Rob Henderson is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of private and public sector management experience. He has led the transformation of 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 leadership, BioTalent Canada’s national portfolio has expanded, with the mandate to increase student job-readiness matched to health and bioscience related career opportunities.
Since 2011, Rob has grown BioTalent Canada from an initial staff count of five to its current contingent of more than 40 team members. Under his leadership, BioTalent Canada was named one of Ontario’s Best Workplaces and one of Canada’s best healthcare care workplaces by Great Place To WorkTM in 2020. He helped determine the organization’s unique value proposition and market niche which enabled him to build a network of more than 60 partner organizations.
Under Rob’s guidance, BioTalent Canada has engaged with government, employers, industry 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.
It isn’t just about recruitment. Canada’s biotech industry is a significant catalyst for the national economy. In 2016, biotech contributed $7.8B to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product. (Source: The Hill Times, Canadian Biotech At-A-Glance, Sept. 2018).
Fluently bilingual and a Quebec native, Rob is a respected biotech HR thought leader who provides counsel to all levels of government. He’s a member of the National Stakeholders Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council. Previous to that, at the request of the federal Minister, Rob was a member of the Government of Canada’s Blue Ribbon Panel titled Survival to Success Transforming Immigration. In 2013, Rob presented BioTalent Canada’s talent solutions, in Brussels at the European Union headquarters, to an international audience of global biotech firms.
Prior to his role as President and CEO of BioTalent Canada, he served as President, Quebec and Vice-President, Eastern Canada for Canada NewsWire. In that role, he advised C-Suite clients on industry leading best practices in public and investor relations and inspired business growth and customer service innovation which included the creation of the company’s first national sales call centre.
Throughout his career, Rob has held Executive Director and Board leadership roles at various associations. In this capacity, Rob shaped numerous Board functions under several different models of governance. Earlier in his career, Rob led the Canadian Association of Journalists through a complex revenue/partnership exercise guided by ethics principles and Board participation and retains strong friendships with Canada’s top journalists to this day.
Rob Henderson earned a BSc Honours in Biology from the University of Ottawa.
Rob is active as a volunteer and performer in the Nation’s Capital performing arts community.