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  • Office of the President

    Peter Garrett

    Associate Vice-President Research - Innovation & CEO, Innovate Calgary

    As the CEO of Innovate Calgary and the Associate Vice-President (Research) – Innovation for the University of Calgary, Peter Garrett is responsible for managing Innovate Calg...

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    Peter Garrett
    Associate Vice-President Research - Innovation & CEO, Innovate Calgary

    Shannon Stahl

    Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer & Office Manager

    As Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Office Manager, Shannon Stahl directly supports Innovate Calgary's CEO, management team, stakeholders and Board of Di...

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    Shannon Stahl, BSc
    Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer & Office Manager

    Sherry Wei

    Controller

    As Controller, Sherry Wei is responsible for managing the financing and accounting functions for Innovate Calgary and its company formation portfolio of companies. Expertise an...

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    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA
    Controller

    John Wilson

    Senior Director

    As the Senior Director, John Wilson oversees the commercialization activities of the innovation team at Innovate Calgary.   Expertise and background: Ph.D., Chem...

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    John Wilson, PhD
    Senior Director

    Stace Wills

    Vice President, Energy

    As the Vice-President, Energy, Stace Wills is responsible for managing the commercialization activities for University of Calgary researchers that are developing marketable innovat...

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    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Vice President, Energy

    Ken Porter

    Director, Social Enterprise

    As Director, Social Enterprise, Ken Porter leads the team that supports commercialization activities while directing the commercialization of University of Calgary-based social ent...

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    Ken Porter, PhD, MBA, RTTP
    Director, Social Enterprise

    Tara Barnas

    Director, Communications & Marketing

    As the Director, Communications and Marketing, Tara Barnas leads Innovate Calgary's corporate marketing and communication activities. With over 12 years of diverse experi...

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    Tara Barnas, BA
    Director, Communications & Marketing
  • Finance & Administration

    Sherry Wei

    Controller

    As Controller, Sherry Wei is responsible for managing the financing and accounting functions for Innovate Calgary and its company formation portfolio of companies. Expertise an...

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    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA
    Controller

    Jenny Zhang

    Intermediate Accountant

    As the Intermediate Accountant, Jenny Zhang supports the accounting functions, including accounts payable and receivable, for Innovate Calgary and its portfolio companies. Expe...

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    Jenny Zhang
    Intermediate Accountant

    Betty Eggertson

    Executive Assistant

    As Executive Assistant, Betty Eggertson supports the Intellectual Management and University of Calgary - Energy Technology Accelerator teams overseeing the day-to-day administratio...

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    Betty Eggertson, Bsc
    Executive Assistant

    Andrei Edwards

    Corporate Counsel

    As Corporate Counsel, Andrei Edwards works with Innovate Calgary’s senior management and business departments on a wide range of legal, operational and strategic initiatives,...

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    Andrei Edwards, MBA, J.D.
    Corporate Counsel

    Venessa Manaloto

    Patents Manager

    As the Patents Manager, Venessa Manaloto is responsible for providing support for Innovate Calgary’s contract and intellectual property processes. Venessa leads and work...

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    Venessa Manaloto
    Patents Manager
  • Life Sciences & Medicine

    Jessie Kubes

    Director, Medical & Life Sciences

    As Director, Medicial & Life Sciences, Jessie Kubes oversees the commercialization activities and industry partnerships for the University of Calgary. Expertise and backgro...

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    Jessie Kubes, Executive MBA, Ph.D., MSc
    Director, Medical & Life Sciences

    Nima Najand

    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences

    As a Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences and Medicine, Nima Najand leads the Life and Health Sciences team to commercialize innovations involving therapeutics, diag...

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    Nima Najand, PhD
    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences

    Morgan Mengjuan Guo

    Intellectual Property Manager

    As an Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences, Morgan Guo works with University of Calgary researchers to manage intellectual property and commercialization of new discoveries...

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    Morgan Mengjuan Guo, PhD
    Intellectual Property Manager

    Jacque-Lynne Johnson

    Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences (currently on maternity leave)

    As Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences, Jacque-Lynne Johnson is responsible for assessing new technologies and discoveries in social innovation, clinical and life sciences...

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    Jacque-Lynne Johnson, PhD
    Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences (currently on maternity leave)

    Erin Kulhawy

    Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences (currently on maternity leave)

    As an Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences, Erin is responsible for managing a portfolio of life sciences technologies and discoveries at the University of Calgary. In this...

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    Erin Kulhawy, PhD
    Intellectual Property Manager, Life Sciences (currently on maternity leave)
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering

    Tony Wigglesworth

    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    As the Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Physical Science, Tony is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in material sciences, clean tech, an...

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    Tony Wigglesworth, PhD
    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    Jim Wilson

    Intellectual Property Manager

    As Intellectual Property Manager, Jim Wilson is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of environmental, medical and life sciences. ...

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    Jim Wilson, PhD
    Intellectual Property Manager

    Rishi Batra

    Intellectual Property Manager

    As an Intellectual Property Manager, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Rishi Batra is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of o...

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    Rishi Batra, M.Eng
    Intellectual Property Manager
  • Social Sciences & Clinical

    Ken Porter

    Director, Social Enterprise

    As Director, Social Enterprise, Ken Porter leads the team that supports commercialization activities while directing the commercialization of University of Calgary-based social ent...

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    Ken Porter, PhD, MBA, RTTP
    Director, Social Enterprise

    Jordana Armstrong

    Intellectual Property Manager, Social Innovation and Enterprise

    As an Intellectual Property Manager for socially-driven projects and enterprise, Jordana provides strategic direction for evidence-informed solutions to pressing challenges, which ...

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    Jordana Armstrong, BA
    Intellectual Property Manager, Social Innovation and Enterprise
  • Energy & Cleantech

    Stace Wills

    Vice President, Energy

    As the Vice-President, Energy, Stace Wills is responsible for managing the commercialization activities for University of Calgary researchers that are developing marketable innovat...

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    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Vice President, Energy

    Peter Zyla

    KICS Program Manager

    As the KICS Program Manager, Peter Zyla is responsible for overseeing the KICS facility, project management and operations including business development for participating clients....

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    Peter Zyla, MBA
    KICS Program Manager

    Pej Ghanipour

    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    As a Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Pej Ghanipour works with independent and University of Calgary researchers to manage the commercialization aspects of a wide range of tec...

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    Pej Ghanipour, B.Sc., MASc.
    Sr. Intellectual Property Manager

    Puneet Mannan

    Sr. Business Development Manager

    As a Senior Business Development Manager, Puneet Mannan is a member of the Energy Technology Accelerator team that manages the investment portfolio for energy technologies to ensur...

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    Puneet Mannan, MBA, B.Eng., PMP
    Sr. Business Development Manager

    Jelena Matic

    Technology Analyst, Energy

    As Technology Analyst, Energy, Jelena is responsible for performing detailed assessments for patentability, technical merit, market potential, and overall commercial viab...

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    Jelena Matic, Bsc.
    Technology Analyst, Energy