Get to know Dr. Lesley Esford, VentureLabs’ new executive director

Lesley Esford SFU VentureLabs

As VentureLabs continues to support science and technology companies to scale up, our new executive director Dr. Lesley Esford will bring her visionary leadership and proven record of program design to her new role. Lesley’s entrepreneurship expertise, commitment to social innovation, and experience with our partners and funders make her an exceptional individual for the position.

She is an experienced life sciences professional with a diverse background related to company innovation, commercialization, securing finance, and scientific research and development. Lesley has worked with well over 100 new companies, first in her role as an advisor with NRC-IRAP and subsequently in leadership positions, including her own consulting firm. She has been involved with several organizations including Accel-RX, New Ventures BC, Coast Capital Venture Connection, focused on supporting company growth and entrepreneurship. She is the past President and CEO of LifeSciences BC, championing the life sciences sector.

Lesley has degrees in both Business Administration (Hons. B.Admin.) and Science (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.).  She is a Kauffman Fellow, a Silicon Valley-based international leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators of all kinds.

Read the full Q&A with Lesley where she shares why she is passionate about supporting businesses to get to the next level.

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