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OTTAWA, October 18, 2017 – BioTalent Canada announced today its partnership with BioBenefits, a discount employee-benefits provider, offering plans which enable small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada’s bio-economy to afford group benefits.

OTTAWA, August 28, 2017 – BioTalent Canada today announced a new initiative to increase job-readiness of post-secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and business students across Canada.

What are you doing to advance your career? In this issue of HR Microscope, BioTalent Canada shares news about the benefits of wage subsidies, a new tool by the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia to better equip newcomers for the Canadian workplace, and perspectives on how to manage that all-important job interview.

Sound HR policies and practices foster employee satisfaction, which in turn fuel performance, productivity and innovation. BioTalent Canada is pleased to share points of views on IP protection policies, effective communications and employee health and wellness from the perspective of Gowling WLG, Business Wire and HealthParnters.

Wage subsidy programs play an important economic role. Since 2013, with the funding of Canada’s federal government, BioTalent Canada has injected over $6.8 million into Canada’s bio-economy, while helping 168 biotechnology companies hire over 550 new graduates. BioTalent Canada is pleased to support the bio-economy in accessing new talent.

OTTAWA, April 20, 2017 – BioTalent Canada announced today that its animated short, Expanding Accessibility in Biotechnology, has won the Platinum Award for Motion Graphics Information at the 2017 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition overseen by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP). The award showcases the talent and creativity of marketing and communications professionals, many of whom have contributed to public service or charitable organizations.

OTTAWA, April 19, 2017 – BioTalent Canada announced today that Venkata (Teja) Nandamuri, from RightBlue Labs in Toronto, Ontario is the winner of the 2017 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire. For winning, he will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000.

Research shows that companies with a diverse workforce report improvements in innovation, problem-solving and productivity. So, striving towards a diverse workforce is just good business practice. BioTalent Canada is proud to engage with partners and stakeholders in initiatives that encourage diversity within the workforce, like the Opportunities Fund wage subsidy program and the EnAbling Change Program.

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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