Canadian Biomass Magazine

BioTalent partners with Scotiabank on new talent

August 7, 2013
By Scott Jamieson

August 7, 2013, Toronto - Scotiabank has formed a new partnership with BioTalent Canada to help newcomers become a part of Canada’s bio-economy through the launch of the Scotiabank StartRight Biotech Resumé Builder.

The creation of this new online tool was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It targets immigrant job seekers and helps internationally educated professionals build a professional, standardized biotech resumé, to optimize their chances of landing a job in the Canadian biotechnology industry.

 “Scotiabank is excited to partner with BioTalent Canada and help internationally educated professionals enter the Canadian biotechnology job market,” says Winnie Leong, Vice President of Multicultural Banking at Scotiabank. “Biotechnology is a growing sector in Canada that’s transforming many of our traditional industries, including manufacturing and forestry. We’re proud to enable talented new Canadians to contribute to this growth while building strong careers in their new homes.”

For individuals in the biotech industry looking to move to Canada, the Scotiabank StartRight Biotech Resumé Builder is an early step they can take even before they come to Canada. They can define and highlight their job history, skills and education in a way that is the industry standard among Canadian biotech employers.

“As a national organization focused on human resources for Canada’s bio-economy we help create the match,” says Rob Henderson, President of BioTalent Canada. “The Scotiabank StartRight Biotech Resumé Builder goes further. Through this new tool, immigrants will be better prepared to find work within Canada’s diverse and growing bio-economy.”


In addition to bringing their skills into the Canadian bio-economy, individuals planning to move to Canada can also get a head start on their financial transitionbefore arriving in the country. The Scotiabank StartRight international account opening program offers individuals from China, India and Mexico the ability to apply for a bank account and credit card before leaving their home country.  The Scotiabank StartRight also offers specially designed financial solutions for landed immigrants who have been in Canada up to three years, foreign workers and international students from around the world.

About the Scotiabank StartRight® Program for Newcomers
Launched in 2008, the Scotiabank StartRight Program for Newcomers was created for Canadian Landed Immigrants from 0-3 years in Canada, International Students and Foreign Workers.  The Scotiabank StartRight Program for Newcomers provides the right advice and financial solutions to help newcomers plan their future in Canada.  For more details on the Scotiabank StartRight Program, please visit

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is a leading multinational financial services provider and Canada's most international bank. With more than 83,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. In December 2012, Scotiabank became the first Canadian bank to be named Global Bank of the Year and Bank of the Year in the Americas by The Banker magazine, a Financial Times publication. With assets of $754 billion (as at April 30, 2013), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit

About BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada is the HR hub of Canada’s bio-economy. A national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information and skills development tools to the bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people.  For more information please visit

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