Christine Allen is a Professor and the inaugural Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto. She completed her doctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University and post-doctoral research in the Department of Advanced Therapeutics at the B.C. Cancer Agency. She joined the University of Toronto in 2002 and has established a leading research group focused on the design of innovative materials and drug delivery technologies with over 140 peer-reviewed publications in her field. She is co-founder of Nanovista Inc., a J&J Innovations JLabs company developing multi-modal visualization agents for high precision image-guided cancer therapy. She has received career awards from CIHR/Rx&D, the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. She is a fellow of CSPS, the Controlled Release Society and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Christine is President of CSPS and a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of NSERC. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Controlled Release, a pre-eminent journal in pharmaceutics and drug delivery. Christine is a member of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence and a strong advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in research and innovation. In 2019, she launched the book club “Women in STEM: Leading and Reading” for faculty, staff and students at the University of Toronto.