Key AbbVie People

AbbVie Canada is made up of dedicated teams committed to the advancement of research into new treatments for patients. But first and foremost, AbbVie is about the people who devote their time to developing new, effective medications for Canadians who need them.

In this section, we’d like to give you a quick look at our organization, and give our people an opportunity to introduce themselves and share some of their passion for their work.


EMPLOYEES OF ABBVIE

The Medical Affairs division, made up of medical advisors and scientific experts is contributing to AbbVie's many therapeutic areas from leading scientific projects to helping get a medication to market.

The Clinical Research department is responsible for the conduct of AbbVie’s studies in Canada. Its mission is to ensure that all clinical studies give priority to patients, with strict adherence to ethical and regulatory practices.

Anne and her team of Site Clinical Research Associates and Associate Clinical Operations Managers focus on the Global Clinical Trials; phases I to IV studies conducted in many countries including Canada.

Chantal and her team of Project Managers and Research Associates focus on Local Clinical Trials; from observational studies conducted by AbbVie after Health Canada approval of a medication to many studies initiated by independent Canadian researchers and supported by AbbVie.

These expert teams have various responsibilities: coordinating study submissions to Health Canada and various Ethics Committees, selecting Canadian sites and researchers, overseeing the studies with particular attention to patient safety, ensuring that the study’s milestones and budget are respected, providing daily support to Canadian research sites, assisting with patient recruitment and monitoring the data for accuracy and consistency.


WHAT OUR TEAM HAS TO SAY

Portrait of ANNE OHAYON

ANNE OHAYON

Country Clinical Operations Manager

Site Management & Monitoring

"It’s such amazing work to be able to help discover new treatments. Even if we don’t meet the patients face to face, we know their medical history — so we’re thrilled every time we find out that our efforts have brought them effective treatment and relief of their symptoms."

Portrait of CHANTAL LACASSE

CHANTAL LACASSE

Senior Clinical Operations Manager

Medical Affairs

"My work is truly satisfying when people tell me what an impact our medications have had on their daily lives. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a medication put on the market and being used by people we know, or not, and knowing that we worked on those studies. That’s when I say to myself: there’s a little piece of us in that!"

Portrait of MARIE-JOSÉE FOURNELLE

MARIE-JOSÉE FOURNELLE

Project Manager, Clinical Research

Medical Affairs

"For me, working in clinical research isn’t only a way to contribute to the advancement of science. With our work, we strive to find ways that will help people improve their quality of life. When our research nurses tell us that the patients in one of our studies are doing better, I really feel that I’m doing my part for society."

Portrait of SUZANNE EL-HADI

SUZANNE EL-HADI

Study Project Manager I

Clinical Program Development – Oncology

"In one of my centres, the coordinator told me that our drug changed a child’s life. This young boy was covered in psoriasis , had itching, slept poorly, was teased by other children, had scales that fell all around him ... and now he doesn’t suffer from any of these. It’s very moving to hear stories like that and we’re so proud to have contributed to changing someone’s life."

Portrait of JOSÉE LAFORTUNE

JOSÉE LAFORTUNE

Clinical Research Associate

Medical Affairs

"You motivate us to do better so that you’ll be better."

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NATHALIE FOUCAULT

Senior Project Manager, Clinical Research

Medical Affairs

"I chose to pursue studies in the health field because I always had the desire and wish to help people achieve better health. Hearing testimonials from people whose lives were improved thanks to the development of new products or knowing that the creation of patient support programs has made a difference, is a great source of motivation.

Having the privilege to help is a deep, satisfying feeling that makes me want to continue day after day."

Portrait of KARINE TRUDEAU

KARINE TRUDEAU

Study Management Associate III

Clinical Program Development

"I always keep in mind that what I am doing on a daily basis can have a direct impact on a patient’s life. The best part of my job is when a doctor or a study coordinator tells me that our drug has changed the life of one of their patients. That really makes my day! It’s the reason I work in clinical research: to help patients feel better and/or live longer."