MPP Tangri Announces Winner of the Inaugural Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program

Published on June 12, 2019



MPP Tangri Announces Winner of the Inaugural Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program

20 Mississauga Undergraduate Students Awarded $4,000 Scholarships and One-on-One Mentoring



June 12, 2019


MISSISSAUGA, ON – Nina Tangri, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, joined Life Sciences Ontario President and CEO Dr. Jason Field, Mississauga Board of Trade President and CEO David Wojcik, and local life science industry representatives to announce the recipients of the Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program.


“Mississauga-Streetsville is home to one of the largest Life Science clusters in North America,” said Tangri. “Each company had the same issue – not enough qualified applicants for a job, and the issue of applicants leaving a company after being trained to work closer to their homes and families. Through open and engaging discussion, we came up with a solution – building a bigger talent pool right here in the community by having companies invest in their future employees.


The program, in its first year, aims to close these gaps and increase awareness of the life sciences sector in Mississauga as a significant employer for new graduates, a significant driver of the local economy, an integrated local stakeholder, engaged with and supportive of the local community; and an existing, innovative and promising industry. The scholarships are funded entirely by the industry and come at no cost to taxpayers.


Applicants were required to have a permanent address in the City of Mississauga, an academic average of 75% or greater, and submit an essay outlining community and volunteer work that they have completed.


"This award will provide 20 students from Mississauga $4,000 each towards their undergraduate education. In addition to the financial award, the sponsoring companies: AstraZeneca, Bayer, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon Pharma, Novo Nordisk, Roche and Sanofi Canada have all committed to providing one-on-one mentoring to the recipients with an experienced professional from their field of study,” said Dr. Field. “This aspect differentiates this scholarship from other scholarship programs as it is a commitment of both dollars and something even more valuable, time. It is a way to connect our sector with young professionals, to help raise awareness of opportunities in life sciences, build a local talent pool all while giving back to a community that has supported us for so many years."


“Our Government is working hard to make sure that Ontario is Open for Business, Open for Jobs, and Open for Innovation,” concluded Tangri. “I am absolutely committed to working with industry and our Government to make sure that this message is proven to be true in our community.”


Quick Facts:

  • Mississauga is home to a diverse life sciences ecosystem, with over 430 companies, 66 life sciences corporate head office locations, and over 22,000 people employed by the sector.
  • Since 2006, Ontario’s life sciences sector experienced 19.3% job growth, outpacing the Ontario average of 10.5%. Ontario comprises 51% of Canada’s Research and Development spending in life sciences
  • The Scholarship Program was announced on May 9th 2019 at Novo Nordisk Canada with Ontario Premier Doug Ford in attendance.
  • The Program was administered by Life Sciences Ontario and Universities Canada


More information about the Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program is available here.


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