Barreto and Gibson join BEC Patrons’ Council
December 4, 2012 by admin
Toronto, Dec. 3, 2012 — Dr. Luis Barreto, of Toronto, and John Gibson, of Markham, have joined the Patrons Council of Bioscience Education Canada (BEC), Jeff Graham, Chair of the BEC Board of Directors, announced today.
Dr. Barreto is an internationally-known medical doctor, scientist and business executive who has contributed significantly to the development of lifesaving vaccines around the world. He is the former Vice President of Immunization and Science Policy at Sanofi Pasteur, and continues his work in healthcare, public health and vaccinology as President of Dr. Luis Barreto & Associates. He is a Senior Advisor to the National Research Council of Canada and Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC) at Health Sciences North. He also currently serves on the Boards of Directors and advisory committees of numerous organizations, including Research Canada, March of Dimes Canada, VIDO/InterVac and the Masters of Science in Global Health program at McMaster and Maastricht Universities.
Dr. Barreto has worked passionately to support the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, BECâ€™s flagship program, since its inception in 1994. For the past decade, he has been Chair of the programâ€™s national judging panel.
Mr. John Gibson serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of E.E.S Financial Services Ltd., Canada’s first and oldest fee-only ‘time based’ personal financial planning company that he founded in 1968. Mr. Gibson has served as a director of a number of private sector and charitable organizations including the Chairmanâ€™s Campaign Cabinet for Markham Stouffville Hospital, the Childrenâ€™s Aid Foundation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is also a former President of the Optimist Club (Montreal Chapter). In addition, Mr. Gibson is a director of a TSE-listed company â€“ Enghouse Systems Ltd, a leading global provider of enterprise software solutions serving a variety of vertical markets.
Dr. Barreto and Mr. Gibson join the following distinguished Canadians on the BEC Patrons Council: Dr. Alan Bernstein, Dr. William Cochrane, Dr. John Dirks, Dr. John Evans and Dr. Peter Hackett.
BEC is a non-profit, charitable Canadian science education organization which supports the expansion of Canadaâ€™s bioeconomy by educating students, teachers and the public about the economic and social benefits of using biotechnology to create new drugs, foods, fuels and solutions to environmental problems. In addition to the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, BEC offers a number of specialized educational programs in the life sciences across Canada.