I.D.E.A.L Bioscience Employer Recognition Program

The I.D.E.A.L Bioscience Employer Recognition program, which represents Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Leadership, will recognize organizations in Canada’s bio-economy leading the way in embodying the diverse and inclusive corporate principles needed to promote growth and success in the sector.


The following resources focus on strengthening IDEA in the workplace, reaching a greater talent pool by hiring and retaining IEPs, and fostering an equitable workforce free from discrimination.

These resources can be used as benchmarking tools for companies considering applying for the recognition.

Industry impact stories

Many companies in the sector have begun incorporating IDEA into their best practices. BioTalent Canada has released a series of stories highlighting these companies and their efforts to create a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforce.

Shift Health: An inclusive future is a community effort that starts at home

Origin Materials: Making inclusivity a standard business practice

STEMCELL Technologies: How IDEA principles became embedded in one company’s DNA

Applications for the I.D.E.A.L Bioscience Employer Recognition

BioTalent Canada’s I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience Employer recognition program strives to recognize organizations in the Canadian Bio-economy that are leading the way in embodying the inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility leader (IDEAL) principles and best practices needed to promote growth and success in the sector.

Organizations, under 50 employees and over 50 employees, who apply for the I.D.E.A.L. recognition will be evaluated on the following IDEA best practices:

  1. Alignment of IDEA to the vision, values, strategies and outcomes of the organization;
  2. Leadership accountability for IDEA;
  3. Measurement and assessment of the organization’s current IDEA efforts;
  4. The priority the organization places on IDEA learning and awareness;
  5. How the organization prioritizes inclusive talent management practices;
  6. Efforts put forward by the organization to create a culture of belonging, and
  7. Efforts put forward by the organization to engage with external stakeholders: community, clients and suppliers.

Thank you to all organizations who applied for the inaugural BioTalent Canada I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience EmployerTM recognition program. Your application will be reviewed internally by BioTalent Canada’s I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience EmployerTM recognition evaluation committee.

The inaugural list of recognized companies will be announced December 2022.