Laleh Bighash, B.Pharm, MBA

Toronto, ON, Canada
President and Dean of Scientific Affairs, AAPS
Speaker Year | 2018 | Toronto 2019

Ms. Bighash is the Dean of Pharmaceutical & Scientific Affairs and President of AAPS – a registered career college by Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development offering applied education and hands-on training for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, Food, Cannabis and allied industry. Currently AAPS is the only college with an approved and registered Cannabis program by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development of Ontario.

Ms. Bighash has a B.Pharm degree as well as the Bachelor degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Toronto, Canada. She also obtained her Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Schulich School of Business in Toronto, specializing in Finance and Strategy.

Ms. Bighash is a co-founder and past Editor-in-chief of Canada’s only Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Trade magazine and a past member of board of directors of Ontario Association of Career Colleges. She has lectured extensively and has been an invited speaker at many academic and industry events. She has extensively consulted and mentored both the employers as well as employees on best hiring and career strategies.

She has over 20 years of experience working for number of multinational pharmaceutical companies such as Genpharm Inc., Bayer Corp. and Eli Lilly & Company and number of Food and Cannabis organizations in various capacities such as Research and Development, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Compliance, Financial Planning, and Business development.

In her current role as the Dean of Scientific Affairs and President of AAPS, she manages the educational and training direction of the college. Her activities include management of industry and government relations, overseeing of student, faculty, and staff activities and development of education policies and course contents of the AAPS programs. She works closely with pharma, food, and cannabis companies helping graduates and students get a better understanding of the job market and vast career opportunities with the industry.


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