Dr. Lesia M. Babiak is the head of Johnson & Johnson’s Government Affairs & Policy for Canada. In her role she is responsible for overseeing J&J Canada’s government strategy, relationships, and interactions, on behalf of the six J&J businesses in Canada. Lesia also chairs the J&J Canada’s Government Affairs Council, which has representation from each of the business units and is responsible for coordinated all government related activity.

Lesia has been with J&J since 2000 and has been active on a number of committees and Management Boards including LifeScan Canada Inc., the BIOTECanada Health Advisory Board as well as various industry association committees for Rx&D, IMC and Medtech. Lesia is an elected member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as the Canadian Ukrainian Chamber of Commerc. Also, she is a previous Chair of the Ukrainian Care Center Board and a member of the Alliance Hospice Board and is currently a member of the Ivan Franko Home Board.

Previously, Lesia worked at the Ministry of Health in Ontario as the Associate Director within the Drug Programs Branch where she led a number of clinical initiatives and a process redesign effort that included interfaces with key Ministry stakeholders such as the OMA, OPA and the industry. In 1995, Lesia served as a Health Advisor with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where her work focused on assisting Eastern European universities to revise their pharmacy curriculum to be more clinically oriented. During that time she served as the Medical lead for the Help Us Help the Children Project.

Lesia holds a B.Sc.Pharm. from the University of Toronto, a Pharm.D. from Wayne State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. She is a 2018 graduate of the Rotman School of Business Directors Education Program (DEP) and has secured the ICD.D designation. Lesia is married, lives in Toronto, and has one daughter, two stepdaughters, 4 grandchildren and 2 very active dogs.