OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - MEDEC and BioTalent Canada announced today
a new partnership that grants Canada's medical technology industry
access to new human resource services to help businesses retain and
attract talent crucial to its economic growth.
The partnership allows members of MEDEC enhanced access to BioTalent
Canada's suite of HR services, including The PetriDishTM, Canada's only bilingual biotechnology / medical technology job board.
The agreement follows the release of a recent national labour market
study: "Sequencing the Data: People Driving Canada's Bio-economy." The report identified factors like access to capital and skills
shortages continue to hamper Canada's bio-economy. Both MEDEC and
BioTalent Canada feel bringing the organizations together is the next
step in ensuring Canada's medical technology industry is equipped with
the talent to overcome these challenges, as well as make medical
technologies work for all Canadians and be a driving force for Canada's
"Respondents to our recent study indicated that commercialization skills
such as management, business development, marketing and partnering are
critical to their success in the next 3-5 years," said Rob Henderson,
President & CEO of BioTalent Canada. "A third of medtech businesses are
currently experiencing skills shortages, and employers need access to
key talent now," he said.
"Strengthening the research and commercialization environment in Canada
is crucial for the medical technology industry," said Brian Lewis,
President & CEO of MEDEC. "Ensuring our members have access to the
right skills is a part of creating this environment. We see partnering
with BioTalent Canada as an opportunity for our members to draw from
Canada's broad talent pool to reach their business goals."
Through the suite of products and services, as well as access to
reciprocal marketing opportunities, the agreement will allow MEDEC
members access to online and in-person training, professional
development opportunities and research to support and enhance their HR
MEDEC joins the ranks of other BioTalent Canada partners, including
organizations such as Rx&D (Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical
Companies), BIOTECanada, Scotiabank StartRight and Porter Airlines.
MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology
industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and
innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient
care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the
sustainability of our publically funded health care system.
The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians
in approximately 1,500 facilities, and has sales of over $7 billion per
annum. MEDEC is committed to supporting the growth of a strong and
vibrant medical technology industry that contributes to Canada's
About BioTalent Canada:
BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada's bio-economy. As an HR expert and national
non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building
partnerships and skills for Canada's bio-economy to ensure the industry
has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research and product
development BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers,
delivers human resource information and skills development tools so the
industry can focus on strengthening Canada's biotech business. For more
information please visit www.biotalent.ca.
SOURCE: BioTalent Canada
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