BIC Board Member, Bernard West, Receives LSO Leadership Award

Now entering its 16th year, LSO’s Annual Celebration of Success provides an unsurpassed opportunity for networking within our sector, with approximately 500 industry influencers in attendance from the private sector, government, and academia. This legacy event has formed a reputation as an important platform to recognize the individuals and companies driving the success of Ontario life sciences.

2019 Award Recipients

The 2019 awardees are as follows:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: David Naylor

  • Community Service Award: Brian Underdown

  • Volunteer Award: Jill Osborne

  • Life Science Company of the Year: Exact Imaging

  • LSO Leadership Award: Bernard West

(February 27, 2019: L-R, Bernard West receives LSO Leadership Award, presented by A.J. Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada)

Bernard West

LSO Leadership Award

Dr. Bernard West obtained his BSc and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester - UMIST, where he also taught for 6 years. He was CEO of CANSOLV Technologies of Montreal and President and COO of Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited. Prior and to that, he had 30 years of experience in the chemical industry with Rhone-Poulenc, Imperial Oil [Esso] and Polymer Corporation.

Dr. West has served as Chair of the Board of the Canada’s Chemical Producers Association, The Chemical Institute of Canada, the Ontario BioAuto Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry–Canadian Section. He has been a Member of the Board of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (Washington, D.C.) and Chaired the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry and Co-Ordinated the IUPAC Safety Training Programme.

Dr. West is currently Chair of the Board of Haygain Ltd. in Lambourn UK; and President of Westworks Consulting Limited in Toronto. He is currently serving as Co-Vice-Chair and Founding Co-Chair of the BioIndustrial Innovation Canada / Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (Sarnia) and Co-Chair of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network (Ottawa). He is a member of the board of Sulco Chemicals Ltd (Elmira), a member of the Board of Life Sciences Ontario (Toronto) and a member of the Board of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) in Thunder Bay.