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Build your Innovative Talent Pipeline

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:00am to Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:45am

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Young talent is already contributing immensely to company growth and innovation in Nova Scotia. Your company can benefit from tapping into this pool of young talent and engaging in cutting edge research, product development, or product expansion into global markets.

In this session we will help you navigate two funding resources, Mitacs and Innovate to Opportunity; both will make it easier for your company to access and hire advanced post-secondary talent who can contribute to your company’s innovation-related projects.

Join us to learn more and better understand how to navigate the application processes.

About Mitacs and Innovate to Opportunity

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 70 universities, 6,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada and allow companies and not-for-profit organizations to work with talented students and postdoctoral fellows.

When a student hire has completed their Master’s or PhD-level education, companies can make them a permanent full-time employee with the support of Innovate to Opportunity (ITO). ITO offsets the costs of hiring a grad for innovative work that will help a company prepare for, expand, or accelerate its export potential. Companies can receive a wage subsidy for 3 years, with up to 50% of the first year’s salary covered by the Province.

About our Speakers

Kathleen Mifflin
Business Development Specialist, Mitacs
Kathleen works as a Business Development Specialist for Mitacs. Having graduated with a Master’s from Dalhousie University, she has close ties to the school and the various state-of-the-art research facilities that it houses. In her role at Mitacs, she develops collaborative research partnerships between Dalhousie University and the private sector.

Margaret Schwartz
Outreach Coordinator, Youth Employment Programs, Department of Labour & Advanced Education
Margaret is a MSVU Public Relations graduate now civil servant, who helps employers access funding through the Province’s Youth Employment Programs, to retain post-secondary young people in Nova Scotia with meaningful career opportunities.

*Please note, by registering you are aware that we will share your name, company, and contact info with the facilitator (s) so they can contact you with course materials, Zoom links, and additional information.


Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education


Yuliya Demish


Halifax Regional Municipality

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