Sobey School of Business > People Profiles > EMBA Alumni Impact Award Winner: Dr. Leroy Lowe

Dr. Leroy Lowe

Entrepreneur, Scientist, Founder of Getting to Know Cancer

  • Sobey Executive MBA 2000
  • Winner of a Sobey EMBA 25th Anniversary Alumni Impact Award

Leroy Lowe (EMBA’00) is a high-energy social entrepreneur who uses cutting-edge science to solve important problems. An educator, researcher, and thought leader, he has extensive experience in a wealth of business sectors, such as engineering, electronics, aerospace, ocean-tech, bio-tech, food and beverage, aquaculture, healthcare, logistics, and software.

Dr. Lowe arrived at the Sobey School of Business with a notable record of education that included a Diploma in Engineering, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Equally impressive, he had worked as an Aerospace Engineering Officer with the Department of National Defence, director of marketing for a Fortune 1000 firm, senior business development consultant, and faculty member at Cardean University and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

After graduating with his EMBA in 2000, Dr. Lowe developed a close working relationship with the leadership at the World Trade Centre in Halifax, delivering dozens of customized workshops and trade training modules in Atlantic Canada and at other World Trade Centers in the United States, Mexico, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He also served as an author and senior consultant with The Forum for International Trade Training in Canada and he has since become the Vice President of NASBITE International, a professional association of North American small business educators who are focused on International Trade.

In his spare time, he co-founded Getting to Know Cancer, a volunteer, public-interest social enterprise aimed at solving two difficult problems in cancer research.  After eight years of intensive self-study in cancer research, Dr. Lowe recruited an advisory board of cancer researchers from prominent institutions around the globe. He wrote the strategic plan for the organization, recruited and managed a team of volunteers, and developed a novel funding model for The Halifax Project, a large-scale two year project that saw 350 cancer scientists from 31 countries working collaboratively under his leadership.

One group developed an innovative approach to cancer therapy, while a second developed a model to help researchers better understand the effects of everyday exposures to chemicals in the environment.  The Halifax Project earned him two Cancer Prevention Awards in 2016 and formed the basis of a PhD thesis he successfully defended in 2015 at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. 

He has recently lectured on this work at Health Canada in Ottawa and at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Science, in North Carolina.

A serial social entrepreneur, Dr. Lowe’s impact continues in his current work with a taskforce of 200 neuroscientists from around the globe to develop an integrated and holistic model of affect.


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