Founded in 2009 by a group of Canadian business leaders based in the state’s Research Triangle region, the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina (CBANC) is an exchange where business leaders meet to share knowledge, connect, network, and build awareness of the significance of the US-Canadian relationship. CBANC produces a number of events featuring prominent Canadians, including executives and politicians.
The latest event, slated for June 5 at 5:30 pm at the RTP campus of Medicago USA, features Santo J. “Sandy” Costa, a former executive at Glaxo, Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Quintiles Transnational Corp in the Triangle. An acclaimed author, speaker, and attorney, Mr. Costa’s business experience includes over 40 years in various executive roles in the pharmaceutical, health care, and life sciences industries, as well as time spent as a practicing attorney.
Mr. Costa currently serves as Of Counsel to the law firm Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan of Raleigh. In addition to his ongoing professional work as an attorney, Mr. Costa serves on several boards of directors for publicly-traded and privately-held companies.
Mr. Costa continues to impact the Triangle area on a number of fronts, serving as an adjunct professor in the clinical research program at the Campbell University School of Pharmacy, as well as on the advisory committee of the Duke Brain Tumor Center, the Duke University Medical Center Board of Visitors, the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program Board of Advisors, and the advisory board of the University of North Carolina Thurston Arthritis Research Center.
In 2008, Mr. Costa published his first book, Humanity at Work: Encouraging Spirit, Achievement & Truth to Flourish in the Workplace.
“We are proud to join Medicago in supporting the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina and bringing Sandy Costa to speak to an engaging, diverse group of business leaders here in the Triangle,” stated Paul Meade, founder and President of Thought Leader Select. “As a former Glaxo executive myself, I saw Sandy’s leadership skills first-hand, and those of us who work in the life sciences here in the Triangle have Sandy to thank for helping build out several companies here to reach their full potential, creating jobs and commercial opportunity for thousands of people and companies here.”