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Growing A Career in Bioscience - an Information Workshop

  • 04 May 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online


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 Wendy McIsaac   Jane Annear

Growing A Career in Bioscience - An Information Workshop

Bioscience is one of the fastest-growing sectors and PEI has established itself as an exciting and successful hub of the industry with more than 60 companies now forming the PEI BioAlliance cluster and employing 2,200 people. 

Join us online Tuesday, May 4th from 10:00 - 11:00 am for an informal information workshop to learn more about career options that might be right for you!

Wendy McIsaac, Program Director with the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) will be our guest to share information about its latest 12-week Reskilling Program with Holland College as well as other opportunities in the sector.  She'll be joined by Jane Annear, Production Manager at Island Abbey Foods, who will share the story of her progressive journey to a role she feels is the perfect fit for her personal and professional values. 

This free, one-hour online workshop is being offered at no cost and will be a great opportunity to ask questions about the bioscience sector and the range of training and employment options available right now, right here on PEI.

Wendy McIsaac is the Program Director for CASTL. She has worked in the not-for-profit, public and education sectors in varying roles including Education Coordinator, Client Services Director, Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Administrative Officer. Wendy holds a Bachelor Degree in Community Studies, a Bachelor Degree in English, a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education Degree from St. Mary’s University. Wendy is passionate about people, public service, and lifelong learning. 

Jane Annear graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Initially, Jane planned to work for Irving Oil in Saint John, NB, having completed three successful work terms at their refinery. In her final semester, however, she discovered Island Abbey Foods, and realized that their company values perfectly aligned with her personal and professional values. She started as the Operations Leadership Associate, which allowed her to rotate through multiple departments in the company. After 14 months with the company, she was promoted to her current position as Production Manager. Her responsibilities include working with senior management to execute the production schedule, managing all production staff, and improving manufacturing efficiencies and workplace safety.


CASTL is a first-of-its-kind partnership between academia, industry, and government to address the future skills needs of the Canadian life sciences sector. CASTL offers multiple applied learning streams and pathways for individuals to acquire the academic knowledge, and technical and professional skills to have a successful career in life sciences.