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We are always going to be centered on PEOPLE and not primarily on technologies. 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).


Family News
Who's Gone Where

Are we ready to evolve to a community of Tech Transfer Professionals in Canada?
Community versus Organization

Message from our man at AUTM
Update from Ken Porter


Family News

We are doubly blessed Oliver Kenji Singh Gill was born at 6:00am on November 20. We are thrilled to welcome him into our family. Everyone is doing great.

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Who's Gone Where

Over the last six months we have become aware of the following changes in the technology transfer scene in Canada. There have been several changes across the country. If you know of other personnel changes please contact us at info@arrowcan.com and we will include them in the next newsletter. Our aim is to increase awareness and connectivity within our Canadian TTO community. Thank you.

Michael Long is the new Director of Applied Research and Innovation, Lethbridge College, Lethbridge AB.
Morgan Guo has left the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge AB to pursue other interests.
Raja Singh has left Innovate Calgary and is Director, Alberta Epigenomics Network, Calgary AB.
Jagvir Singh is an Agreements Administrator, Partnership and Institutional Projects, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB.
Johannes Dyring is the new Managing Director, Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK.
Royal Hinther is the Managing Director, Cornerstone G5 Group Inc, Saskatoon SK.
Paul Wiebe has left the National Research Council of Canada to be Regional Director, Research Administration, Health Sciences Centre/Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg MB.
Heather Pratt Executive Director, Research and Innovation, University of Windsor is on secondment as the Director, Project Delivery, Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, Windsor ON.
Justin Gammage is the new Industry Liaison Manager, Partnerships, Intellectual Property and Contracts, UOIT, Oshawa ON.
Sophie Theriault-Maillet has left the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Moncton NB to pursue other interests.
Kelly Ashfield is the Executive Director, Office of Research Services Administration, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB.
Hart Devitt is the Manager of Research Partnerships, Office of Research Services, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB.
Greg Hood is the CEO, Genesis Group Inc., Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's NL.
Michelle Simms is the Vice President of Programs and Operations, Genesis Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's NL.
Angelo Casanas is Manager Start-Ups and Partnerships, Genesis Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's NL.
Brian Terry has left the Genesis Group Inc., Memorial University of Newfoundland and is President and CEO, Agile Sensor Technologies, St John's NL.

Please look for the next newsletter in six months with the changes that have occurred in the meantime.

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Star Trek fans who have watched the series from the beginning will have noticed the subtle changes that have occurred under the able leadership of each of the captains in succession. From the old-fashioned model of the leader (authoritarian, decisive, sole decision maker etc) through the intermediate consensus builder (listen to everyone, then make a decision) to the newest method of team building and leadership ( moderator and spokes person of the team's plans, dreams and goals).

The same transitions are occurring in groups and the early adopters of these changes in society such as Google are benefiting greatly from it. Eric von Hipple (Professor of Technological Innovation, Sloan School of Business, MIT) in his classic 2005 book Democratizing Innovation (an absolute must read for all who are involved in this change) clearly sets out the paradigm of communities of workers who achieve a goal versus organizations. The whole change has played itself out in such examples as LINUX versus Windows, Office versus Libre Office, Firefox versus Internet Explorer and many other cases. It affects our everyday life in changes such as Uber, AirB2B , Wikipedia etc. and the trend shows every sign of growing rather than receding. We have become a society known for its unprecedented sharing. Make no mistake, sharing does not mean no profits or no competition. The only change is that we as a society have realized that we no longer need to compete on absolutely everything with our so-called competitors but that we in fact get even farther, even faster if we collaborate on what we have begun to call “the per-competitive phases”. Even the old bulwark of secretive competition – the pharmaceuticals companies - have realized that there is an advantage to per-competitive collaboration and have engaged ever-increasingly in that practice. In the 1980s I started using a term “Collabatition” to describe this. It has taken root in our social norms today.

So it was in this spirit that we have attempted to start a COMMUNITY in the Canadian Technology Transfer space made up of those seriously interested in three principles:

Take charge of your own future as a community. Don't wait for Government leadership.
Be independent of your employment status at the moment and achieve standing in this community by what you do for this community on a voluntary basis (One man one vote. No representation of any office or organization)
Seek to improve the achievements of the whole community through sharing and (through raising the level of achievements and therefore the level of respect from society at large) benefit individually from the collective improvements in the community as a whole.

Every community needs a forum where exchanges can take place and a regular opportunity for interactions. This year we have launched a LinkedIn group called Canadian Technology Transfer Professionals (it is not a listed group so if you are interested in joining please send us an e-mail at adi.t@arrowcan.com and if you qualify we will make sure that you are put on). Based on the assumption that there are about three to four hundred such folks in Canada we can be justifiably proud that there are over 100 people on this site at this time and the numbers are growing. We meet once a month via a teleconference and slowly the dialogue is growing as people from the diverse regions of Canada begin to get to really know one another.

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of this group. Leadership is determined by passion. Ideas for improving the community either live or die based on the response from the community at large to put their shoulder to the wheel and get something done on a given suggestion. It will be a slow start – no question. People have to get to know one another before they can really trust one another. This has been the lesson in all such communities. But once it takes hold I am confident that it will be something we can all be proud of. I for one feel honored and privileged to have been involved in the early days of what will surely be a historic change in Canada.

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What follows is an abridged version of an e-mail that Ken sent out to his own mailing list. If you are not yet on his list and want to be please send him an e-mail at kporter@innovatecalgary.com. He needs our support. If you are a member of AUTM consider voting for Ken in the upcoming elections.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! It is safe to say that 2015 was transformational for our AUTM Canadian technology transfer community, and the momentum is continuing to build in 2016.

The 2015 AUTM Western Regional Meeting (WRM) was held in Calgary and achieved a record of 180 attendees. Because of the notable success of the WRM, AUTM President Fred Reinhart invited me to attend an Office of the President conference call. In that call, I recounted our conclusions from the September meetings and suggested how we could best leverage AUTM resources. Fred's response was, Make a Proposal.

Over October and November, a group of about three dozen of us developed a plan that is consistent with the new AUTM Strategic Plan and supports Canadian technology management professionals.

Among the proposals are: at the AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, to (1) expand the scope of the Canadian Luncheon, and (2) host panel discussions specific to Canadian professionals. I am happy to report that we have accomplished the planning for both objectives.

Noteworthy for the panels is the opportunity for everyone to participate — whether at the meeting or not — in a survey that will guide the discussion.

Kenneth W. Porter, Ph.D., MBA, RTTP
AUTM AVP for Canada

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