Join the CENE for a day of discovery, collisions, networking and learning at the inaugural 2019 Catalyst Forum. Engage with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and CENE members to discuss the most intriguing developments in life sciences and technology coming out of Canada.


The CENE Catalyst Forum is innovative from the top down. We’ve called on CENE executive members to help us design a conference they would clear their schedules to attend. The Forum’s organizing team is rich with experience, accomplishments and an earnest intention to help others succeed. Here’s the team.

Event Chair



Karla MacDonald
Desaulniers, Susan

Director, Clinical Program Leader, Biogen

Lin, Debbie

Executive Director, Digital Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund


VP, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Kyn Therapeutics

VP, External Innovation, Eli Lilly

Pierce, Rick

Managing Partner,

FEP Capital Advisors

Accelerating collisions for global Canadians.

Mentoring the most innovative Canadian founders in life sciences and technology has been CENE’s mission since our founding in 2013. Now, we’re looking to maximize our impact with the launch of our Catalyst Forum. Designed to bring together over 100 sponsors, founders and investors, the Forum will focus on identifying and fostering the most promising life sciences and technology emerging from Canada today.




CENE (Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England) is a nonprofit, member-driven organization dedicated to empowering Canadians to grow successful businesses globally. Our community is made up of highly accomplished Canadian expatriates (and friends of Canada) thriving in the Boston innovation hub ecosystem. We are executives of leading technology and life sciences companies, experienced start-up entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. By leveraging our professional networks, expertise and experiences, we connect, educate and position ambitious Canadians to realize their full business potential.

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