Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Hall served as CEO and President of RepliCel Life Sciences from 2012 through 2015. He was instrumental in diversifying RepliCel’s cell therapy programs from a single program to three current clinical programs, as well as the development the RCI-02 dermal injector device. Previously, Mr. Hall consulted to government, pharma industry, biotech, eHealth and NGO’s for two years. For the prior 15 years, Mr. Hall was a business founder, CFO, CCO, Treasurer and Secretary of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Mr. Hall is a Past Chair and board member of Life Sciences BC and current director of Providence Health Care Research Institute and VANC Pharmaceuticals. He is the author of Life Sciences BC’s position papers for the Premier’s Competition Council Report and Conversation on Health. Mr. Hall was also a member of the BC Task Force on PharmaCare and serves on the board of directors of the Advantage BC. Mr. Hall holds an Honours degree in Economics and an Honours degree in Finance from the University of Manitoba.
Mr. MacKay is a skilled biopharmaceutical executive focused in the field of regenerative medicine for the past 20 years. Mr. MacKay is currently CEO of AVROBIO Inc., a clinical stage company focused on delivering step-change cell & gene therapies targeting cancer and rare disease. Previously, he spent 11 years as CEO of Organogenesis Inc. He is credited with helping build Organogenesis into the leading cell therapy business in the world as measured by revenue, patients treated, FDA indications and overall scale of operations. Mr. MacKay also has a strong pharma heritage, having spent 11 years at Novartis where he held senior leadership positions within the Immunology franchise in Canada, USA and at the Global office in Basel Switzerland.
Mr. MacKay has broad international experience and contacts across pharma, biotech and device industries via leadership roles within the life science industry. Examples include: Chairman of the Board of MassBio, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance of Regenerative Medicine, Advisory Council to the Health Policy Commission for Massachusetts, Deans Advisory Council Western University School of Podiatric Surgery, and Chairman of Audit Committee of the Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (C.C.R.M.).
Mr. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science and two law degrees from McGill University. Prior to obtaining his law degrees, he conducted diabetes research and was involved in medical clinic management. Mr. Jensen began his law practice in 1981, focusing on the corporate and securities sectors in British Columbia. He has gained a wide range of international legal counseling experience, with special expertise in trans-border transactions for companies operating in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Mr. Jensen is a former and current director of a number of private and publicly traded companies and has assisted with financing in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Lewis is a chartered accountant and partner with Lewis and Company, a firm specializing in taxation law since 1993. His areas of expertise include tax planning, acquisitions and divestitures, reorganizations and estate planning. Mr. Lewis is a sought after educator, having taught and presented taxation courses at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and the Canadian Tax Foundation. He served on the Taxation Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for three years and as President and Secretary-Treasurer at the Jericho Tennis Club for a combined ten years. Mr. Lewis is currently a member of the University Endowment Lands Community Advisory Committee.
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Buckler has been an executive in the cell therapy sector since 2000 beginning with Malachite Management in the Stem Cell Technologies group of companies. Most recently he was the Managing Director of Cell Therapy Group, a firm he formed in 2008 where he did business development consulting for companies and organizations in or interested in the cell therapy sector. His work included deal-targeting, transactions, market intelligence, competitive analyses, strategic assessments, and market profile planning for companies ranging from top-tier multinationals to start-ups. Mr. Buckler has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Law Degree. After law school, he did a one year judicial clerkship with the B.C. Supreme Court and was a practicing attorney for three years at Edwards, Kenny & Bray. Mr. Buckler served six years as the Executive Director of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and just over two years as Director of Business Development for Progenitor Cell Therapy. He is on the editorial advisory boards of the journal Regenerative Medicine and the BioProcess International magazine as well as the Co-Chair of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine’s Communications and Education Committee. He co-founded Cell Therapy News, founded Cell Therapy Blog, founded and continues to manage the LinkedIn Cell Therapy Industry Group, co-founded Regenerative Medicine Jobs, and is an active industry commentator in publications and in social media. Mr. Buckler serves on numerous industry conference advisory boards, is an advisory board member for BioCision, Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy and RoosterBio, and is on the Board of Directors for Hemostemix.
Dr. Challis is an internationally-recognized researcher in the fields of physiology, obstetrics and gynaecology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and articles, trained more than 70 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has served as President of several professional associations in his field of research.
In 2007, Dr. Challis was awarded The McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for important research of sustained excellence in medical science. In 2009, Dr. Challis received the President’s Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). Currently, he holds the rank of University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Departments of Physiology, Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is also the past-President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, British Columbia’s health research funding organization.