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Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (XENE.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Tarnow

71 Chairman of the Board

Ian Mortimer

39 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

James Empfield

2016 Senior Vice President - Drug Discovery

Robin Sherrington

54 2012 Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development

Charles Cohen

66 2008 Vice President - Biology

Yigal Goldberg

55 2010 Vice President of Clinical Development

Karen Corraini

60 2003 General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Simon Pimstone

47 2003 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mohammad Azab

59 2003 Director

Steven Gannon

55 2015 Director

Michael Hayden

65 Director

Frank Holler

57 Director

Gary Patou

57 Director

Richard Scheller

64 2015 Director

Dawn Svoronos

63 2016 Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Tarnow

Mr. Michael Tarnow is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Since 1995, Mr. Tarnow has been an advisor to and member of the boards of directors of private and public healthcare and biotechnology companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Axcan Pharma, Creative Biomolecules, Inc., Caprion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and MediGene AG. He served as chair of EntreMed, Inc. from February 2003 to February 2009, and served as Executive Chair of EntreMed, Inc. from February 2009 to January 2012. Mr. Tarnow holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law. Our Board believes that Mr. Tarnow is qualified to serve on our Board because of his senior management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and his knowledge and perspective on the Corporation.

Ian Mortimer

Mr. Ian C. Mortimer, MBA., CPA., CMA. is a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to joining us, Mr. Mortimer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (“Tekmira”), a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company focused on the development of RNA interference therapeutic drugs, from 2007 until October 2013. Mr. Mortimer was responsible for all aspects of Tekmira’s finance and capital markets activities and led Tekmira’s listing on NASDAQ in 2010. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mortimer was Chief Financial Officer at Inex Pharmaceuticals and held various other positions at Inex Pharmaceuticals from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Mortimer has an M.B.A. from Queen’s University, a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant.

James Empfield

Dr. James R. Empfield is Senior Vice President - Drug Discovery of the Company. Prior to joining Xenon, Dr. Empfield served as Vice President, Drug Discovery and Chemistry; Co-Head of Research, Boston at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2011 until August 2015. At Vertex, Dr. Empfield was jointly responsible for the oversight of the operations and portfolio of the Boston research organization including the delivery of drug candidates from lead optimization projects into preclinical development. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Empfield was Director, CNS Chemistry Department at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and held various other positions at AstraZeneca from 1990 to 2006. Dr. Empfield has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Chemistry from Bucknell University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Lebanon Valley College.

Robin Sherrington

Mr. Robin Sherrington, Ph.D. is a Senior Vice President of Business & Corporate Development of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. since February 2012, and has held various Senior Director positions in business development and other departments since joining us in March 2001. Prior to joining us, Dr. Sherrington worked at Pfizer, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, as a neuroscientist from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Sherrington also previously served as Director of Neuroscience, from 1996 to 1999, at the biotechnology companies Axys Pharmaceuticals and Sequana Therapeutics. Prior to 1996 Dr. Sherrington was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Toronto, received his Ph.D. from the University College London, and his B.Sc. with honors from University of Reading.

Charles Cohen

Dr. Charles Cohen is a Vice President - Biology of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to joining, Dr. Cohen worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a Research Fellow II from 2004 to 2008. In this position he led biology teams targeting neuropathic pain and neuroinflammation. From 1986 to 2004, Dr. Cohen worked at Merck Research Laboratories (“MRL”). From 2000 to 2004, he served as Director of Neuroscience and was world-wide coordinator of MRL’s research on multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammation. From 1986 to 2000, Dr. Cohen was a member of the Ion Channel department, advancing to the level of Senior Investigator. Prior to MRL, Dr. Cohen served as a Senior Scientist at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Cohen received his Ph.D. in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology from the University of Chicago and received post-doctoral training in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Chicago and the Department of Physiology at Yale University.

