Anne Woods is the managing director of the Life Science and Healthcare practice for Silicon Valley Bank in Toronto where she is responsible for leading the bank’s efforts in this sector across Canada. In this role, she focuses on strengthening the bank’s position with leading-edge companies in Canada’s life science field. Anne finds this sector rich with bold innovations, and she thrives on supporting these game-changers as they effect the next breakthrough.
Anne’s position at SVB allows her to fluently combine her 10 years of experience in capital markets with her 13 years of experience in life sciences. She began her career as a financial analyst and soon gained further expertise in research, marketing and client relations. In 2005, Anne transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry when she joined Sandoz ( a division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation); eventually, she helped develop, lead and implement corporate long-term care and pharmacy strategy for Novartis. Anne later served as a director in the Health Industry Information Services (HIIS) division at IMS Health. Prior to joining SVB, Anne spent 6 years as a director of the Pangaea Group where she brought insights and strategic direction to life science and healthcare clients.
In 2018, Anne was appointed as a director of the board of Life Sciences Ontario. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, where she studied biology, and a master’s degree in leadership from the University of Guelph. She is also a CFA Charterholder.
Anne was born and raised in Toronto, where she lives with her husband and two sons. She spends the winter in hockey arenas cheering on her boys and her favourite NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the summer she enjoys travelling, and hiking with her west highland terrier, Hunter.