May 11-12, 2021
*Tentative schedule, program subject to change; all times in U.S. Eastern Time zone

Tuesday, May 11

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.     AUTM Welcome Address
Darren Fast, AUTM Canadian Region Committee Member, will welcome attendees to the event and set the stage for the virtual event.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Fireside Chat with Myra Tawfik   
Mike Szarka, University of Waterloo
Myra Tawfik, University of Windsor      

Myra Tawfik is a professor of law and the EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy at the University of Windsor. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She is an expert in IP law, especially copyright, trademarks, confidential information / trade secrets and industrial designs.  Myra will share insights from her research, from her role on Ontario’s Expert Panel on Intellectual Property, and ongoing work on women entrepreneurs.
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.         Networking Break
Want to set up a meeting with a fellow attendee? Be sure to use AUTM Connect to take advantage of this break to get your deals done. 
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Lab2Market Program 
Moderator: France VaillancourtNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 
Speakers: Spencer GiffinDalhousie University and Harry Gandhi, Voyage Labs
Every year, Canada continues to invest in academic research and is recognized as a leader in numerous fields. However, the country keeps struggling to capitalize on those investments and turning the research achievements into commercial successes. The Lab2Market initiative is addressing this gap by supporting researchers in the early stages of development providing resources, training and guidance to test the market. Come hear about the value of talking to customers when developing technologies.
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  Break
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Working with Mitacs: Lessons Learned and Paths Forward 
Moderator: Mark WeberMcGill University 
Mitacs and its programs are an essential part of the university research ecosystem. As Mitacs grows its offerings, there are opportunities to learn from the 20 year history of Mitacs and discuss how we can all work together for mutual benefit. In this moderated discussion, a representative from Mitacs will give an update on what new developments are in the works and provide their feedback on issues pertinent to universities.
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Working in University Research and Commercialization in a Post-COVID World
Moderator: Darren FastUniversity of Manitoba 
Speakers: Ling LoerchnerUniversity of Waterloo; John Wilson, Ph.D., Innovate Calgary and Gisell Marks, MBA, BScN, Laurentian​ University
COVID-19 has caused massive disruption. With every major disruption, there is an opportunity to re-invent.  As we move past the crisis phase into something more stable, what will TTOs look like in the future? Will we continue to work largely remotely? How will we find the right receptors for our technologies? Are there better ways to connect research with industry/societal needs? This session will be an interactive discussion of what might be possible so that we can be ready for the future.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Networking Event

Wednesday, May 12

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. AUTM Canadian Award Presentation & Officer Installation
Led by Darren Fast, join us for the presentation of the AUTM Canadian Award and for the installation of the new officers to the AUTM Canadian Region Committee to kick off Day Two.
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Industry Liaison Offices: A Day in the Life
Keving Dunn 
University leadership expects that Industry Liaison Officers (ILO) are knocking on doors and bringing in new research sponsors. Is that really what they do? How do they add value? What makes a "good" ILO?
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gap Funding: What Tools are Available and How to be Successful
Speaker: Jacob Johnson, InnovoSource
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Networking Break
Want to set up a meeting with a fellow attendee? Be sure to use AUTM Connect to take advantage of this break to get your deals done.
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Managing the Entrepreneurship/Incubator/Technology Transfer Office Interface
Steve De BrabandereUniversity of Guelph 
Paula Mendonca, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Our community is dedicated to bringing new technologies closer to market by supporting the development of academic research. From traditional licensing strategies to start-up creation, there is a wide variety of services being offered. Come lean more about how entrepreneurship is being nurtured in an institutional incubator environment.
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The TandemLaunch Experience
Mark Weber
McGill University 
Helge Seetzen, 
Since its founding in 2010, TandemLaunch has developed a model for technology commercialization through startup construction that has seen an unprecedented rate of success. Through the systematic analysis and reduction of risk for stakeholders at each stage of a venture’s development, TandemLaunch has created over 30 companies around university inventions that have overwhelmingly scaled to significant success with over 1,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of market capitalization. Several dozen universities have seen their inventions proliferate across the world and - through ongoing collaborations with their ventures - have received millions of dollars in research financing. This talk will explore what was learned on the journey to becoming the unorthodox, but undeniably effective, approach to university technology commercialization that TandemLaunch is today.
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break 
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Licensing of Datasets: A Whole New World
Glen Crossley, McMaster University
Anthony de Fezekas, Norton Rose Fullbright

Data Licensing has become one of the hottest areas in technology transfer.  Our expert panel will discuss issues including strategies for monetizing data, data and derivative data ownership, protecting data and datasets, privacy and common pitfalls to avoid when licensing data.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Event
Conflicting Events
Attendees of the Canadian Region Meeting will be required, as a condition of their participation, not to host conflicting events. Private events should not conflict with any of AUTM’s educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Participants should review the meeting program for potential conflicts before scheduling their events.