John DeSanti, AGAT Laboratories

John DeSanti serves as the Executive Chairman of AGAT Laboratories Ltd., a National Canadian privately-owned laboratory network headquartered in Calgary; operating 12 scientific divisions, with 44 locations coast to coast and an international outreach.

John graduated from Concordia and McGill University and started his career in Quebec before joining Price Coopers in Calgary in 1981. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to Applied Geoscience and Technology (AGAT) Laboratories as Vice President then President in 1984, where he set a path to expand the geography and accreditation scope of AGAT Laboratories to become the leading analytical testing provider it is today. Under John’s leadership, AGAT Labs has bolstered its participation in community engagement and social stewardship projects that bring forth education and knowledge in the sciences, pursue poverty alleviation initiatives, promote and support key advances in medical research and raise awareness about critical health issues.

A strong advocate for Canadian scientific excellence, John has forged a partnership between AGAT Laboratories, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC), and the University of Calgary to initiate a program designed to develop Artificial Intelligence in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancers.  In addition, a recent endeavour brings together AHS Doctors from the PCC and Chumir Center, City of Calgary Police, and Calgary Schools and Teachers.  The team has developed a youth program to encourage scientific literacy with junior high students through tours and presentations aimed at educating students and parents about the dangers of Opiods and substance abuse.

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