Dr. Christine Allen is the Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives (AVPVP SI) at the University of Toronto. In this role, she leads the identification, assessment, prioritization and support of strategic, cross-divisional, excellence-driven, institutional initiatives. She is a full professor in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and holds a PhD in chemistry. Her research focuses on the design of innovative materials and drug delivery technologies. She is the co-founder and served as President of Nanovista Inc., a company focused on high-precision, image-guided cancer therapy. Professor Allen 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. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Controlled Release, the President of CSPS, and an appointed member of NSERC’s Governing Council and Executive Committee.