LifeSci Connect, a networking event hosted by the London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council (LMIEC), TechAlliance and WIL Employment Connections, took place on September 25th as part of National Biotechnology Week (September 20th – 27th). The event brought together industry-specific companies and new immigrant professionals for an evening of networking. Local employers are struggling to hire and retain highly-skilled workers and the purpose of the event was to connect newcomers to individuals and companies in their field.
Over 50 people attended the event, including representatives from 3M Canada, London Health Sciences, Research Western, Western Research Park, Schulich Research, Trudell Medical International, Evinci, CIMTEC and Polyanalytik. “It’s really all about access to the hidden job market,” explained Deborah Villani, Program Coordinator at the LMIEC. “There’s not a lot of networking opportunities in life sciences. New job seekers may not even know some of these companies exist.” Great connections were established including meeting peer and professional contacts in the Life Sciences field. LifeSci Connect helped close the gap between employers and a potentially untapped talent pool.
“Working closely with local technology companies, we know that finding specialized talent in life sciences can be difficult,” said Marilyn Sinclair, President & CEO of TechAlliance. “As part of National Biotechnology Week, we want to connect local companies with new talent, enabling them to grow their teams and their businesses in the future.” Additionally, mentors from the LMIEC Mentorship for Immigrant Employment program also attended. The program connects skilled immigrants with local mentors in their field or occupation to facilitate an improved understanding of their occupation in Canada for the purpose of connecting to potential employment opportunities in our community. We hope to see new mentors register as a result of attending the evening’s activities.