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PDA Canada Chapter

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Nunavut / Ontario / Quebec / Nova Scotia / New Brunswick / Manitoba / Prince Edward Island / Saskatchewan / Alberta / Newfoundland and Labrador / Northwest Territories / Yukon

Our Chapter

The Canadian Chapter of the PDA is an extension of the international non-profit organization The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). The local chapter focuses its efforts towards organizing and providing local events targeted at pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry members, especially those involved in development, manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.

The Canadian Chapter of the PDA is comprised of volunteers from a variety of local industry organizations and is made up of an executive and program committee. The Canadian chapter of the PDA organizes one major conference annually and some seminars and workshops throughout the year. The objective of these events is to provide industry professionals with a venue and platform to converse and exchange information, while enjoying presentations from the top industry professionals.

The Canadian Chapter of the PDA aspires to be an integral link in education and is always looking for new volunteers who may assist us in our efforts. Your support, comments and suggestions are the mechanism to our improved success.


We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors for their active involvement and support of our Chapter. It helps us bring valuable educational and networking opportunities to industry members across Canada, while highlighting your organization’s interest in advancing the Canadian pharma/biopharma landscape through PDA’s mission of Connecting People, Science and Regulation ®.

We extend an invitation for you to engage with our Chapter through a range of sponsorship opportunities.

Please consider partnering with our Chapter as we focus our efforts to be an integral link in education, science, and regulation for the Canadian pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry.

- The PDA Canada Chapter Executive Committee

For any inquiries regarding sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Antonella Maggio.

Thank you for considering our event and we hope to hear from you soon.

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History of the Chapter

The PDA's Canadian Chapter was formed in 1988 though the guidance of Ed Fitzgerald, who was recruited by Fred Carleton, former Executive Vice President of the PDA. He very persuasively called upon Richard Kirchner, Peter Dunlop, John Teixeira and Jenny Allewell to become the first executives. They were President, Treasurer, Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Ed was Director-at-Large, reporting and coordinating with the PDA office.

The Canadian Chapter was the PDA's first foreign chapter, and as such, we had rather unusual growing pains. Many long hours of debate went into the bylaws and it was through Peter and Rick's persistence that they were finally accepted by PDA's Board.

Our first meetings consisted of courses held in Toronto in April of 1989, and in 1991 we had meetings in Toronto and Montreal. In the fall of 1993 the Montreal program committee launched the first full-day seminar to be conducted totally in French.

1994 was a year of transition for the Canadian Chapter, with the departure of our Past President, Richard Kirchner, who had been with the chapter since the beginning, and to whom we owe many thanks. In that year, much of our efforts went into reorganizing the chapter, redefining the role of each officer and developing a new approach to better serve our members. We realized that it was though communication that we would strengthen ourselves and one major undertaking was the establishment of a Canadian Information Letter. The first issue of the Information Letter was published in November 1994and was available in both official languages, French and English.

Since that time, the following devoted persons have succeeded as our Chapter Presidents: Mrs. Suzanne Levesque (Sabex Inc.), Mr. Yves Archambault (Sabex Inc.), Mrs. Grace Chin (SNC-Lavalin Pharma) and Mr. Hein Wick (HWMR), and Mr. Patrick Bronsard (SNC-Lavalin Pharma)

Because of the vastness of our country, we need more than ever to create opportunities to form networks of understanding and cooperation. Forming liaisons with other sectors of the industry is one way that we can maintain the vital contacts needed to keep the pharmaceutical industry alive and well in our country.

Committee Members
  • Claire Feiter, Jubilant HollisterStier LLC
  • Dr. Nickett Donaldson-Kabwe, Northern RNA Inc.
  • Divyang Patel, AtkinsRéalis
  • Robin Usselman, ACIC Machinery Inc.
  • Dr. Marcel Bassil, CGI Inc.
  • Pierrino Torbey, Lesirg Consultants Inc.
  • Sorina Ioncu,  Consultant
  • Joelle Laudisio, Consultant
  • Vajiha Hussain, PharmEng Technology
  • Carolina González Gaitán, Genesis Packaging Technologies
Quality Culture Roundtable & Luncheon, June 2023.
Toronto & Montreal
Canada Chapter 2023 - Quality Culture luncheon
Technology Transfer Web Event, TR 65, November 2022.
Speaker: Beth Haas
PIC TR 65 Tech Transfer event
Transport of Drug Products, May 2013
PDA Canada Chapter 'Transport of Drug Products' May 2013
Cost of Quality and Risk Management, November 2012
Canada Chapter, November 2012
Toronto Dinner Boat Cruise, September 2009
PDA Canadian Chapter: Toronto Dinner Boat Cruise September 2009
Chapter Dinner, February 2008
Canada Chapter, February 2008

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  • Antonella Maggio

    Sr. Quality & Regulatory Compliance Consultant


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  • Sabrina Ullah



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