The Value of Real-World Experience to Jumpstart Your Career in Canada's Bio-Economy and Healthcare Sector
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About the Event
Join the S2BN for an evening panel featuring BioTalent Canada’s president, Rob Henderson, and guests to explore the value of industry-related work experience to advance your professional development. Learn about BioTalent’s latest programs to support experiential learning opportunities to enable post-graduate students to gain real-world work experience through a 16-week wage-subsidy program. This session will discuss:
- Discuss the value of experiential learning programs (work programs, co-ops, residencies, internships) for professional development
- Profile BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)
- Learn from real-world examples of students and employers who have participated in BioTalent’s SWPP program
Rob Henderson, President and CEO, BioTalent Canada
Rob is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of private and public sector management experience. He has transformed BioTalent Canada into an in-demand partner, policy influencer, and project leader that brings together the largest national bio-economy network in Canada.
Under Rob’s guidance, BioTalent Canada has engaged with government, employers, associations, post-secondary institutions, immigrant serving agencies, and service providers. Together, this dynamic network strengthens skills, connects job-ready talent to industry, and creates opportunities. Its proven performance provides industry with funding, HR resources, and labour market intelligence to help companies successfully build their teams.
Christine Genge, PhD (Manager, Recruitment STEMCELL Technologies)
Christine Genge first joined STEMCELL Technologies as a Scientific Inside Sales Representative after completing her PhD in molecular cardiac physiology at SFU in 2016. A pilates teacher in her spare time, Christine has a knack for connecting and engaging with people. She has now combined this talent with her scientific expertise as she heads up the Recruiting Team at STEMCELL. She is passionate about helping connect people to the right career paths in biotech and leverages her own personal experience transitioning from academia and navigating scientific career paths in biotech.
STEMCELL Technologies Inc is a privately-owned biotechnology company that develops specialty cell culture media, cell separation products and ancillary reagents for life science research. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including over 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.
Kevin Kasik, BSc (QA/QC Technician, Mera Cannabis Corp.)
Kevin Kasik graduated from Lakehead University's Bachelor of Science program in 2016. More recently, he began a post-graduate certificate in Regulations and Quality Assurance for Cannabis at Seneca College. Kevin currently holds the position of QA/QC Technician at Mera Cannabis Corp., as their first co-op student supporter by BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.
Mads Kaern, PhD (Associate Professor & Principal Investigator, University of Ottawa)
Dr. Kaern’s primary research focus is on the cellular pathways that regulate gene expression in response to external signals and drug treatment, including mechanisms that can result in drug resistance without genetic mutations. The philosophy of the Kaern lab is that complex biological phenomena can often be explained, or predicted, using quantitative models reflecting the underlying biology. Such models play an essential role in many areas of life science because they can facilitate the development of hypotheses driving experimental investigations forward.
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Partnerships & Acknowledgements:
This event is held in partnership with BioTalent Canada
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