BioTalent Canada Announces Mike D’Amico of Ottawa’s Stratford Managers as new Board Chair

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, October 24, 2017 – Mike D’Amico, Stratford Managers Corporation’s VP and HR Practice Lead, was recently named Chair of BioTalent Canada’s Board of Directors at the organization’s Board meeting.

Mr. D’Amico has served on BioTalent Canada’s board for eight years, most recently as Vice-Chair. He brings a wealth of HR experience to BioTalent Canada, a national non-profit HR association for Canada’s bio-economy. The organization works with its corporate partners, national and provincial biotechnology associations, and the public sector to ensure Canada’s biotechnology businesses have access to the most skilled talent available.

Mike D’Amico takes the helm during a time of expansion for BioTalent Canada. The organization, best known for its wage-subsidy programs to help new talent gain employment in biotechnology and assist companies offset the costs of hiring, is rolling out its largest funding announcements in its 20-year history. Over the next four years, thanks to a series of government funded initiatives, BioTalent Canada will help inject over $10.3 million in wage subsidies to facilitate 1,400 new job placements in the biotechnology and bio-environmental sectors.
“I am proud and honoured to continue to be part of BioTalent Canada’s work,” says Mr. D’Amico. “I look forward to serving the many small- and medium-sized organizations that make up the bulk of Canada’s bio-economy and serving their HR needs to ensure they have access to the best talent available.”

In his career as HR executive, Mr. D’Amico worked in a diverse range of business environments, from publicly-traded companies and private companies as well as those entering the IPO process. Prior to joining Stratford Managers, D’Amico founded Strategic HR Consulting Canada, an HR consulting firm providing HR strategies to clients. He has held senior executive roles in the biotechnology, software and telecom industries.

“Mike D’Amico brings in an incredible breadth of HR experience.” says Rob Henderson, BioTalent Canada’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to have his experience and leadership on the Board of Directors.”

Mike D’Amico succeeds former Chair, Norma Biln, Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver’s Augurex Life Sciences Corp, who served as Chair of the BioTalent Canada Board of Directors since 2014.

BioTalent Canada is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2017-2018:

  • Mike D’Amico
    VP and HR Practice Lead, Stratford Managers Corp., Ottawa, ON (Board Chair)
  • Reg Joseph
    Board Member, Metabolomic Technologies Inc., Edmonton, AB (Board Vice-Chair)
  • Boni Dorish
    Director of Finance, Administration and Human Resources, Ag-West Bio Inc., Saskatoon, SK (Treasurer)
  • Vivian Beer
    Manager, HR Strategy, PEI BioAlliance, Charlottetown, PE
  • Glenna Boyle
    Director of Human Resources/Ethics and Compliance Officer, Fresenius Medical Care Canada, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Natalie Dakers
    President and CEO, Accel-Rx Health Science Accelerator, Vancouver, BC
  • Helen Findlay
    Sr. Director, Innovation Projects, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO), Toronto, ON
  • Andrea Gilpin
    General Manager Goodman Center for Pediatric Formulation, Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, Montreal, QC
  • Neena Gupta
    Lawyer, Partner, Gowling WLG, Waterloo, ON
  • Donna Husack
    HR Consultant, Mississauga, ON
  • Lidija Marusic
    Investment Manager, Innovacorp, Halifax, NS
  • Edward Short
    Executive Director, Human Resources, Charles River Laboratories, Senneville, QC

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About BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research, and product development, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information, and skills development tools so the industry can focus on strengthening Canada’s biotech business. For more information, please visit biotalent.ca.

Media inquiries:
Fiorella Jansen-Nicorescu
Marketing & Communications Manager
BioTalent Canada
613-235-1402 ext. 229
fnicorescu@biotalent.ca