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Genome BC
Executive Director, Corporate Development

Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) leads genomics research and innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. A recognized catalyst for government and industry, Genome BC invests in research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in life sciences to address challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agrifood, energy, mining and environment. Genome BC partners with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC's bioeconomy. 

Genome BC is looking for a strategic and talented individual to join its leadership team as the Executive Director, Corporate Development. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, this role supports the delivery of the corporate mandate in close cooperation with other members of the management team by delivering cross-functional programs and initiatives, building relationships with key stakeholders, and taking the lead on emerging opportunities. This innovative role leads the corporate development portfolio by providing entrepreneurial support to expand and strengthen industry cooperation; developing Genome BC’s Innovation pillar; and identifying and managing strategic partnerships. As well, the Executive Director will inform and coordinate all government relations responsibilities for Genome BC.

Given the nature of this multi-faceted position, the ideal candidate could come from a variety of career paths, but key characteristics will be the individual’s commitment to and understanding of working within a scientific-oriented environment (health, academia, resources etc.) where collaboration, teamwork, innovation and ethics are never compromised. This role is suited to a senior leader, likely operating within a regulatory environment or within an organization that is connected to research where there is a high degree of outreach to stakeholders and partner groups, and a need to relate technical and/or scientific concepts to everyday application. The Executive Director, Corporate Development will have the relationship skills and strategic capability to work closely with Genome BC’s key government partners, and will be adept at working with senior officials at all levels within both the public and private sectors. As well, the successful candidate will bring experience in strategic planning, best practices in stakeholder engagement, and knowledge of communications strategies that will help to create continued positive awareness and measurable impact of Genome BC’s work.

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