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We are always going to be centered on PEOPLE and not primarily on technologies (even though this drives some TTOs mad!). So our newsletter is no exception. It is geared to making this community closer and more aware of all of its members (both the BUY side and the SELL side of the equation).

We'd really appreciate your feedback on this our second issue of the ArrowCan Newsletter.We are thinking that it will come out ABOUT twice a year and contain three sections: News, Views, and Challenges. So let's get on with it:


Innovation 2010 Conference:

Almost 800 delegates attended the Innovation 2010 conference according to the organizers. It was the first meeting of ALL the people involved in the "Knowledge Transfer" industry in Canada. There was a reasonable representation from industry too this time which made it quite a special meeting to attend. The frequent and clear references to "RELATIONSHIPS are often more important than technologies" was music to our ears. Many will recall that this is the founding principle of ArrowCan ("Good deals are a consequence of great relationships ... and not the other way around" sound familiar?). Anyway, we were very fortunate to attend this conference. Next year we are told the conference will be in Quebec City. Congratulations to the organizers! Great job.

Speaking of conferences, Mary-Rose hopes to see you at AUTM in Las Vegas. We have a calendar on our website listing all of the tech transfer and related conferences we are aware of. Please send us your favorites so we can add them.

Recent Noteworthy Changes:

As with the last newsletter (not that this is intended to be a regular feature) we have noted some changes in various TTO offices. Here are some of the highlights:

UBC Okanagan campus has opened its ILO and our own Derek Gratz (of Westlink and Red Deer College fame) is in charge as the Associate Director.
UTI Calgary and Calgary Technologies Inc are moving forward as Innovate Calgary . We understand that this step to organize and combine the Economic Development and the S&T (particularly the commercialization) activities is part of a greater movement in Alberta to exploit the possible synergies through such combinations. Alberta Innovates is one such example.TECEdmonton is another. This is a model that appears to be succeeding and the rest of Canada will be watching to see how successful it is.
Carleton's Foundry Program which for a long time was one of the most unique in the country has folded.
McGill has reorganized its office again. It will be divided into two parts headed by Tanya Glavicic-Theberge and Michele Beaulieu. The former will be in charge of outreach to industry (the PULL side of the equation) and the latter will be responsible for the more traditional push side of that same equation.
Univalor has a new head. After a very successful stint at bringing the organization to its current success Marc Leroux has resigned and the new President Luc Filiatreault shows every promise to take Univalor to yet greater heights. He is an accomplished and VERY successful entrepreneur from the IT telecom side.
Mt. Allison has a new head of the TTO after Anna Sheridan-Jonah left to pursue other career interests. Harold Jarche seems to be settling in very well indeed. He is rumored to be a real "connector".
John Culley has retired after a very successful career at AAFC as the person responsible for their IP throughout Canada. His daughter (Lana) is now a commercialization officer at PBI in Saskatoon. How much more dedicated to the profession can one be?
ArrowCan Partners lost a very good supporter and friend when Jim Cunningham (from the U Sask TTO) decided to retire and keep horses in BC. We wish Jim all the VERY best and wish to thank him for his early and constant support.

If there are changes that you are aware of please send them on to us as you become aware of them. We'd be HAPPY to include them in the next edition.

On the Family Front:

The BIG news we have saved for the end. We will be GRANDPARENTS in June this year!!! So far so good. Stay tuned for the baby pictures next time.


All Hail CECR!

The Centers of Excellence for COMMERCIALIZATION and Research were launched in 2007 with the announcement of the first eleven of these rather richly funded centers in 2008. Their mandate was simple and relatively clear: to help innovation in four strategic areas. Its been a few years now and altogether there have been 22 such centers named (the last five at the recent Innovations 2010 Conference). EACH CECR carries with it a financing of $15M over five years (give or take) and we would assume it was expected by those who designed the program that this would be sufficient time (and MONEY) to show some tangible results. The first crop are past their halfway point so we thought that it would be good to get a "feel" for the relative amount of enthusiasm from our readers about how well the program is working and what if anything can be done from YOUR point of view to improve the program.

Our question is simple: "Has the presence of the CECRs made a difference to you?" and if the answer is yes then "How MUCH of a difference has it made?" We do have some yardsticks to measure success by. For example, if we assume that there are APPROXIMATELY 300 people involved with Tech. Transfer in Canada and that they make about $100K each per year then we can say the total salary expenditure for such activities is ABOUT $30M per year (or the equivalent of two CECRs per year). Now, we all know ( AUTM for example publishes the facts) what is delivered by that amount of expenditure in that area so we can measure the impact of CECRs against that backdrop. Another way to gauge your own "engagement" in the program might be to ask if you know the areas that are considered "strategic" by those handing out the awards, or to ask if you know the areas which the 22 CECRs cover. There are surely other ways but you get what we are driving to find out. How much does it affect YOUR daily lives? If you are a member of the industry side of the equation please give us your insights. We would love to hear how this has helped you.

If you do think that the money was well spent please send us some examples of how it has made a difference to you. One example that I frequently encounter is the great work being done by the Green Center in helping people commercialize their chemistry-related technologies. If you don't think the CECR program has done sufficiently well we would be interested in your (guaranteed ANONYMOUS) views about how the money could have been better spent. Our read is that this program could have benefited the TTOs quite a lot if it had flowed through the TTOs but instead it was funneled through the researchers and as such became part of their general research funding more than anything else.

Your comments would as always, be most welcome.


The "Where is it?" Challenge

We have noticed that TTO offices in Canada are in some VERY beautiful places. We thought that you would like to know where your colleagues work (and have a bit of fun too!). So we have taken some pictures of places and people and provide them here for you to guess at. Click on the word "pictures" above to take a look at them. Answers will be provided in the next issue of the Newsletter (STAY TUNED and/or call up your colleagues and try to figure it out). Here are some clues. If you can guess all eight you are REALLY well informed. If you like this type of thing send us your own photos and a clue and we will put them into the next round if there are enough of them.

Here are the clues (Left to Right, Top to Bottom of the pictures)

1. King's College was founded in 1829. I am told this makes this University in Atlantic Canada the oldest in the country. The TTO office window is the top right one.
2. The lady in this one-person office in Nova Scotia has recently developed a great kit for testing and reporting water quality that COMMUNITIES can use.
3. This beautiful business school was endowed by one single benefactor in memory of the great education that he got at this small Catholic undergrad school. This new building was (re)opened in 2010.
4. Which great TTO had its offices in this lovely building until the end of 2010? There is a word clue in the picture.
5. This young man closed one of the largest deals in 2010 with a French company (Saffran) despite having this GREAT street cafe just around the corner from his office.
6. A hub for Aerospace research, this university in Ontario recently built this great building to house all of the Administration including the TTO. Its claim to fame has always been its great research in the SOCIAL Sciences and Humanities.
7. The TTO in Alberta looks out on this historic trestle bridge. I am told it is one of the longest in the country.
8. Who is this attractive young lady (hint: she helped organize the ACCT meeting in 2009) and what is she doing standing under an inverted boat?

Please let us hear from you. This is a community and we value YOUR input. You can get our coordinates from the web page or write to info@arrowcan.com.