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Innovate Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada (hybrid)
14 days ago
Innovate Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada (hybrid)
14 days ago


About Innovate Calgary 

 Our mission is to guide the development of innovation-driven enterprises on behalf of the University of Calgary and government partners, maximizing the economic and social impact their work has on our city, province and the world.


  •  As the University of Calgary’s innovation agent, we assist researchers and clinicians with translational and commercial needs, including research partnerships, management of intellectual assets, patenting and licensing of technology, healthcare systems navigation, and company formation, incubation and seed investment.
  • Working with partners, we support Alberta-based SMEs with IP services from awareness and strategy to financial support for implementation.
  • As a partner in the development of the University Innovation Quarter (UiQ), we manage two themed accelerator hubs (Health and Life Sciences, Social Innovation). With partners in the Calgary Innovation Coalition, we manage the Energy Transition Centre in downtown Calgary, the business centre of Alberta’s Energy industry.

How we work

Innovate Calgary has 50 full-time permanent staff and works collaboratively with external advisors and partners in the delivery of services to achieve our goals and those of our stakeholders. In addition to a central corporate group, we operate with four stakeholder-facing business groups:

  • Intellectual Property – IP services for UCalgary researchers and SMEs in Alberta.
  • UiQ – Accelerator services both at the University and in downtown Calgary.
  • UCeed – Investment fund management ($18M AUM), today we have 5 funds - health, child health, social, student-managed all-tech, and energy.
  • IMPACT – Health systems navigation for SMEs

Position Summary

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead the Intellectual Property group. The Executive Director will report to the President and CEO. In addition to IP leadership, the Executive Director will have responsibilities in all phases of office operations, including business development, industry partnerships, technology licensing, and startup creation. We are seeking candidates with either a life sciences or energy background.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities 


  • Develop and lead our suite of IP programs to support UCalgary researchers and SMEs in Alberta;
  • Lead and develop a team of IP professionals, including training and management of staff;
  • Participate in the UCeed investment process and provide due diligence support on IP matters;
  • Integrate internal IP programs to support key partners; and
  • Develop and report on our IP portfolio.


  • Advance innovations to market through research partnerships, licensing, and company creation;
  • Develop business opportunity and commercialization plans for innovations, research consortia, and startup ventures; 
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of contractual agreements; 
  • Provide advice and assistance to university and government authorities regarding intellectual property rights and commercialization practices; and
  • Mentor university researchers and entrepreneurs in all phases of research administration, intellectual property management, and innovation commercialization.



 The Executive Director works closely with staff, external patent counsel, entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, senior university administrators, and corporate partners. The position requires excellent communication, decision-making and organizational skills; market-based analytic judgment; the ability to prioritize and monitor multiple competing deadlines; and excellent interpersonal skills to work with a diverse constituency of higher education, government, and business personnel.  


  •  Advanced degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Ten years management experience;
  • Understanding of scientific and legal principles, upon which to base business decisions;
  • Expert knowledge of intellectual property laws and business practices;
  • Skilled in negotiating terms and conditions of contractual agreements; and
  • Refined negotiation and strategic thinking skills for sustained high-level interactions to source and close deals.


  •  D./MBA; and
  • Business development experience in a commercial environment.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66777867
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Company Name For Job: Innovate Calgary
  • Position Title: Executive Director, Intellectual Property
  • Industry: Other
  • Job Function: Executive/Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 10-15 years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $130,000.00 - $200,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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