BioTalent Canada Names François Schubert as Chair

Appointment to Drive BioTalent Canada as Hub of Biotechnology HR Information

OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - BioTalent Canada has broadened its leadership team with the appointment of François Schubert as Chair of the BioTalent Canada Board of Directors effective immediately. He succeeds Mr. Bob Ingratta of Fast-Trak Strategies who will remain on the Board as Past Chair. Mr. Schubert is the General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer at The Research Institute-McGill University Health Centre. Having already served as a Board Member for BioTalent Canada since 2008 and on BioTalent Canada working groups, Mr. Schubert brings more than 30 years of national and international experience in academia, research, biotechnology and Big pharma to BioTalent Canada.

Mr. Schubert is poised to realize a key strategic plan originally initiated under Bob Ingratta's leadership and champion BioTalent Canada as the human resources hub of the bio-economy. "Canada's bio-economy spans a vast range of industries and contributes 6.4% of the national GDP," he says. "It gives me immense satisfaction to be part of an economic powerhouse that represents the second-highest concentration of biotechnology in the world"

"As a global example of biotechnology research and innovation, we take our responsibility at BioTalent Canada very seriously. Research is gathered that fuels the bio-economy by providing insight into the skills being demanded by the sector," adds Mr. Schubert. "This insight is used for skills development information and in turn provides mutual opportunities for both employers and the work force."

BioTalent Canada's Executive Director Rob Henderson takes this opportunity to thank out-going Board members, Christopher Adams (Treasurer) and Wilf Keller (Board Member) for their commitment, contribution and dedication and announces the current BioTalent Canada Executive Committee: Vice Chair- Janet LeClair, Treasurer- Paul Braconnier, President, CEO and Co-founder of Global IQ Inc, and new Board Member- George Michaliszyn, President of Geneva BioSciences.

About BioTalent Canada TM helps Canada's bio-economy industry thrive globally. As a non-profit national organization of innovators leading our bio-economy, BioTalent Canada anticipates needs and creates new opportunities, delivering human resources tools, information and skills development to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. www.biotalent.ca

Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

SOURCE BioTalent Canada

For further information:

Clara Wicke
Manager, Marketing and Communications
BioTalent Canada
(613)235-1402 ext. 229
claraw@biotalentcanada.ca

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