HR Microscope – July / August 2022

July / August 2022

Cytophage Technologies Inc. Selected to Join the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program

Cytophage Technologies Inc. has been awarded $250,000 USD by the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) to develop biological solutions for plant bacterial challenges at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Cytophage was selected in the program with four other sustainable agriculture companies focused on using biological solutions to improve the resilience of global food systems.

“Our challenge is to generate unique solutions for emerging plant pathogens and build resiliency in our global food production systems. We are driving innovation to enhance food security and contribute to a safe and accessible food supply for people around the world,” says Dr. Steven Theriault, the CEO of Cytophage.

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GOWLING WLG: Developments in Canadian employment law: At a glance

Canada’s employment law landscape has entered a new era – one shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing advances in technology and a rethinking of the traditional employee-employer relationship.

From maintaining a remote workforce to translating new employee protections into company policy, Canadian employers must quickly contend with a slate of new responsibilities – and with them a number of complex legal questions.

This resource hub is tailored to help employers navigate this transition effectively, providing them with the insights and tools they need to make informed policy decisions for their organizations and lead the next generation of workers with confidence.

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Leaders in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility to be recognized through BioTalent Canada’s new program

BioTalent Canada launched the I.D.E.A.L Biosciences Employer recognition program. This new 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.

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BioTalent Canada awards 2022 Catalyst Award for Top New Hire  

BioTalent Canada announced that Erin Ward has won the 2022 Catalyst Award for Top New Hire.

Erin earned this recognition for her contributions as a CleanSlate UV co-op student. CleanSlate UV is a healthcare start-up that harnesses UV light to sanitize mobile devices.

“I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been chosen [as winner of the Catalyst Award], and I know that this day wouldn’t have come without the unwavering support from my mentors at CleanSlate UV, Manju Anand, and Rochelle Mary Gonzales,” says Erin Ward, Honours Immunology student at McGill University. “Having a chance to work in an industry position while studying at university opened up so many different career options to me that I never knew existed and showed me that you don’t need to enter a position as an expert to achieve things that you will be proud of if you have enough curiosity and determination.”

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Bio-economy Labour Market Information now available via new online portal

BioTalent Canada launched its new online bio-economy labour market information (LMI) portal, which will allow Canadians, and especially employers to access data critical to understanding the shifting landscape of the industry’s competitive talent pool.

For over 20 years, BioTalent Canada has been a leader in sharing LMI specific to the talent needs of Canada’s bio-economy. The new LMI portal was developed using data from the organization’s recent LMI Study – which sounds the alarm on a dire talent shortage that will see 65,000 new positions required by 2029 to sustain the industry.

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