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The 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire

"BioTalent Canada's interactions with employers have indicated that enhanced access to the youth market in Canada has been a great advantage for them and we want Canadians to realize how crucial young people are to our industry."

Rob Henderson, President & CEO, BioTalent Canada

Recognize your employee and they could win $1,000!

Since 2005, wage subsidies have been instrumental in helping new talent gain employment in biotechnology and assist companies in offsetting the costs of hiring. Over the next four years, BioTalent Canada will be injecting over $10.3 million in federally-funded wage subsidies to facilitate 1,400 job placements in the biotechnology and environmental sectors.

The 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire is an effort to recognize the contribution of recent graduates to the Canadian bio-economy.

The 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire
Who can participate
Application deadline
The selection process
Registration forms

How to participate
Meet last year's finalists
See the news release

Thanks to our partner and title sponsor:

The 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire

The 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire is an employee recognition award, granting $1,000 prize to the young employee who has contributed most significantly to their Canadian biotechnology employer in 2017.

Biotechnology employers are invited to submit applications, detailing their most recent hires through the programs - how these young scientists and entrepreneurs have enhanced innovation, and made substantial contributions to their companies.

Who can participate

  • Employers and new graduate employees who participated in one of BioTalent Canada’s wage subsidy programs in 2017
  • Nominees are new graduate employees (within 3 years) who participated in one of BioTalent Canada’s wage subsidy programs in 2017

Eligible entrants must have the majority of their placement completed in 2017 or must still be employees of the original wage-subsidy employer at the time of submitting a nomination for the award.

Exclusions - Nominations from the following groups or their family members are ineligible: BioTalent Canada employees and Board of Directors, members of the award Review Panel, and employees of award sponsors. In this context, "family members” is defined as: spouse, partners, parents, children, siblings, and nieces or nephews

While BioTalent Canada is encouraged by the growth in co-op placements in Canada’s bio-economy through the new Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, only new graduates from the following wage subsidy programs are eligible for the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award at this time:

Application deadline

  • January 26, 2018

The selection process

Entries will be judged based on significant contributions to the following:

  • The company's culture
  • The company's sense of innovation
  • The achievement of a team or company business objective
  • Overcoming of a business challenge

A team of bio-economy stakeholders will review the entries. Finalists and the award winner will be announced in the spring of 2018.

Registration forms

To download the registration form, click here.

How to participate

Fill out the application form and submit via email or mail.

To apply via email, submit form to: pgray@biotalent.ca.

To apply via mail, submit form to:

Attention: MAGNUS Catalyst Award
BioTalent Canada
300 - 130 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6E2

For any questions, please contact Pamela at pgray@biotalent.ca or 1-866-243-2472 ext 232.