Yigal Goldberg

Yigal Paul Goldberg, M.B. ChB., Ph.D., is a Vice President of Clinical Development of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. He as our Senior Director, Clinical Biology and Target Discovery from 2002 until February 2010, as our Senior Director, Scientific Programs from 2001 until 2002, and as our Director and Senior Scientist from 2000 until 2002. Since 2000 Dr. Goldberg has also worked at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Medical Genetics as a Medical Geneticist, Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Goldberg received his M.B. ChB. and Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town, and he obtained his specialization in clinical genetics, FRCPC from the University of British Columbia.

Karen Corraini

Ms. Karen Corraini J.D, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. and has held various positions since joining us in June 2001. Prior to joining us, Ms. Corraini practiced law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP from January 2000 until June 2001. From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Corraini was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network, an organization focused on the discovery and commercialization of microbiology-related research from a Canada-wide consortium of researchers. Prior to that, Ms. Corraini practiced law at the Canadian law firms of Goldsmith and Harshorne and Ferguson Gifford. Ms. Corraini is a member of the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Technology Initiative and of the British Columbia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She also serves as a member of the Research Advisory Council for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. She received her Medical Laboratory Technology Degree from SAIT and Foothills Hospital, and a J.D. from the University of Victoria.

Simon Pimstone

Dr. Simon Pimstone M.B., ChB., Ph.D. is a President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to founding our Corporation, Dr. Pimstone trained as a clinical research fellow with the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia from 1994 until 1998, where he was responsible for managing a provincial lipid clinic outreach program providing lipid management to at risk patients in the Province of British Columbia. Dr. Pimstone holds an M.B. ChB. from the University of Cape Town, a FRCPC from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in cardiovascular genetics. Dr. Pimstone is a former director of Indel Therapeutics and a former director and chair of the Board of Directors of LifeSciences British Columbia, a non-profit industry association that supports the life science community, and a former director of the Providence Healthcare Research Trust, BC Advantage Life Sciences Fund, and BIOTECanada. Dr. Pimstone also serves as director of the private biotechnology company Enject Therapeutics Inc. since 2008 and a director of Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc. since 2012, where he is also a member of the Compensation Committee. Our Board believes that Dr. Pimstone possesses specific attributes that qualify him to serve as a director, including his extensive executive leadership experience, many years of service on our Board and as our Chief Executive Officer and extensive knowledge of the Corporation and industry.

Mohammad Azab

Dr. Mohammad Azab is Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Azab has been the Chief Medical Officer of Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of drugs in oncology and other areas, since July 2009 and has been President and Chief Medical Officer of Astex since January 2014. Prior to joining Astex, he was with Intradigm Corporation, a developer of RNAi therapeutics acquired by Silence Therapeutics PLC, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2006 until November 2008 and as a director from July 2006 until January 2010. Prior to Intradigm Corporation, he served as Executive Vice President, of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer for QLT Inc., and held several senior positions at AstraZeneca and Sanofi. Dr. Azab holds an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and an M.B. ChB. from Cairo University. He received post-graduate training and degrees in oncology research from the University of Paris-Sud and biostatistics from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. Our Board believes Dr. Azab is qualified to serve on the Board because of his extensive senior management experience in our industry.

Steven Gannon

Mr. Steven R. Gannon is Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Gannon has an international reputation as a solutions-focused business executive with extensive financial experience in corporate growth initiatives including acquisitions, corporate alliances and partnerships within the pharmaceutical industry. His past executive experience includes serving as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance, and Treasurer at Aptalis Pharma Inc. (formerly Axcan Pharma Inc.) where he led global finance operations, completed multiple acquisitions and financings leading to the eventual private sale of Aptalis in 2014. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Cryocath Technologies Inc., a medical device company that was sold to Medtronic in 2007; Director of Finance and Administration of the Research Division of AstraZeneca Canada Inc.; and the Head of Finance and Administration of Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.'s Canadian operations. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. Mr. Gannon received a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and business systems from Concordia University and has been a chartered accountant since 1985. He has also completed the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

