New report suggests more to be done to recruit women into biosciences

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Jackalina Van Kampen, left, of Neurodyn, Pam Gray, BioTalent Canada, and Sue Rowe, Island Abbey Foods, chat before the Connecting and Advancing Women in Biotechnology panel presentation held at the Guild recently.

Biotech companies  missing out on potential skilled talent by not doing more to recruit women

A new labour market report says biotech companies are missing out on potential skilled talent by not doing more to recruit women.

P.E.I. BioAlliance held a recent public presentation to discuss the report, called "Moving Beyond the Boundaries".

"Women are broadly represented in Canada’s bio-economy, but their numbers have fallen by 11.5 per cent since 2008, and the proportion of women in senior and executive positions in biotech companies remains below 20 per cent," says the study. "With more than half of Canada’s biotechnology companies reporting skills shortages, our sector is missing out on reaching our full potential as pools of skilled talent, such as women, are under-utilized."

A presentation by BioTalent Canada highlighted the results from the recent national survey of women in biotechnology. As well, a panel of women working in the P.E.I. bioscience industry responded to the report findings.

Geographic location: Canada, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • Laurent Beaulieu
    November 19, 2015 - 16:48

    This is very positive news and great for PEI. Let us hope they achieve their goals.

  • Quiet Observer
    November 18, 2015 - 11:39

    All positions should be filled based on merit, not on sex. Period.

  • Concerned
    November 17, 2015 - 14:57

    If only there were jobs on pei for woman to fill