Rob Henderson

A seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ management experience in the private and public sectors, Rob Henderson has reinvented BioTalent Canada to become an in-demand partner, policy influencer and project leader that brings together the largest national bio-economy network in Canada.

In determining the organization’s unique value and market niche, Rob has grown BioTalent Canada from an initial staff count of five to its current contingent of over 20 and created a partnership network of over 60 organizations since he took the helm in 2011. BioTalent Canada’s engagement with government, employers, associations, post-secondary institutions, immigrant serving agencies and service providers has built a dynamic network that is strengthening skills, connecting job-ready talent to industry and creating opportunities. Its proven performance provides industry with funding, HR resources and labour market intelligence to assist companies in successfully building their team. It isn’t just about recruitment. Our nation’s biotech industry is a significant catalyst for our national economy — it’s contribution to Canada’s GDP was $7.8B in 2016 (Source: The Hill Times, Canadian Biotech At A Glance, Sept. 2018).

A respected thought leader who provides counsel to all levels of government, Rob is deemed an expert in HR practices for the biotech industry. He is a member of the National Stakeholders Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council and was previously a member of the Government of Canada’s Blue Ribbon Panel titled Survival to Success Transforming Immigration at the request of the federal Minister. In 2013, Rob presented BioTalent Canada’s talent solutions to an international audience of global biotech firms in Brussels.

Fluently bilingual, prior to his leadership position with BioTalent Canada, Rob served as President, Quebec and Vice-President, Eastern Canada for CNW (Canada Newswire) where he advised C-Suite clients on industry-leading best practices in public and investor relations. In this role, he inspired business growth and customer service innovation, including the creation of the company’s first national sales call centre.

His various association roles as Executive Director and Board leader saw Rob shape numerous Board functions under several different models of governance. Earlier in his career, Rob led the Canadian Association of Journalists through a complex revenue/partnership exercise guided by ethics principles and Board participation and retains strong friendships with Canada’s top journalists to this day.


Rob Henderson earned a BSc Honours in Biology from the University of Ottawa.

Community Commitment

Rob is active as both a volunteer and performer in the Nation’s Capital performing arts community.