Mr. Peter Yim joined PREVENT as the Director of Outreach and Partnerships in 2008. In this capacity he is responsible for building awareness of, developing relationships with, and providing marketing support for academia, industry, governments, international non-governmental organizations and private sector partners. Through partnership building and understanding, research companies, corporations, foundations and the public healthcare sector can more effectively work together to provide vaccines to address Canadian public health priorities.
Mr. Yim also fosters and facilitates initiatives that provide the organization with focus and the capacity to harness funding opportunities that will ensure PREVENT's long term sustainability. This includes engaging the services of external parties with expertise in partnership development, where necessary. In 2013, Mr. Yim was appointed as the Vice President of Communications and External Relations.
Mr. Yim was born in Shanghai, China, and was raised in Hong Kong. Upon finishing high school, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. After returning to Hong Kong, Mr. Yim took a position with a textile company as an international sales and marketing representative.
In 1978, Mr. Yim came to Canada and was hired by Merck Sharp and Dohme as a professional service representative. In 1982, the company expanded and created the Merck Frosst Division and Mr. Yim was recruited to join the new venture. In 1983, he was promoted to the position of Hospital Specialist Representative and subsequently, to senior hospital representative, focusing on infectious diseases and antibiotics.
In 1996, Mr. Yim joined the Merck Vaccine Division and promoted a number of novel vaccine products, during which time he received the highest award in the Division for outstanding performance. In 1998, Mr. Yim was further promoted to the position of Regional Business Manager (Western Canada), leading, motivating, and developing direct reports to aspire to higher levels of competency and success, establishing benchmarks of excellence to build stellar relationships with both internal and external customers.
From 2003- 2007, Mr. Yim was a Medical Science Liaison in the Merck Frosst Cardiovascular Division and subsequently the Urology Division, developing profiles and identifying areas of professional interest to motivate a change in perception amongst stakeholders and key opinion leaders.