Canada Talks Pharma 2016: a New Way Forward in Clinical Trials

From May 25-26, 2016, multiple stakeholders in clinical research will gather together in Montreal, Canada, to inspire relevant discussions and provide meaningful solutions on key issues in running international clinical trials.  The Clinical Research Association of Canada (CRAC) is co-hosting this event in collaboration with a leading Clinical Research Organization based in Canada, Vantage BioTrials (the main organizer). For more information about CRAC, please visit  For more information about Vantage BioTrials, please visit

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Conference Goals


Provide a setting to profile innovative ideas & new technologies in clinical research


Thoughtful discussions in research, policies, and international regulations


A networking opportunity to encourage more global collaboration with international stakeholders in Clinical Trials

Latest News

Canada: a World Leading Location to Conduct Clinical Trials

Ottawa, ON, May 10, 2016– by Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada
The Organizers of the upcoming and most anticipated clinical trials conference of the year, “Canada Talks Pharma 2016: a New Way Forward in Clinical Trials”, are pleased to share the following informational brochure from the department of Global Affairs, Government of Canada, regarding the strengths of the clinical research environment across our large nation. Click here to access the document.

Interview with CTP2016 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Greg Koski, CEO of ACRES

Laval, QC, April 07, 2016– by Vatche Bartekian, CTP 2016 Organizing Committee
We recently had the pleasure to interview Dr. Greg Koski, CEO of ACRES about his take on the future of the clinical research industry.  To learn more about his insights, read the transcript of the interview by clicking here.

Canada Talks Pharma 2016 Featured in Biotechnology Focus Magazine

Toronto, February 09, 2016– by Terri Pavelic, Biotechnology Focus
On this week’s show, Biotechnology Focus Editor-In-Chief Terri Pavelic interviews Vatche Bartekian, president of Vantage Biotrials about the upcoming CanadaTalksPharma 2016 international clinical trials conference.  To learn more about this exciting event, hear the podcast by clicking here.

Canada Talks Pharma 2016 Venue Announced

Montreal, December 9, 2015In the spirit of fostering health and innovation in pharmaceutical research, we are pleased to announce that Canada Talks Pharma 2016 will be held at Le Westin Montreal hotel in the historic Old Port district of the city.  Montreal is well-known for being a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovators, and Le Westin Montreal offers its guests a holistic & healthy environment to conduct exciting and engaging meetings between clinical research stakeholders.
Our conference will be held in the Fortifications Ballroom in Le Westin Montreal. The room was especially selected for Canada Talks Pharma for its inspiring and unique space providing an excellent environment for an event dedicated to innovation in drug development.
For more information about “Canada Talks Pharma: A New Way Forward in Clinical Trials”, or if you are interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring, please contact Vatche Bartekian at 

The Evolving Clinical Trial Landscape in Canada

Toronto, November 16, 2015– by Diane Gajewczyk, Biotechnology Focus
There has been a flurry of activity in recent years to address some of the challenges in Canada’s ability to compete globally for clinical trial participation. It is encouraging to see the broad range of stakeholders from provincial and federal governments, to academic research institutions to industry associations join together at conferences, workshops and discussion forums to address Canada’s languishing rate of clinical trial participation. These efforts are vital if we are to improve the business climate for Canadian clinical trials.  To learn more about the evolving clinical trial landscape in Canada, please click here.

Conference Format

This is the first of hopefully many such conferences. We expect to see a broad participation from clinical research professionals with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, generic, CRO and site representation.

Food and Beverage

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. There will be nutrition breaks set up at appropriate intervals during the conference as well.

Accredited Learning Activities

Attendees at the conference can apply to obtain a Certification of Attendance. This can be used toward CEUs for the Clinical Research Professional of Canada accreditation. It can also be self-reported to count as CEUs towards SOCRA and ACRP certification.

Sponsors, Partners & Exhibitors