The 2024 Catalyst Award for Top New Hire

“It is an honour to receive the Catalyst Award from BioTalent Canada. If it weren’t for the Student Work Placement Program, I would not have gained valuable work experience at STEMCELL Technologies and learned skills that I can now carry forward in my career.”

Jade Bouchard, 2023 Catalyst Award Winner

Reward an employee and get highlighted as an Employer of Choice

BioTalent Canada’s Catalyst Award recognizes young employees who participated in a wage subsidy program and made significant contributions to an organization in Canada’s health and biosciences sector in 2023. The winner receives a prize of $1,000.

BioTalent Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Catalyst Award for Top New Hire until March 1, 2024. Employers are encouraged to submit nominations that describe, in detail, how their recent wage subsidy hires have gone above and beyond to contribute to their organization.


The Catalyst Award for Top New Hire was launched in 2015 to share the positive impact individuals working in the bio-economy have had in growing this critical sector.

The most recent winner, Jade Bouchard, received the recognition in 2023 for her work as a co-op student at STEMCELL Technologies, a Vancouver-based biotechnology company that develops specialized cell culture media, cell isolation systems, accessory products, and scientific services that are used by life sciences researchers working in the cell therapy, cancer research, and regenerative medicine fields.

BioTalent Canada wage subsidies have placed more than 13,950 people with bio-economy employers nationwide.

Who can participate

  • Employers who participated in one of BioTalent Canada’s wage subsidy programs in 2023.

Nominees must

  • Be employees of the original wage subsidy employer at the time of registration.
  • Have participated in BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) during the 2023-2024 funding year.


Nominations from the following groups or their family members are ineligible to apply:

  • BioTalent Canada employees and board members
  • Members of the award review panel
  • Family members, defined as spouses, partners, parents, children, siblings, and nieces or nephews

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 a business challenge

A team of bio-economy stakeholders will review the entries. Finalists and the award winner will be announced in spring 2024.

How to apply

  • Download the registration form
  • Fill out the application form and submit it via email or regular mail.

Submit your application today

To apply via email, submit the form to Kshama Kamra at [email protected].

To apply via regular mail, please submit the form to:

Attention: Catalyst Award
BioTalent Canada
730 – 360 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7X7

For questions, please contact Soufiane at [email protected].