Augurex CEO Norma Biln of Vancouver Named New Chair of BioTalent Canada

OTTAWA, Oct. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Norma Biln, Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver's Augurex Life Sciences Corp. was elected Chair of BioTalent Canada's Board of Directors at the organization's Board meeting of September 21. The organization, a non-profit human resource organization for Canada's bio-economy, works with its Corporate Partners and national and provincial biotechnology Member Associations to ensure Canada's biotech businesses have access to the most skilled talent available.

Prior to her role as CEO of Augurex, Ms. Biln began her career in clinical research with Pfizer Canada after completing her Bachelor of Science in Physiology at McGill University. She held senior positions with Pfizer Canada , Amgen Canada and Abbott Laboratories where she won several regional and national level awards for top performance. She later joined Stressgen Biotechnologies as Director of Corporate Market Development and then as Director of Sales and Marketing. She also held a senior consulting capacity with Aspreva Pharmaceuticals on business development, commercial and communications initiatives and holds a Master of Business Administration degree.

"As the CEO of a Canadian biotech company, Norma Biln completely understands the HR challenges facing bio-economy entrepreneurs across Canada," said Rob Henderson, BioTalent Canada's President and CEO.  "We are pleased to have her experience and leadership on our Board of Directors," he said.

Ms. Biln succeeds François Schubert, who recently retired as General Manager & COO of the Research Institute of McGill University's Health Centre in Montreal and was recently named to the Order of Canada for his career contribution.

Ms. Biln hopes that she can continue to lead the organization in conducting work that is crucial to Canada's bio-economy.  "Even before science, it's the human factor that drives innovation," she said.  "Biotech businesses need to attract and retain top talent in order to thrive and succeed.  I look forward to assisting BioTalent Canada to continue to pursue its worthwhile mission."

The organization is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2015-2016:


Norma Biln            

CEO, Augurex Life Sciences Corp., Vancouver, BC (Chair)

Michael D'Amico  

VP HR & HR Practice Leader, Stratford Managers Corp., Ottawa, ON (Vice-Chair)

Reg Joseph     

CEO, Metabolomic Technologies Inc., Edmonton, AB  (Treasurer)

Boni Dorish     

Manager of Finance, Administration and Human Resources, Ag-West Bio Inc., Saskatoon, SK

Donna Husack       

Director of Human Resources, Therapure Biopharma Inc., Misissauga, ON

Helen Findlay      

Sr. Director, Innovation Projects, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO), Toronto, ON

André Guérin         

Director, Human Resources, Medtronic of Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON

George Michaliszyn

President, Geom bioSciences, Ottawa, ON

Andrea Kent    

President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), Ottawa, ON

Andrea Gilpin        

Head of Country Communications & Director, Corporate Communications,
Novartis Pharmaceuticals,  Montreal, QC

Didier Leconte    

Senior Director, Investments, Life Sciences Fonds de solidarité FTQ , Montreal, QC

Lidija Marusic     

Investment Manager, Innovacorp, Halifax, NS


BioTalent Canada works through its network of Members and Corporate Partners to perform labour market research and identify skills gaps so the biotechnology industry can continue to be a driver of the Canadian economy.  The organization recently released Opening the Door, a labour market report on new graduates in the bio-economy and a national Compensation Guide consisting of the top 32 biotech job functions in Canada.

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


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For further information: Media inquiries: Fiorella Jansen-Nicorescu, Marketing & Communications Manager, BioTalent, Canada, 613-235-1402 ext. 229,


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