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John Desanti

John DeSanti


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. With the creation of the AGAT Foundation, John and the AGAT team hope to create partnerships and a vehicle for sharing knowledge, increasing community research and development in the medical sciences while investing in community charitable causes and initiatives.

A strong advocate for Canadian scientific excellence, John has forged a partnership bringing together the AGAT Foundation, AGAT Laboratories, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC), and the University of Calgary to initiate programs designed to develop Artificial Intelligence in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancers while at the same time enhancing research into PMSA solutions for targeted responses. In addition, a recent endeavour brings together AHS Doctors from the PCC and Sheldon Chumir, 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 Opioids.

Allan Kostanuick

Allan Kostanuick


Allan Kostanuick serves on the Board of Directors of AGAT Laboratories Ltd., a National Canadian privately-owned laboratory headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Allan graduated with a B. Comm degree from Concordia University in Quebec. He articled with a Quebec firm of Chartered Accountants on his way to a CPA designation and later assumed the position of Financial Controller for a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific where he rose to the position of assistant Vice President and Treasurer. During his tenure at CP consulting, Allan gained exposure and experience in transportation, telecommunications, hotel and resource management.

In 1991, Allan joined AGAT Laboratories where he subsequently held several senior management and executive positions, including the position of CEO, before being appointed to AGAT’s board. His decades of experience and teamwork helped grow AGAT’s position as a diversified, Canadian analytical laboratory with multiple science and technology divisions. Allan’s financial oversight was instrumental in providing sound leadership during AGAT’s growth and diversification strategies. Over the years Allan was a key driver in the development of AGAT’s, Accounting and Information Systems and its tightly linked Laboratory Information Management System that drives all processes and workflows across company operations to this day.

A strong advocate of Canadian excellence in science and technology along with community responsiveness, Allan’s tenure at AGAT has enshrined economic stewardship for AGAT Laboratories along with fundamental values of re-investment in communities throughout Canada.

As a volunteer at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Allan served, helping to bring comfort and hope to patients and families undergoing treatment services. As a Director of the AGAT Foundation, Allan’s past experience at AGAT Laboratories along with community activism forms an important part of the vision and mandate of the AGAT Foundation as it seeks to bridge science, technology and innovation with the real world issues facing many of our Canadian communities.

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