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OTTAWA, March 28, 2017 – BioTalent Canada’s labour market report: Opening the Door II, outlining national youth employment trends in Canada’s biotechnology sector was released today, providing insight into quantitative and qualitative benefits provided by wage subsidy programs to both new graduates and bio-economy employers.

Young innovators are shaping Canada’s bio-economy every day. Adding a talented, willing to-learn member to the team builds capacity and can accelerate the achievement of business goals. In support of tomorrow’s biotech leaders, BioTalent Canada congratulates the finalists of the 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire.

Since the start of the Career Focus wage subsidy program in 2005, BioTalent Canada has helped over 800 new graduates find a job in the bio-economy. Employer feedback on the contribution of these young workers has been overwhelmingly positive. The MAGNUS Catalyst Award is an effort to recognize these talented young people, hired through wage subsidies.

Meet 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award finalist, Alysha Law. Advocating for the legally blind to connect them with life-changing technology. Revolutionary technology that mimics the human eye is allowing the legally blind to actually see.

Meet 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award finalist, Michael Domenichiello. Collaborating to ensure the quality of endoscopic medical devices. Endoscopic medical devices are enabling quicker and easier method for tissue collection and foreign object retrieval.

Meet 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award finalist, Teja Nandamuri. Developing mobile health technology to help people live heathier lives. Biotech will reach a point where mobile devices will act as personal health-assistants.

OTTAWA, February 21, 2017 – A labour market report, Paving the Way, released today by BioTalent Canada, surveyed skilled newcomers, immigrant serving agencies (ISAs) and employers, and included recommendations on how internationally educated professionals (IEPs) could better connect to jobs in Canada’s bio-economy.

Internationally educated professionals (IEPs) arrive in Canada with the skills needed in the bio-economy. Unfortunately, IEPs continue to experience significant barriers to employment. While organizations like CRIEC and Prepare For Canada provide support and skills training, more needs to be done to benefit IEPs and the industry as a whole.

The costs associated with employee turnover, recruitment and onboarding have a significant impact to a company’s bottom line. Organizations like eSight, Pharmascience and STEMCELL Technologies understand the importance of building a strong workplace culture and corporate identity to set themselves apart from their competitors and remain employers of choice.

OTTAWA, December 6, 2016 – BioTalent Canada today announced the launch of the 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire, which is now accepting nominations.  The award, built upon the ‘Catalyst’ Award launched by BioTalent Canada last year, is sponsored by MAGNUS Personnel, and is an initiative to recognize the young employees who have contributed most significantly to their Canadian biotechnology employer in the past year.  The winner will be announced in early Spring 2017, who will be awarded a $1,000 prize. 

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OTTAWA, November 14, 2016 – BioTalent Canada will be featured on The Documentary Channel beginning November 14, 2016, Monday through Friday, throughout the day and evenings as part of CEO Clips, a series which profiles the most innovative publicly traded companies in North America.

Canada’s bio-economy continues to grow and evolve, driving organizations to do the same in order to succeed in a competitive landscape. Whether you’re adapting your compensation practices to retain and attract top talent, or you’re making adjustments to become a more accessible and inclusive employer, BioTalent Canada strives to provide you with the information you need to succeed.

OTTAWA, October 4, 2016 – The average annual salaries and benefits for 34 of the most popular jobs within the Canadian bio-economy were published today by BioTalent Canada as part of its 2016-2017 National Compensation Guide.  This annual report is a national review of job descriptions and experience, skills and education required to effectively function in the most popular roles in Canada’s biotech sector.

There’s no science without the people. Biotech firms are often limited in the time and financial resources it takes to hire and onboard the talent they need to grow their business in Canada’s competitive bio-economy. Make sure to leverage the resources available to you to the recruit, hire, and onboard top talent.

OTTAWA, September 26, 2016 – BioTalent Canada today announced the launch of a new wage-subsidy initiative that will provide over $1.1 million in salaries to help 100 new graduates across Canada land a green job. This federally-funded program is yet another initiative aimed to alleviate youth unemployment and initiate new careers in the biotechnology, environmental and other sectors. 

OTTAWA, September 19, 2016 – BioTalent Canada today announced the launch of an employer-awareness campaign. In support of the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, BioTalent Canada’s EnAbling Change campaign aims to educate and prepare biotechnology companies in Ontario for the province’s 2017 accessibility-compliance reporting deadline.

Retaining top talent and reducing turnover is a crucial contributor to any company’s success within Canada’s highly competitive biotech sector. Employees in the bio-economy are often motivated by knowledge, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute to the success of their company.

As the baby-boom generation begins to retire, Canada’s bio-economy is facing the same challenge the rest of the Canadian and advanced world economies face: not enough educated and skilled workers to fill the gap. Tapping into underrepresented talent pools will be critical for Canada to continue to foster innovation and be a real world leader in biotechnology.

Charlottetown, PE, May 19, 2016 –  Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada presented Mathieu-Marc Poulin, a young scientist working at Delivra in Charlottetown, PEI the 2016 ‘Catalyst’ Award for New Biotechnology Graduates along with a $1,000 cash prize today at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, during the Annual Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada Conference.