Michael Hayden

Dr. Michael R. Hayden is a Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Hayden previously served as our Chief Scientific Officer from January 1997 to September 2012. Since September 2012, Dr. Hayden has been Chief Scientific Officer and President of Global Research & Development of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Teva”). From January 2010 to November 2010, Dr. Hayden served on the board of directors of Med Biogene Inc., a publicly-traded life sciences company. Dr. Hayden has also been a professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia since August 1983, Director of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics from 1992 to 2012 and Director of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research from 2011 to 2012. He is presently the Program Director of the Translational Laboratory in Genetic Medicine in Singapore. He received his Ph.D. and M.B. ChB. from the University of Cape Town and completed his post-doctoral fellowship and training at Harvard Medical School. Our Board believes Dr. Hayden is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific background, experience in the industry, and his extensive knowledge and perspective on the Corporation.

Frank Holler

Mr. Frank Holler is a Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Holler previously served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from February 1999 until June 2003. Since March 2004, Mr. Holler has been the Chief Executive Officer at BC Advantage Funds (VCC) Ltd., a venture capital firm and public company that invests in emerging life science, cleantech and information technology companies, where he has served as a director since March 2004 and as chair since January 2010. Since February 2014, Mr. Holler has served as a director of Sernova Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, where he is also a member of the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Holler has served on the board of directors of publicly-traded companies Protox Therapeutics (now Sophiris Bio) as chair and audit committee member from 2004 to 2011, Allon Therapeutics as director and chair of the Audit Committee from 2005 to 2013, and Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded clinical stage pharmaceutical company, as director and chair of the Audit Committee from 2010 to 2013. He has also served as chair of the Audit Committee and chair of the Investment Committee for Genome BC, a large publicly funded research organization, from 2005 to 2011. In addition, Mr. Holler served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ID Biomedical Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, from 1991 to 1998 and was a founding director of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Holler was an Investment Banker with Wood Gundy Inc. (now CIBC World Markets) from 1984 to 1988 and Merrill Lynch Canada from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Holler holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Gary Patou

Dr. Gary Patou M.D. is a Director of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Patou has been a managing director of MPM Capital, a venture capital fund, since May 2005. He has served as Chief Medical Officer of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, since January 2009 and is senior medical advisor to Chiasma. Dr. Patou has previously served in various positions at private pharmaceutical companies, including as Chief Medical Officer for Peplin, Ltd. from June 2006 to April 2007, Chief Medical Officer at Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from June 2005 to June 2006, and Chief Medical Officer at Oscient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from February 2004 to April 2005. Dr. Patou has held a number of academic appointments at University College & Middlesex School of Medicine in London and holds an M.B.B.S. from University College Hospital, London and a B.Sc. in immunology from University College London. Our Board believes that Dr. Patou’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his scientific background and extensive senior management experience in our industry.

Richard Scheller

Dr. Richard H. Scheller, Ph.D., is an Director of the Company. Dr. Scheller was the Executive Vice President of Research and Early Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”) from January 2001 to December 2014. From January 2009 to December 2014, Dr. Scheller was also a member of the Enlarged Executive Committee at Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Since February 2015, Dr. Scheller has served as a member of the Board of Directors for ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Scheller holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctorate in Neurobiology at Columbia University. Our Board believes that Dr. Scheller’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his scientific background and extensive senior management experience in our industry.

Dawn Svoronos

Ms. Dawn Svoronos serves as Director of the Company. Ms. Svoronos retired in 2011 from Merck & Co. following a 23-year career in commercial positions of increasing seniority, most recently as President of Europe and Canada. In that role, Ms. Svoronos had full P&L responsibility for 30 European markets with annual sales of several billion dollars and an employee base of several thousand. Previously held positions with Merck include Vice President of Asia Pacific and Vice President of Global Marketing for the Arthritis, Analgesics and Osteoporosis franchise. Ms. Svoronos sits on the board of Medivation Inc. and is chair of the board for Theratechnologies Inc. Ms. Svoronos received a B.A. in English and French Literature from Carleton University.