Mr. Lievonen is the former President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, the Canadian vaccine division of Sanofi. Under his leadership, Sanofi Pasteur became a billion dollar enterprise in Canada, manufacturing over 50 million doses of vaccines for both domestic and international markets. Mr. Lievonen spearheaded a cancer vaccine program and supported the launch of a five-component pertussis vaccine, which is widely used to this day. He has also served on a number of public and not-for-profit boards and industry organizations including as Chair of BIOTECanada and Rx&D (now Innovative Medicines Canada).
Currently, Mr. Lievonen is the Co-Chair of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, a Director of OncoQuest Pharmaceuticals Inc., Biome Grow Inc., and the Gairdner Foundation. He holds a BBA in accounting and a MBA in finance and marketing from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is a FCPA.