Quest Management Team
Madi Madiyalakan, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Dr. Madiyalakan is the CEO of the Corporation and has served in this capacity since August 2006. Prior to joining the Corporation, he was one of the founders of SonoLight Pharmaceuticals Corp. (served as its CEO and Director), CanBiocin Inc. (served as President, CEO and Director) and AltaRex Corp. (served as Vice-President, Planning and Chief Scientific Officer). Between 1987 and 1995 Dr. Madiyalakan served in various senior positions at Biomira Inc. Dr. Madiyalakan was previously Executive Vice-President, Research and Development of the Corporation. Dr. Madiyalakan holds a Masters (Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) and a Certificate in Management Development. In addition, he has over 40 years of academic and industrial research experience on an international basis. He has published extensively and been an inventor of a number of patents.
J. Mark Lievonen, C.M., FCPA, FCA, LLD
Mr. Lievonen has over 30 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. From 1999 to 2016, Mr. Lievonen was the President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, the Canadian vaccine division of Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company. He is a Director of Sano Nanotech Inc., Biome Grow Inc. and the Gairdner Foundation. Mr. Lievonen has served on a number of industry and not-for-profit boards including as the Chair of R&D (now Innovative Medicines Canada), BIOTECanada, the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, and the Ontario Genomics Institute, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, as a Director of the Public Policy Forum and as a Governor of York University. Mr. Lievonen was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015, named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Mérite by the government of France in 2007, and was inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013. Mr. Lievonen holds a BBA and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2007.
Shawn Lu, CIM, MFin
Mr. Lu is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Hepalink USA Inc. and has served in this capacity since 2014. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Lu was employed as the Area Manager for BMO Bank of Montreal in the central Greater Toronto area. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Lu worked with the TD Bank as a Residential Mortgage Manager in North York, Toronto. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Lu worked as a senior financial advisor for TD Bank in Toronto. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Lu was employed with ShenZhen Hepalink Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd as the CFO and VP of Corporate Finance. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Lu was employed as the VP of Investment and Corporate Finance with ShenZhen FuTianXin Investment Co., Ltd. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Lu worked as the General Manager, Corporate finance department, and Manager, Investment and Finance department for China Merchant Shekou Port Co. Ltd. (a ShenZhen Stock Exchange listed company). Mr. Lu has extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets and investment financing. Mr. Lu has a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM, Canada) designation and also a Master of Finance Management from Queens University, School of Business, Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Lu also holds a Certified Accountant and Certified Corporate Economist designation in China and has a Master of Corporate Economics and Business Administration from ZhongNan University, Wuhan, China.
Jeffrey Shon, JD
Mr. Shon is the General Partner and Chief Operating Officer of REDDS Capital, a venture capital group focused on emerging technologies, since 2015. Since 2020 he has been an advisor to LOK360, a Thai-domiciled company providing legal advisory services to Thai based enterprises. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. Shon served as General Counsel to KNOWPIA, an online knowledge platform. During 2018 and 2019, Mr. Shon served as General Counsel to Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit, an initiative comprised of a series of conferences with a dedicated cryptocurrency fund. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Shon was an analyst, Listed Issuer Services and 2012 to 2015, Senior Manager, Compliance and Disclosure, with the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Shon received his Juris Doctor (business law) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and has an Honours BA degree (political science) from York University, Toronto.
Pierre Vermette, C.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Pierre Vermette brings to Quest PharmaTech Inc. experience in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance and financial reporting. Prior to his employment with Quest he was employed for more than 11 years with the Alberta Securities Commission as a Securities Analyst, where he worked in Continuous Disclosure and Corporate Finance. Prior to that, he was employed as a Staff Accountant with MacKay & Partners, Chartered Accountants and also with Ernst & Young LLP.