May 1-3, 2023
The Westin Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

*Tentative schedule, program subject to change


Monday, May 1

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Directors’ Forum (additional registration and fee applies)
The 2023 Canadian Region Directors’ Forum will be a half-day working session dedicated to discussing key issues for our community that can be used to raise awareness of critical opportunities and deficits with our own institutional leadership and subsequently with government. Learn more
1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Technology Valuation Course (additional registration and fee applies)
AUTM’s Technology Valuation Course teaches the fundamental principles of how to construct the various financial terms that go into a license. If you have, or will have, responsibility for negotiating licenses, or would like to learn more about the process, the Licensing Valuation Course is ideal. Learn more.

Tuesday, May 2

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:20 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.     AUTM Welcome Address & Presentation of the AUTM Canada Award
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session: The Role of Universities in Clean Tech
As research and development in energy and cleantech accelerates, the need for Universities to play their part also grows. This need is particularly important in Canada. This session brings together some of the key early-stage energy and cleantech innovation stakeholders to discuss the role of Universities in this space and some emerging opportunities for collaboration.
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. KPIs - What Does Success Look Like?
We are always asked to show the impact we make, but choosing correct indicators is challenging. This session will bring together colleges, universities, and research institutes to compare KPIs and how they gather metrics.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Research Security & Risk Assessment Update
Universities are now tasked with assessing partnerships and research agreements for security and risk compliance. Come find out how different schools are tackling this issue and what lessons have been learned.
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
A1: Models of Startup Creation and Resources to Access

Spinout companies are becoming a more common path for university commercialization. This session will discuss the ways to generate viable startups and what resources are available.

A2: Managing Conflicts of Interest
The reality of increased industry collaboration is that conflicts of interest are becoming more commonplace. But if not handled properly, they can create a significant amount of work and may lead to reputational risk. Speakers from different institutions will discuss how they manage this important issue.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Tales of License and Agreement Wins and Lessons Learned
Sometimes a license or agreement didn't work out the way we thought. Other times, it may be far better than expected! Discover the highs and lows of deals past to help you maximize opportunity in the future.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Connecting with colleagues and industry pros has never been easier. Bring business cards!
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Wednesday, May 3

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. How (and Why and to Whom) to Promote Your Office Across Campus and Beyond
Describing the impact of university inventions is often better done through stories. But many schools don't have the resources necessary to communicate what we do and how it brings value. Experts from academia and the professional world will compare their learnings o this important topic.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
B1: Government Programs to Support IP and Tech Transfer

Government plays a significant role in providing the support needed for technology transfer offices to offer valuable services and programs. Find out what different opportunities exist or are on the way.

B2: Sponsored Research Agreements
Universities cannot exist without sponsored research. But what terms are deal-breakers? What terms are not worth fighting over? And do we give too much away to the sponsor? Come and learn from others on how they do it.
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Session Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
C1: Licensing Negotiations (What we can accept, what we can never accept)

All schools want commercial licenses that generate a value for both parties. But this may require saying "no" to a potential licensee who could walk away. Find out from industry veterans where you can relent and where you have to put your foot down.

C2: Gap/seed Funding Programs
Crossing the "valley of death" is a reality for spinoffs from universities. Gap/seed funding programs can provide the necessary bridge for these companies. Hear what is available for your spinoffs and lessons learned.
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. TTO Recruitment and Career Development
Roles in technology transfer and industry partnerships can be a long-term commitment or a springboard to other opportunities. What are the best practices in attracting new recruits, supporting the development of new hires and encouraging industry veterans to grow in their roles? Come participate in a lively session to learn how offices are diversifying the workforce to meet the growing needs of its stakeholders.  
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Canadian AUTM Update and Wrap-up
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Networking Break 


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Bereskin Parr

Bronze Sponsors

Canada Foundation Innovation
Wellspring Bronze - CAN23

Contributing Sponsors