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Recap Special Event – Vaccines

photo of woman      Speaker: Kimberly Matheson,
Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur
Date:  July 13, 2020 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Topic:  Vaccine Development

Kimberly Matheson gave a very interesting talk about vaccines. It takes just a moment to receive an injected or oral vaccine but 10-15 years to develop and produce it, primarily because the importance of testing for safety. So many issues have to be considered apart from safety, such as target age group, injection or oral, and cost among other things.

Kimberly urged us all to get annual flu shots, especially because “As we age our immunity is significantly less strong. There are serious repercussions without a flu injection.”


with thanks to member SG

Biography:  Kimberly is a Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi Group.  She leads a global, multi-functional team in the development of new vaccines to address unmet medical needs.  Her positive influence has been realized in multiple areas of vaccine development such as clinical supplies, alliance management, internal/external stakeholder engagement, compliance and risk mitigation.  

Our new lineup of Speakers

three women stand at podium

We’ve got an interesting mix of speakers for the club’s 2019-2020 season. We start our Speakers Program with September’s Sylvia Bashevkin. Read more about her and the other speakers here.

NOTE: we have a new start date only for this year; it is September 23 at 7 pm. 

Recap May speaker

The speaker at our annual dinner, Jim Hayhurst, kept the audience spellbound with his story of how he climbed Mount Everest in 1988, although he had never before mountaineered. At 47 Jim was the oldest member of his team, which included his son.

His harrowing climb up the mountain included a near miss with an avalanche, his son in danger of going over a cliff, and Jim’s suffering from the ill effects of high altitude. Because of the latter he had to stop short of Everest’s peak. Nonetheless he had proved he could do “the extreme.”

The life lessons he learned led him to found a disadvantaged youth-help organization – Trails Youth Initiatives which has improved the lives of hundreds. He also wrote a book, The Right Mountain, about his experience.

with thanks to the club archivist

Recap April Speaker

Our April speaker was Metis artist Diane Montreuil, who is a many talented woman. As well as painting, she also does leather, drums and spiritual dolls; in addition to that, she is a French Indigenous Docent at the ROM museum and runs a home improvement company. 

It  wasn’t until she was an adult that she learned about Metis heritage and traditions.  She explained the importance of grandmothers in her culture and the value of having “gratitude for the gift of life.” That gratitude is why she uses vivid colours in her paintings, which are exhibited in 225 locations across Canada and the U.S.

With thanks to the club archivist.


At the annual May dinner our speaker, Jim Hayhurst , will be selling his book “The Right Mountain – Lessons From Everest On the Real Meaning of Success” for $30 cash or cheque.