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Innovate to Scale: Leverage your IAC membership with our IP experts


November 21, 2023


Atlantic Canada


Join IAC, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and co-hosts Springboard Atlantic and Invest Nova Scotia, for a one-day session tailored specifically to members like you.  

Your company’s IP allows you to differentiate yourself from competitors in a way that is hard to imitate.  

This event is designed to give you a deeper understanding of how to fully leverage your IAC membership, access invaluable insights from our IP experts, and explore funding avenues. Your presence at this event will not only strengthen your innovation strategies but also reinforce your position as a vital member of the IAC community. 

You will also have an exclusive opportunity to sit down with IAC CEO, Mike McLean and the other members of our senior leadership in attendance ahead of the official event to chat about and workshop any challenges you’re having at your organization. 

Date: November 21, 2023 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Location: COVE - 27 Parker St, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y4T5 

What to Expect 

Access IAC’s IP Experts: One of the most valuable aspects of your IAC membership is the unparalleled access to our world-leading IP experts. This event will provide you with an exclusive platform to engage with them, receive personalized guidance, and leverage their expertise to enhance your IP strategy. 

Maximizing Your Membership: Learn how to make the most of all the resources and benefits your IAC membership offers. Discover how to use our resources to champion your IP. Our framework combines funding, expertise, and tools to align your IP strategies with your goals. 

Exclusive Networking Opportunities: Get access to a powerful network of local and national IP experts and clean tech industry leaders. 

Discover Funding Opportunities: Uncover potential sources of funding to further support your innovation projects. Gain insights into BDC’s IP-backed financing solutions, designed to recognize and harness the value of your IP assets. 


11:00 AM 

Introduction from IAC CEO, Mike McLean 

  • IAC CEO, Mike McLean sets the tone for the day. 

BDC Climate Tech and IP-Backed Funding Opportunities

  • Learn about BDC’s Climate Tech Venture Capital Fund and IP-backed financing, a solution that recognizes the value of your IP strategy to raise capital to support commercialization and expansion.   
11:30 AM 

Leveraging IP to Compete with IAC 

  • Mike McLean talks about how clean tech companies can leverage their IP to source capital and scale their businesses.
12:00 PM 

Networking Lunch 

  • Invest Nova Scotia talks about local resources and initiatives to support companies with their innovations. This will be followed by lunch and networking opportunities.
1:00 PM 

How companies in Atlantic Canada use their IP for business advantages – Panel 

2:00 PM 

Building an IP Strategy to scale – Workshop 

  • IAC IP experts in conjunction with Springboard Atlantic will guide companies through the importance of creating a holistic IP strategy.
3:00 PM 

Network with peers and IP experts 

Driving strategic growth: The IP experts at IAC 

IAC is a member-based not-for-profit funded by the federal government’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) department to improve the ability of Canadian companies to leverage their Intellectual Property (IP) to scale their businesses. IAC was launched as part of the Government of Canada’s Federal IP Strategy to increase Canadian companies’ intellectual property. 

IAC empowers small and medium-sized businesses to develop IP strategies that create global business advantages. Through access to the Patent Portfolio, IP intelligence reports, funding, and education, IAC helps clean tech companies establish IP ownership and bridge the gap between their current R&D and future commercial success. 

In September, IAM recognized four IAC experts on their IAM 300 World’s Leading IP Strategist list. The IAM Strategy 300 recognizes top experts in the IP world, including those in in-house, private practice, and service provider roles. Being listed in the 300 is a testament to their strategic approach to IP, as acknowledged by peers.