HR Microscope – June 2020

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June 2020

Spartan Bioscience On: Company Growth During a Pandemic

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Change and growth at your place of work can be trying at the best of times. Having it happen during a global pandemic poses a unique set of challenges. That’s certainly the case when it comes to Spartan’s current company growth.

According to Spartan’s Human Resources team, successfully growing so quickly in the face of uncertainty is about being open and flexible to change.

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Be recognized as an expert in your field – NOS consultation groups

Contribute your expertise to industry standards

National Occupational Standards are being developed closely with industry experts to ensure they reflect current employer needs of what skills and competencies are needed in specific roles.

Participate in consultations to:

  • Have your expertise reflected in the standard
  • Be recognized as a contributor in the final National Occupational Standard
  • Contribute to strengthening the bio-economy workforce
  • Learn what skills other experts bring to the role

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Update: Student Work Placement Program now open to healthcare placements

The Student Work Placement Program is now accepting applications for healthcare placements. Canada’s healthcare industry has a growing need to produce job-ready healthcare workers. There are 1,500 open spots available in 2020-21.


  • Healthcare organizations are now eligible to apply for student wage subsidies.
  • Wage subsidies cover up to 75% of all placement salaries – up to a maximum of $7,500.
  • The requirement to hire above an organization’s co-op/student hiring baseline has been removed.

For a complete list of updates, eligibility requirements, and program details, visit

Canadian youth to benefit from BioTalent Canada’s green economy wage subsidy

BioTalent Canada announced on June 22 the extension of its green jobs wage subsidy program. The Science and Technology Internship Program—Green Jobs (STIP), funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, helps Canadian youth start careers within Canada’s green economy. This includes organizations in energy, forestry, earth sciences, and minerals and metals.

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“What we have seen from co-op students and young undergraduates coming into the company is that they add to the company not just with hands, but with ideas.”

– Marianne Stanford, PhD, Vice President, Research & Development, IMV, during Alberta Impact and Health City’s panel discussion that highlighted the importance of work-integrated learning to advance Canada’s bio-economy—now and post-pandemic.

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BioTalent Canada recognized as one of 2020’s Best Workplaces in Ontario

BioTalent Canada is proud to announce today that it has been named to the 2020 list of Best Workplaces in Ontario after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.

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BioTalent Canada and Ipsos announce winner of $2,000 VISA gift card

BioTalent Canada and Ipsos are proud to announce that Mr. Daniel Bouthillier of Kanyr Pharma has won the Labour Market Information (LMI) Employer Survey draw for the $2,000 VISA gift card. Congratulations Mr. Bouthillier!

BioTalent Canada is currently analyzing the results and conducting in-depth interviews to put more context around the data, especially in light of COVID-19. Research briefs will be released in the coming months with full reports in 2021.

Thank you all again for participating in BioTalent Canada’s labour market study. Now more than ever research like this for Canada’s bio-economy is essential in bringing discoveries to market.

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Take a closer look at BioTalent Canada’s partners:



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IEC-BC logo          Ag-West Bio logo          STEMCELL Technologies logo    Bioscience Association of Manitoba logo


Life Sciences Ontario | Business Wire | Gowling WLG | HealthPartners | LifeSciences BC | BioNova | McGovern Management Group Inc.


ACCES Employment | Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation | BioNB | BIOQuebec | PEI BioAlliance | BioLAB Business | Bioenterprise | City of Mississauga | Seneca College | Health City | University of Calgary Schulich School of Business | University of Manitoba | University of Waterloo | University of Guelph | University of British Columbia – Co-op | Borden Ladner Gervais | New Ventures BC | University of Ottawa | University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus | Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) | Ryerson University


BIOTECanada | Medtech Canada | Renewable Industries Canada | BioAlberta | Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization | Biotech Primer | City of Toronto | BioBenefits | The Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)

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BioConnect | Charles River Laboratories | eSight | IMV-Inc. | Synaptive Medical
Spartan Bioscience | Therapure | Zymeworks

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