Career QnA

Read about the career choices our mentors have made to become established biotech professionals. Each month, a new mentor will share their career journeys and advice for those wishing to follow in their footsteps.

Bob Ingratta

Ashraf Amlani - Saturday, August 28, 2010

His motto: The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Bob Ingratta

As a Bioenergy & Bioproduct Sector Specialist at LifeSciences BC, Bob Ingratta networks with experts in a diversity of fields to help build a sustainable bioenergy and bioproducts sector in British Columbia. Prior to this, Bob was the vice-president of Regulatory & International Affairs at Monsanto Canada Inc, where he liaised with industry associations to lead strategies for government policy and regulations in bioproducts, agriculture and food. Bob completed his B. Sc and M. Sc from the University of Guelph in Ontario, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at BioTalent Canada. After a challenging day of work, Bob enjoys playing the guitar and sailing.

SBN: Describe a typical day at work

BI: A significant part of each day is devoted to networking and promotion of the Bioenergy and Bioproducts sector through communication via email; webinars and conference calls. I work with my advisory committee members, researchers, governments and other associations to share the most current information and business opportunities. Each day starts and ends with action plans and strategic thinking for the future.

SBN: Describe some of the biggest challenges that you face at work

BI: Since it is an emerging sector, the challenges of support for members with limited funds requires efficiency and focus for best returns on investment of time and resources.

SBN: What attracted you to this profession ?

BI: The opportunity to make a difference for future generations with Bioenergy and BioCleantech to address climate change while creating economic growth and new jobs

SBN: What challenges did you encounter while establishing your career and how did you overcome them?

BI: Over my career, the challenge of continuous learning and adjusting to change in technology and business was essential. I accepted the need for continuous change by welcoming change as an opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally.

SBN: Any advice you would like to share with those wishing to continue in your footsteps?

BI: Your job and career will take the majority of your time. Try to match your career choice with the skills that you are good at and love to do.

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