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People

Inclusive capacity building, skills development and training are vital to the success of our genomics initiatives. From next generation research talent, to non-specialists adopting new genomics technologies, people drive our impact.

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Talent and training

All of our challenge-driven genomics initiatives have an intentional talent and training strategy. We invest in genomics-related highly qualified personnel (HQP) through programs and strategic partnerships that align with the research and workforce expertise Canada requires to have a robust bioeconomy.

Complex genomic technologies and the associated data require advanced interdisciplinary skills. Genome Canada has invested in more than 5,500 trainees through applied research programs to develop hands-on practical skills and expertise.

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By the numbers

More than 2,500 researchers and 5,500 trainees supported in 2000-2020
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More than 9,000 full-time equivalent jobs created
for highly qualified personnel in Canada from 2000-2020
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Invested in more than 5,500 trainees through applied research programs
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More than 2,500 researchers and 5,500 trainees supported in 2000-2020
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More than 9,000 full-time equivalent jobs created for highly qualified personnel in Canada from 2000-2020
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Invested in more than 5,500 trainees through applied research programs
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Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA)

Advancing equity, inclusion and accessibility will ensure Canada’s diversity is reflected in our programs—a core objective of our work and challenge-driven initiatives. We are committed to ensuring equitable access and benefits to address current and historic inequities in genomics research—including support for early-career researchers and policies for the inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups. 

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Indigenous genomics leadership and engagement

We are strengthening our commitment to addressing the historic inequities in genomics and advancing reconciliation through a distinctions-based Indigenous engagement and partnership strategy. This includes sustained engagement with Indigenous communities through to challenge selection, development and deployment to ensure impact of our challenge-driven initiatives is broadly shared. It also includes supporting the next generation of Indigenous genomics leaders. At the regional level, Genome Centres are invested in vital initiatives to improve Indigenous representation and access as it relates to genomic data and other collaborations to support Indigenous leadership and engagement in genomics.