Dr. Luis Barreto, member of the Global Health Advisory Board, accepted the Life Sciences of Ontario (LSO) Award for Community Service, at the 2015 LSO Annual Awards Gala Dinner in Toronto on February 25.
The LSO’s Community Service Award recognizes an individual who, in their career, has helped build the life sciences community in Ontario and strengthen its local and global reputation. The individual will have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the area of community service.
Dr. Luis Barreto is President of Dr. Luis Barreto & Associates, a consultancy firm specializing in vaccine development, immunization, science policy, global health and biotechnology. Currently, he is also the Special Advisor to the Vaccine Program, Human Health Therapeutics with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).
Dr. Barreto was formerly Vice-President of Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Vice-President of Immunization and Science Policy, and a member of the Senior Management Team at Sanofi Pasteur Canada, as well as a member of its Global Public Policy group. He spent more than 23 years in research and development, leading clinical trials, licensing and launching vaccines, working closely with Canadian and international investigators and policymakers, and helping to shape immunization policy in Canada and globally. Prior to joining Sanofi Pasteur Canada, he was the first Territorial Epidemiologist of the Northwest Territories.
In addition to his work in industry, Dr. Barreto’s professional and volunteer involvements have spanned all facets of the public health landscape, including academia, government, not-for-profit, and philanthropic/charitable spaces in Canada and internationally. In addition to his work with his consultancy firm and the NRC, Dr. Barreto is involved with many boards of directors and advisory panels in all these areas.
Dr. Barreto is a recipient of the BIOTECanada Community Service Award; the Research Canada Award of Distinction; the BioSciences Education Canada Meritorious Service Award; and the March of Dimes Canada Paul Martin Sr. Award.
He is married to wife Lorraine and they have two sons, Rohit and Rahul.