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Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences names Paul-Xavier Etter as Director of Technical Training

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul-Xavier Etter as Director of Technical Training.

“With more than 20 years working in biotech and biopharma manufacturing in Canada and internationally, we’re pleased to have Paul-Xavier bring his experience to this important leadership role,” said Penny Walsh-McGuire, CASTL Executive Director. “Paul-Xavier’s passion for developing individuals to enhance their performance and deliver safe medicines to patients aligns with CASTL’s values and our vision to expand our biopharma manufacturing training programs across Canada.”

As a highly skilled senior executive with more than 20 years of industry experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, Paul-Xavier has held roles with Sanofi Pasteur, Medicago, and GlaxoSmithKline. He is experienced in process development, technology transfer, green fields, production in cGMP and GLP environments, and Lean Six Sigma project management standards. He has led multidisciplinary teams as well as large and complex projects from research and development to commercialization.

Over his career, Paul-Xavier has contributed to the commercialization of over a billion doses of vaccines. In recent years, he was at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis with Medicago and Inventprise. His passion for training individuals was applied in his role with projects in collaboration with the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the span of his career, he successfully helped drive change and implement new processes internationally. He was an influencer at Sanofi Pasteur Canada to introduce Industry 4.0 in a major capital project.

“I am delighted to join CASTL and be front and center to coach the next generation of Canadian biopharmaceutical workers”, said Etter. “I look forward to working with our training team as we continue to build out our national skills and training network to ensure CASTL offers a best-in-class training experience to both industry and academic partners.”

As CASTL continues to expand hands-on training opportunities across Canada, Paul-Xavier will be responsible for leading operations at the hands-on training facilities in Charlottetown (opening September 2022), Montreal, and future sites. In addition, he will oversee the delivery of the practical and theoretical biopharmaceutical manufacturing training programs and new curriculum development in response to the Canadian industry’s needs.

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Chelsey Rogerson
Director of Communication / Directrice, Marketing et communications

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (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. Specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, CASTL delivers on the economic and sectoral demand for individuals who are work-ready to enter, thrive and meet the needs of the fast-growing Canadian biomanufacturing industry. 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 supported by National Lead Partner adMare Academy. The adMare Academy is dedicated to providing the specialized training required to foster the next generation of highly qualified personnel who will drive the growth of Canadian life science companies. For more information on CASTL, visit

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