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Mark Lievonen

President, Sanofi Pasteur Limited

Mark Lievonen is President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, the Canadian vaccine division of Sanofi. Sanofi Pasteur researches, develops and manufactures vaccines for Canadians and for export to global markets.

Mr. Lievonen has been with the company since 1983. He started in the treasury department and was promoted to Corporate Vice President, Finance, in 1988. Since 1990, Mr. Lievonen has held a number of senior management positions, including responsibility for the company’s commercial operations.

Prior to his appointment as President in March 1999, Mr. Lievonen was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Oncology Business Unit. He was responsible for the strategy and funding of Sanofi Pasteur’s Cancer Vaccine Program and the global marketing and sales of its cancer immunotherapeutic products.

Mr. Lievonen is a director of Oncolytics Biotech Inc., the Public Policy Forum, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and York University. He is Co-Chair of the Ontario-Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee (PSAC) and a member of the Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council.

Mr. Lievonen is Chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation Board and a director of Markham Stouffville Hospital, Rx&D and BIOTECanada. He is a past Chair of the Ontario Genomics Institute, the Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovations, BIOTECanada and the Steering Committee for the BIO 2002 International Conference.

Mr. Lievonen was a member of the BIOCouncil, an advisory group to the Government of Ontario and the Toronto Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto Cabinet, chairing the Health Care Division.

Mr. Lievonen holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a Chartered Accountant and received his designation while working with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Lievonen was the recipient of a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medallion in 2002, was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite by the government of France in 2007 and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Medal in 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009.