BioTalent Canada Unveils I.D.E.A.L Scholarship to Champion Diversity in STEM

BioTalent Canada Unveils I.D.E.A.L Scholarship to Champion Diversity in STEM

BioTalent Canada Unveils I.D.E.A.L Scholarship to Champion Diversity in STEM

OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioTalent Canada is proud to announce the launch of its I.D.E.A.L ScholarshipTM — a groundbreaking initiative designed to promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility leadership (IDEAL) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies. The scholarship will encourage equity-deserving groups to enter STEM studies, diversify the bio-economy, and increase enrollment in STEM programs across Canada.

The I.D.E.A.L Scholarship — an extension of BioTalent Canada’s successful I.D.E.A.L Employer Recognition Program — embodies the organization’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce, and recognizing the need for equitable representation in Canada’s bio-economy. The program is tailored to support students entering their first year of study in accredited colleges or universities in Canada, focusing on those pursuing STEM disciplines.

“BioTalent Canada is excited to introduce the I.D.E.A.L Scholarship which expands our commitment to diversity in the bio-economy,” said Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “By supporting equity-deserving groups in STEM, we’re investing in individuals who will be the sector’s future. Diversity fuels innovation, and this initiative will fuel that creativity with the talent it needs to succeed.”

The I.D.E.A.L Scholarship is open to students who self-identify as members of equity-deserving groups, including women, LGBTQ2+ individuals, persons with disabilities, indigenous groups, or newcomers. The focus for the inaugural year will be on candidates from indigenous groups or persons with disabilities, based on the findings of BioTalent Canada’s Labour Market Information (LMI) which highlighted these two groups as the least represented in the industry.

“By actively promoting diversity and inclusion, BioTalent Canada is endeavouring to foster a vibrant and innovative bio-economy,” Henderson added. “Our industry thrives on fresh perspectives and varied experiences. The I.D.E.A.L Scholarship is not just about providing financial support; it’s about cultivating a community of diverse talents that will drive the future of biotechnology in Canada.”

The I.D.E.A.L Scholarship seeks to address disparities by encouraging and empowering individuals from equity-deserving groups to pursue STEM studies and contribute to the growth of the bio-economy. Successful applicants will be chosen based on a set of criteria that include career objectives, leadership in IDEA principles, learning and awareness of IDEA principles, inclusivity through education and more.

Applications for the I.D.E.A.L Scholarship will be opening Spring 2024. Visit to learn about BioTalent Canada awards and recognitions.

The addition of the I.D.E.A.L Scholarship to BioTalent Canada’s suite of products, programs and services complements the work already being done through the Student Work Placement Program to ensure equity-deserving groups can gain meaningful employment in Canada’s health and biosciences sector.

About BioTalent Canada:

BioTalent Canada supports the people behind life-changing science. Trusted as the go-to source for labour market intelligence, BioTalent Canada guides bio-economy stakeholders with evidence-based data and industry-driven standards. BioTalent Canada is focused on igniting the industry’s brainpower, bridging the gap between job-ready talent and employers, and ensuring the long-term agility, resiliency, and sustainability of one of Canada’s most vital sectors.

Recently named a Great Place to Work® and Best Workplaces in Healthcare for 2023, by Great Place to Work Canada®, as well as being listed as a Best Workplace by HRD Canada for 2023 and a 5-Star Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Employer by Canadian HR Reporter, BioTalent Canada practices the same industry standards it recommends to stakeholders. These varied distinctions were awarded to BioTalent Canada following a thorough and independent analysis of the organization.

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