Lesley Esford

Dr. Lesley Esford is the President of LifeSciences BC, a not-for-profit, industry association that supports and represents the Life Science community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry. Lesley received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from UBC and has spent many years in academia, industry and government in positions supporting the growth of the Life Sciences sector. Since 2006, she has worked as an ITA for NRC-IRAP, helping over 100 entrepreneurs developing a wide array of products and services, at every stage of the innovation process, from concept to commercialization. Lesley is a Kauffman Fellow, which is a Silicon Valley-based international leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators.