Competencies for the Bio-economy

Going from discovery to commercialization success in the bio-economy requires the right people with the right skills in key positions. Ensuring this happens means knowing what competencies are needed to plan recruitment, succession planning, and professional development so the talent is in place.

The foundational step in this process is the identification and drafting of competency profiles that will contribute to the creation of National Occupational Standards (NOS). BioTalent Canada is currently developing standards with industry and as an expert in the industry, your input is valuable.

To date, we’ve completed the consultation phase for over 50 bio-economy roles. And now, we’re looking for input from experts with a least 3 years of experience in the following roles:

  • Business Development / Sales Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • HR Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Marketing Manager

If that sounds like you, read on! Your knowledge is valuable.

What is a National Occupational Standard?

A National Occupational Standard documents what skills, education, and credentialing are required by industry to perform a specific role. Companies can then use these standards for more effective recruitment, professional development, succession planning, and other HR activities.

What is included in a National Occupational Standard (NOS)?

NOS are being developed closely with industry experts to ensure they reflect current employer needs of what skills and competencies are needed in specific roles. They include:

  • Overview of critical roles
  • Occupational overview
  • Educational, training, and credentialing requirements
  • Core industry, technical, regulatory, professional, and work process competencies

Your participation will mean:

  • Strengthening employers’ recruitment and retention efforts through easier creation of job descriptions, evaluation criteria, and professional development planning.
  • Facilitating strategic labour mobility and labour market efficiency.
  • Enabling students, new graduates, and other under-represented groups to make informed employment decisions.
  • Aligning post-secondary initiatives to industry needs.
  • Providing the evidence for future HR tools developed to meet employer needs for specific roles.

Participate in focus groups to:

  • Have your expertise reflected in the standard
  • Contribute to strengthening the bio-economy workforce
  • Learn what skills other experts bring to the role
  • Be recognized as a contributor in the final National Occupational Standard

Focus groups

Your valuable insight will ensure the NOS accurately reflects the current skills, education, and credentials required to thrive in a particular role.

Have your expertise reflected in the standard. Participate in a focus group:

  • Business Development/Sales Manager – Date TBD, Virtual
  • Finance Manager – Date TBD, Virtual
  • Human Resources Manager – Date TBD, Virtual
  • Information Technology Manager – Date TBD, Virtual
  • Marketing Manager – Date TBD, Virtual

As a thank you for your time, we are offering $100 and access to our online courses.


National Occupational Standards (NOS) development process

  • Analysis stage – Through an in-depth analysis of current Bio-economy Skills Profiles and Skills At-a-Glance, and other sources initial NOS profiles will be identified and drafted.
  • Consultation stage– Industry experts in each role will be consulted during 3 to 4 hours of online consultation per occupation to validate the NOS for each role. Participants will be asked to:
    • Review, discuss and refine the draft profiles
    • Identify gaps and generate ideas for enhancement
    • Gather external input (if required)
  • Publication stage – final NOS will be available at Biotalent.ca and incorporated into BioTalent Canada’s products and services such as the BioSkills Recognition Program and an online skills library.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Adriana Saenz at [email protected],or Sumayyah Petrus at [email protected]

The following surveys are still open and accepting expert participation:
Thank you to all of those who participated.

Manufacturing & Logistics

VP of Manufacturing
Manager of Manufacturing
Manufacturing Supervisor
Manufacturing Worker / Machine Operator
Process Development Technician
Production Planner / Scheduler
Material Manager
Production Engineer
Instrument Technician
Process Engineer in Bio-Industrial and Bio-Energy Production
Process Engineer in Bio-medical and Pharmaceutical Production

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Specialist

Research & Development – All Subsectors

Research Assistant (all sectors)
Laboratory Technician

Research & Development – Bio-industrial and Bio-energy

Research and Development Vice-President – Bio-industrial and Bio-energy
Director of Technology/R&D – Bio-industrial and Bio-energy
Senior Research Scientist/Engineer- Bio-industrial and Bio-energy

Research & Development – Agri-bio

Research & Development Vice-President – Agri-bio
Research & Development Director – Agri-bio
Research Project Manager – Agri-bio
Research Scientist – Agri-bio
Research Technician – Agri-bio

Project Management

Project Manager
Development Project Manager

Government Relations

Government Relations Officer

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Affairs Manager – Agri-bio, Bio-industrial, Bio-energy
Regulatory Affairs Professional – Agri-bio, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Officer

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