OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - LifeSciences BC and BioTalent Canada today
announced a new partnership that grants British Columbia's life
sciences sector access to new human resource services to help B.C.
businesses retain and attract talent that is crucial for economic
The partnership allows members of LifeSciences BC access to BioTalent
Canada's suite of HR services, including The PetriDishTM, Canada's only bilingual biotechnology job board. The agreement follows
the release of recent industry labour market studies: "British Columbia's Life Sciences Industry: An Economic Overview" and "Sequencing the Data: People Driving Canada's Bio-economy." These reports identified the growth and opportunities in B.C.'s life
sciences industry and the skills shortages within Canada's bio-economy.
Bringing the organizations together is the next step in ensuring B.C.'s
life sciences sector is equipped with the talent to maximize its
Key HR factors like skills shortages and outsourcing job vacancies to
contractual workers outside the company have increased in B.C. over the
past several years. "British Columbia and Alberta respondents to our
recent study have indicated that outsourcing has increased by 14% since
2008," said Rob Henderson, President & CEO of BioTalent Canada. "Almost
70% of biotech businesses in these provinces, which are major Canadian
biotech clusters, stated they currently compensate for skills shortages
by outsourcing for talent," he said.
"Our members have told us that recruiting, training and retaining the
right people globally are crucial factors to attracting investors,"
said Paul V. Drohan, President & CEO of LifeSciences BC. "Over 1.1
million job openings are expected in B.C in the next decade, with many
requiring science and technology skills, and these new, national tools
and products from BioTalent Canada will broaden our members' reach so
they can draw the talent they need, brand themselves as employers of
choice across Canada and enhance their abilities to attract
Through the suite of products and services, as well as access to
reciprocal marketing opportunities, the agreement will allow
LifeSciences BC's members access to online and in-person training,
professional development opportunities, research and tools to support
and enhance their HR efforts.
LifeSciences BC joins the ranks of other BioTalent Canada partners,
including organizations such as Rx&D (Canada's Research-based
Pharmaceutical Companies), BIOTECanada, Scotiabank StartRight and
About LifeSciences BC
LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit industry association with a mission
to build a world-class life sciences community in British Columbia that
contributes to the economic and societal wellbeing of the Province
through a collaborative effort between industry, academia and
government. LifeSciences BC works to broaden the representation of
B.C.'s converging "bio" community by building a forum for complementary
technologies, and supporting the Province's life sciences industry
through advocacy, facilitation and promotion.
About BioTalent Canada:
BioTalent Canada is the HR hub of Canada's bio-economy. A national non-profit
organization, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers,
delivers human resource information and skills development tools to the
bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. For
more information please visit www.biotalent.ca.
SOURCE: BioTalent Canada
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