2022 Catalyst Award for Top Biotech Hire open for nominations


OTTAWA, February 8th, 2022 – BioTalent Canada announced today that it’s accepting nominations for its flagship award, the Catalyst Award for Top New Hire. The award, which took a one-year hiatus in 2021, recognizes the impacts and achievements of young employees who are wage subsidy recipients in Canada’s burgeoning bio-economy. It places a spotlight on the employers that give these young minds an opportunity.

The Catalyst Award for Top New Hire was launched in 2015 and has been awarded to some of the bio-economy’s top young minds. The most recent winner, Jenna Storoschuk, earned the award recognition in 2020 for her contributions to healthcare start-up CleanSlate UV where she made a major impact in short order. She has since continued her bio-economy career at Synaptive Medical.

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“It’s of the utmost importance to recognize wage subsidy participants for their achievements during their placements,” says Rob Henderson, President, and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “It demonstrates to employers the value of these subsidies in giving Canadian students and youth an opportunity. These are individuals who will be the future leaders of their organizations and of our industry as a whole.”

BioTalent Canada wage subsidies have has placed more than 8,500 people with bio-economy employers across Canada. The participants have made marked contributions to their employers despite their limited work experience.

Bio-economy employers are invited and encouraged to submit nominations which describe how their most recent wage subsidy hires have gone above and beyond the expectations to make substantial contributions to the organization.

The 2022 Catalyst Award is accepting entries from employers until March 31st. The winner will be announced in spring 2022 and be awarded a $1,000 prize. Criteria is based on how the new hire made contributions to:

  • company culture;
  • company’s sense of innovation;
  • achievement of a team or company business objective; and overcoming of a business challenge.

More information and the application form to the 2022 Catalyst Award are available at biotalent.ca/Catalyst2022.

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