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Canadian Alliance for Skills & Training in life sciences (CASTL)

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) provides world-class technical skills development and training in life sciences specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. It is a unique partnership between academia, industry, and government to address the future skills needs of the fast-growing bioscience sector.

CASTL is the exclusive provider of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) licensed training programs in Canada. Based in Ireland, NIBRT develops and delivers state-of-the-art training and education programs for the world’s leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing companies and partner academic institutions.

CASTL is building world-class training facilities in Canada with the first site opening in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in the fall of 2022. Our facilities contain state of the art pilot scale bioprocessing equipment that will allow employees to gain practical skills that are immediately transferable to process scale-up and clean room environments

By training with CASTL and our academic partners, individuals are equipped to acquire hands-on technical training and theoretical knowledge to have a successful career in life science.



Contact the CASTL team

Penny Walsh-McGuire
Executive Director

Wendy McIsaac
Director of Academic Partnerships and Special Projects


Sidney Reid
Director of Client Services

Ellen Ross
Training Administrator

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