Intellectual Property Advisors

Intellectual property (IP) advisors act as a source of information about IP for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, intermediaries in the innovation system, post-secondary institutions, and government stakeholders.

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IP advisors help SMEs and entrepreneurs understand the strategic value of their IP, and can provide information and guidance as they develop an IP strategy for their business.

Select your regional IP advisor below to obtain his or her contact information, and book a face-to-face meeting.

Pacific and Yukon Region, Ryan Shaughnessy Ryan Shaughnessy

Ryan Shaughnessy is an electrical engineering graduate from Carleton University and has also completed a law degree from Queen's University. He has worked for boutique IP law firms, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the nuclear sector.

ryan.shaughnessy@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Prairie and Northern Region, Marnie Fyten Marnie Fyten

Marnie Fyten has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration. She has done internships in technology transfer and marketing with the University of Saskatchewan and with Sony in Japan. Marnie has worked with several federal, provincial and territorial organizations, in policy development and program delivery across the Prairie and Northern Region and in Ottawa.

marnie.fyten@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
9700 Jasper Avenue North West
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3

Ontario Region, Dumitru Olariu Dumitru Olariu

Dumitru Olariu has a Master of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He has worked with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) as a patent examiner, then as an IP advisor based first in Montreal, then in Vancouver and now in Toronto. Before joining CIPO, he worked for six years in the electronics industry.

dumitru.olariu@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
151 Yonge Street, 4th floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2W7

Waterloo Region, Alexis Black Alexis Black

Alexis Black is an arts graduate from Western University. Alexis has worked for two national law firms managing technology and IP law marketing and business development portfolios. Alexis has also managed sponsorships and business partnerships for the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

alexis.black@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
139 Northfield Drive West
Waterloo, ON N2L 5A6

National Capital Region, Caroline Lefebvre Caroline Lefebvre

Caroline Lefebvre is a political science graduate from the University of Ottawa and has worked in various sectors of the federal government. Her experience led her to promote, among other issues, Canadian expertise in sustainable development in emerging countries, foreign investments in Canada and the importance of the quality of web content.

Throughout her career, she has developed strong expertise in project and event management, building strategic partnerships, marketing, and providing training.

caroline.lefebvre@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Place du Portage, Phase I
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, QC K1A 0C9

Quebec Region, Xavier Genest Xavier Genest

Xavier Genest graduated from the School of Management of the Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM) with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialty in finance, and has worked at Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions delivering innovation programs.

xavier.genest2@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Sun Life Building
1155 Metcalfe Street
Montreal, QC H3B 2V6

Atlantic Region, Catherine Vardy

catherine.vardy@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
1344 Summer Street, suite 114
Halifax, NS B3H 0A8

Book a free IP guest speaker

The IP Bank of Speakers is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). CIPO and IPIC deliver three free IP presentations annually to public and private organizations across Canada.

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