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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 Canadaâ€™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 Canadaâ€™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.