Dr. Karen Burke Joins the Board of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology

Foundation for Student Science and Technology announces the appointment of Dr. Karen Burke to the Board of Directors. “Karen embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table from the leading biotechnology company in Canada. We are very fortunate to have her at our side as we continue to strengthen the Foundation and deliver our Programmes”, Dariusz Burzynski, Chairperson.

Karen A. Burke, Ph.D., is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Amgen Canada Inc, a role she has held since 2006.  She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Research and Development Leadership Team of Amgen Canada.  Karen also serves on the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Peel Region, and has participated extensively on the Regulatory Affairs committees of both BIOTECanada and Rx&D, the former for which she received a 2010 Gold Leaf Award for her contributions to the association.   

Since obtaining her Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from McMaster University, Karen has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in several roles over a career of more than 20 years, including positions in Operations and in Regulatory Affairs at Astra Pharma/AstraZeneca Canada Inc. 

Externally, she served as 2011-2012 President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the national not-for-profit association that unites chemistry professionals who work in industry, academia and government, and more recently, Karen participated as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the State of Canada’s Science Culture.  In addition, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for EthicsCentre CA, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, a non-profit organization with the mission to champion the application of ethical values in the decision-making process of business and other organizations.