Great employees are the foundation of great companies. Having the right people can drive innovation, productivity and company growth. And when you’re looking for new hires for your company, you might want to keep this factor in mind: location.
There’s one region in particular in Ontario that’s been steadily attracting the best and the brightest from Canada and around the world.
The City of Mississauga is home to one of the largest and most diverse talent pools in Canada. Its talent pool has become a powerful engine of the economy, and a source of skilled workers for many businesses in the city.
Why Mississauga’s full of talent
While attracting and growing top talent is no easy feat, it’s something at which the City of Mississauga excels. The City is surrounded by 21 post-secondary institutions from which it can draw talent, including the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI), as well of one of the few Masters of Biotechnology programs in Canada.
For international companies looking to set up shop in Mississauga, there are over 200 languages spoken in the City and 38,000 international students, making this talent pool one of Canada’s most diverse.
The City is also becoming a major player in biotech. Its life sciences cluster is the third largest in Canada, with over 350 companies. The sector employs more than 20,000 skilled workers, and is a main business component of Mississauga, with emphasis on investing in talent, new technology and infrastructure.
Build it and they will come
Roche Canada recently opened the doors to its newest Global Pharmaceutical Development site, a facility which manages a number of the company’s worldwide clinical trials. The project saw an investment of over $190 million, to create the global development site at its Mississauga operations and to bring 200 highly-skilled and specialized jobs to Mississauga.
“As an innovative pharmaceutical company, we’re focused on research and development. At our core, we innovate. Our location has made it easy to draw from a wealth of local talent through university graduates, start-up companies and expertise from other industries,” said Vanessa Federovich, VP, Human Resources and Corporate Service, Roche Canada.
A main reason for the expansion and re-investment in Mississauga was the City’s highly-skilled labour resources.
“There were multiple factors that were taken into consideration to create a global development site here in Mississauga,” explained Federovich. “First of all, the talent pool is here. Proximity of education facilities, such as a number of renown universities, a highly skilled workforce in the local area, and the close location of several high caliber medical institutions.”
Creating a top talent pool isn’t just about leading academic and research institutions – although those are crucial. The City’s infrastructure itself helps attract up-and-comers to work and live in Mississauga.
“Mississauga is also wonderful in terms of what it offers to employees – it’s truly a diverse, multi-cultural community offering an incredible quality of life for its residents with excellent public transit, solid infrastructure and access to healthcare,” Federovich explained. “It’s also a very welcoming city with a strong reputation and a real ‘can do’ attitude.”
Local people, global business
For Therapure Biopharma, Mississauga had everything needed to create a leading contract development and manufacturing organization. The international company calls Mississauga home, and has recently expanded its Mississauga operations.
Nick Green is Therapure’s president and CEO. He explains what works for him about Mississauga: “With Mississauga located near an international airport, this serves as a competitive advantage for us logistically,” said Green. “Location appears to be a consideration for other healthcare companies as there are a variety of pharmaceutical and biotech companies in Mississauga which provides a rich talent pool of qualified labour to draw from, benefiting Therapure’s research, development and biomanufacturing needs.”
The company opened a new manufacturing wing at its facility in Mississauga. The new state-of-the-art facility will develop and manufacture biological therapeutics for international markets.
Therapure invested $17 million in capital equipment and renovations, adding 100 new jobs to the City’s economy. It used BioTalent Canada’s services to help find skilled workers in Mississauga for the new wing. BioTalent, the human resources partner of Canada’s bio-economy, helps bridge the gap between companies looking for new hires and individuals in the life sciences looking for jobs.
For Therapure, partnering with BioTalent helped the company reach a larger, more qualified applicant pool. It was able to hire new graduates through BioTalent’s Career Focus wage subsidy program, and The PetriDish™ job board.
Accessing Mississauga’s talent pool
Overall, human capital is a company’s most important asset. Yet for many CEOs, finding the right people for the job can be a challenge. For companies looking to access top candidates in Mississauga’s talent pool, services like BioTalent’s job board help connect employers with job seekers.
“Employers are looking for talent and they need to find the talent quickly. 22.7% said in our recent study that finding candidates quickly enough was a challenge. That means employers need to look for the talent where they can find them,” said Siobhan Williams, director, Marketing and Communications, BioTalent Canada.
“The City of Mississauga has so much going for it, including top talent,” continued Williams. “BioTalent Canada’s shares the view that talent is key to success – whether you are a municipality, major city or biotech company. Addressing these issues involves all bio-economy stakeholders working together.”
If you’re a life science company looking to hire new talent, you might want to take a look at what Mississauga has got going on.
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Jan 22, 2014 @ 11:12