Stay tuned for more events coming up in 2022!

January 2022 | Innovator Series: IAC : A Year in Review

Friday, Jan 21, 2022, 3 pm ET

Who you’ll hear from:

  • Jim Balsillie, IAC Board Chair
  • Mike Mclean, IAC CEO

Moderated discussion with Lori DeGraw, VP Partnerships & Member Engagement Panelists:

  • Patrick Lauzière, Founder & CEO, of Niosense
  • Lesley Hillier, Chief Global Strategy Officer of Thermtest
  • Shahram Pourazadi, IP and Systems Engineering Manager with Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS)
  • Lally Rementilla, Managing Partner, IP Investments, BDC

This event is open to the public. Register here


After each event, the IAC Education team compiles Key Takeaways to help provide additional insights into the important IP topics explored during our events.

December 2021 | Inaugural Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & IP

December 3, 2021

IAC hosted an inaugural forum focused on the results of our recent study on women entrepreneurs and IP. 

During the forum, study’s authors and IAC team members discussed the study's findings in a panel discussion and participated in a Q&A session. Details of an IAC initiative focused on further supporting women in cleantech, launching in 2022 was also shared with the audience. This is part of IAC’s commitment to inclusion and representation across all areas of IP education.

This study, conducted in partnership with the University of Windsor, was based on interviews with female-identifying entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, and inventors by a research team led by Professor Myra Tawfik and Heather Pratt throughout the summer of 2021.

If you missed the forum, check out the recording below. French subtitles can be found here.

Moderator: Lori DeGraw, VP, Partnership & Membership, IAC


  • Erin Pisko, VP, IP Strategy, IAC
  • Emma Start, Director of Intellectual Property, Taiga Motors
  • Myra Tawfik, Don Rodzik Family Chair in Law and Entrepreneurship at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law
October 2021 | Innovator Series: How to Leverage a Patent Landscape Report for your Business

October 28, 2021

The IAC Education Team thanks all attendees who joined our October Innovator Series.

Erin Pisko, VP of IP Strategy at IAC, Leonora Hoicka, Former General Associate Counsel at IBM, and Arushi Sharma, Senior Patent Analyst at IAC, explored how major industry players can use landscapes for market level success.

September 2021 | Innovator Series: IP Licensing

September 29, 2021

The IAC Education Team thanks all attendees who joined our September Innovator Series.

Kim Chotkowski, VP, Head of Licensing Strategy and Operations at InterDigital, Inc., Kerry Kimes, Senior Business Development Director at Rambus and Mike Mclean, CEO of Innovation Asset Collective discussed the different types of IP licensing agreements available, the advantages of licensing IP as well as the steps involved when licensing your own IP and the IP of others.

June 2021 | Innovator Series: IP Layering: Trade Secrets and Patents

June 24, 2021

The IAC Education Team thanks all attendees who joined our June Innovator Series – IP Layering: Trade Secrets and Patents. 

IAC co-founder Peter Cowan, Principal Consultant at Northworks IP was joined with Mike McLean, VP of Operations and Transactions at IAC and Cynthia Shippam, Industry Technical Advisor with the National Research Council (NRC-IRAP). Conversations centered about these two important types of IP protection and how to contextualize them within your business strategy, the key considerations of layering patents and trade secrets and the overall benefits of a nuanced approach to setting and implementing an IP strategy. Panelists showcased lessons learned from their many years of experience as experts in the field. 

May 2021 | Innovator Series: Trademarks & Branding Strategy

May 27, 2021

The IAC Education Team thanks all attendees who joined our May Innovator Series – Trademarks and Branding Strategy.

This session focused specifically on trademarks as a form of IP and explored the alignment of a company's branding and marketing objectives with its national and international trademark strategies.

IAC Education Executive Advisor and Distinguished Law Professor Myra Tawfik was joined by expert panelists Nicole Anderson (Strategic Initiatives, ENWIN Utilities and Energy) and Jason Hynes (Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP) who provided their insight and learnings from their collective legal and business experiences, both in Canada and abroad.

The discussion topics included the basics of developing a branding and marketing strategy for a business and where trademarks fit into a marketing and branding strategy. Participants learned how to identify the practical steps and costs of securing trademark rights in global markets, how licensing and other strategies enhance the value of your trademark and your brand and ways to integrate legal and business best practices in developing your trademark, branding and marketing strategy.

In case you missed it or would like to reflect on the discussions, here at the key takeaways:

Download the French version here.

April 2021 | Innovator Series: Data Fundamentals for Business

April 22, 2021

It was a very informative and engaging discussion with exciting panelists in the third installment of the Innovator Series webinars, Data Fundamentals for Business.

The webinar explored the value of data as a business asset, managing risk and leveraging opportunity.

In case you missed it or would like to reflect on the discussion, you can access the Key Takeaways.

FRENCH - Download the French Key Takeaways here. 

April 2021 | Impact of federally created software and data assets in an intangible economy

April 26, 2021 - #WorldIPDay

As part of our campaign for World IP Day, IAC partnered with Natural Resources Canada to bring together a dynamic panel to explore a complex topic: data.

Download the Key Takeaways below. The recording from the session will be available soon.



March 2021 | Innovator Series: Looking for Investors?

March 25, 2021

Thank you for attending the Innovator Series webinar Looking for Investors? The Importance of an IP Strategy in Raising Capital. In case you missed it or would like to reflect on the discussion, you can access Key Takeaways from the event that highlight common themes and advice from the panel of experts.

Download the Key Takeaways below.

February 2021 | Innovator Series: Advanced IP Strategy: “Going Global”

February 11, 2021

The IAC Education Team would like to thank all who joined us for our first webinar in the Innovator Series - Going Global with Your IP. 

Going Global explored key aspects of IP strategies for companies entering different global markets. The discussion included presentations from Peter Cowan and Jim Hinton, co-founders of IAC, and featured a fireside chat with our guest speaker Dr. Anne Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis, a leader in supply chain planning software based in Ottawa.

Discussion topics our speakers covered included licensing practices and regimes, best practices for prosecution and enforcement, managing a global IP portfolio and strategy, trademark and branding strategies, multi-jurisdictional patent filings and considerations that are factored into a global IP strategy from a company’s perspective.

Download the Key Takeaways below.

January 2021 | Member Meet & Greet

January 21, 2021

Join fellow IAC members and the IAC team on January 21, 2021 for the first installment of our monthly networking series. This event invites members to connect and get acquainted with the services IAC will be rolling out and how IAC will help you develop, protect, and bolster your company’s IP. The event will close with a special guest speaker sharing some lessons learned, and an open networking opportunity to continue the conversation with other members.

December 2020 | IAC Launch: Panel Discussion

December 9, 2020 

On Wednesday, December 9th, we launched Innovation Asset Collective with an inspiring panel discussion and a special address by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry.