LifeSci Connect, a local networking event hosted by TechAlliance, WIL Employment Connections and the London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council (LMIEC) brought together immigrant professionals and employers in life sciences at Aroma restaurant in downtown London on Tuesday.
The event, hosted as part of National Biotechnology Week, aimed to connect employers struggling to hire and retain highly-skilled workers with a pool of candidates that are new to London and often have difficulty connecting with companies in their field.
“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.”
Frustrations can be felt on the employer side as well. Attracting and retaining talented staff can be challenging. LifeSci Connect is one attempt to help 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.”