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Meet the Research Innovation Office

Office of the Assistant Vice-President, Research (Innovation & Knowledge Mobilization)

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Jessica Bowes

Assistant Vice-President, Research (Innovation & Knowledge Mobilization) 

With an entrepreneurial outlook and a genuine passion for supporting ground-breaking ideas, Jessica is responsible for innovation broadly across campus. She works closely with the greater community to grow and maintain strategic research alliances with private- and public-sector partners looking to innovate, enhance knowledge translation, foster social impact, and convert ideas and research into commercial opportunities. | 519-824-4120, Ext. 54100

Technology Transfer

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Steve De Brabandere

Director, Technology Transfer and Industry Liaison

Leads the technology transfer team in IP protection, licensing & commercialization activities. | 519-824-4120, Ext. 54916

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David Hobson

Manager, Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship

Supports inventions moving through the technology transfer process, while fostering entrepreneurship in university research programs.

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Steve Dinka

Technology Transfer Manager, Germplasm

Works with plant breeders, government, industry leaders, companies, and growers to increase the commercial impact of new U of G plant varieties.

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Beth Brittain

Technology Transfer & Agreements Assistant

Primary administrator of the technology transfer database ensuring licensing and agreements are kept in good standing.

Industry Liaison

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Kaleigh Rajna

Industry Liaison Officer

Promotes meaningful collaboration and knowledge exchange by facilitating research opportunities between faculty and external partners. | 519-824-4120, Ext. 56426

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Emily Gordon

Senior Advisor - University of Guelph (Mitacs)

Promotes and supports Mitacs program delivery across all colleges, increasing opportunities for collaborative research.

New Venture Creation

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Tyler Zemlak

Manager, Innovation Strategy

Enhances innovation, entrepreneurship, and partnerships through efficient program implementation and support services. | 519-824-4120, Ext. 53512

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Kelly Ziegler

Project Coordinator, New Venture Creation

Develops and manages operational work plans within the New Venture Creation portfolio to achieve strategic goals and project objectives. | 519-824-4120, Ext. 58289

Knowledge Mobilization

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Valerie Hruska

Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Coordinator

Supports new and existing knowledge mobilization initiatives, including training, capacity development, and the Policy Fellowship Program. | (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53351

Support Staff

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Nakita Byrne-Mamahit

Project Coordinator, Commercialization Outcomes

Enhancing the awareness of existing and arising intellectual property through various commercialization projects. | (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53592

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Michelle Provencher

Financial Officer

Oversees financial management and related reporting aspects for Research Innovation Office activities and portfolios. | (519) 824-4120, Ext. 52557

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Michelle Stringer

Project Coordinator

Accelerates the advancement and implementation of various projects. | (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56009

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Melissa Williams

Office Coordinator

Offers administrative support to Research Innovation Office staff, ensuring the office's smooth operation. | (519) 824-4120, Ext. 58878