IAC’s second round of the IP Grant Program opened Monday and we are accepting submissions until May 14th at 6 pm (PST).

Eligibility: Must be a current IAC member

If you are not yet a member, but would like to better understand the benefits of an IAC membership, including learning more about the funding opportunities such as the IP Grant Program, please connect with our Business Development team.


INNOVATOR SERIES: Trademarks and Branding Strategies

May 27 2021 at 3 PM (EDT)

This session will focus specifically on trademarks as a form of IP. It will explore the alignment of a company’s branding and marketing objectives with its national and international trademark strategies.

Panelists will include Nicole Anderson, who is currently the Director of Women Entrepreneurship Strategy at the Windsor-Essex Development Corporation and Jason Hynes, partner with Bereskin & Barr LLP and an expert in IP law, including in the areas of patents and trademarks.


June 24 2021 at 3 PM (EDT)

This Innovator Series webinar on IP Layering will introduce learners to the various applications of how different forms of IP can be used cooperatively to enhance protection. IAC will lead an engaging strategy discussion that focuses specifically on patents and trade secrets, to capture the business and legal perspectives of a complex and important topic.


Join IAC at the IP International Forum – Quebec 2021 Conference.

Date: Thursday May 13, 2021, from 1:20 – 2:30 PM

IAC is participating in two sessions:

Part 1B: FORPIQ Workshop “Connecting Intelligence”

Innovative Collaboration Dynamics: Impact and Opportunities for data and IP-driven innovations

Part 2B: Join the live discussion with IAC Co-founders, Peter Cowan and Jim Hinton, featuring Canadian cleantech companies Origen Air and Agrimatics


In IAC’s February Innovator Series, Going Global, explored key IP insights for expanding to different global markets including international licensing practices and regimes, best practices for prosecution and enforcement, managing a global IP portfolio and strategy, trademark and branding strategies, and multi-jurisdictional patent filings and considerations. It is clear that the Federal Government and Canadian SMEs alike are eager to take their innovations to a global scale – IAC is there to show them how.

Newly Launched Carrot Ventures Closes $15 Million Fund to Help Seed Canadian Agtech Startups

Carrot Ventures is a brand new Canadian AgTech creation firm charged with building up the AgTech sector from scratch from finding a CEO, form the company and leading the first round of investments. The goal is to allow AgTech IP holders opportunities to commercialize and to showcase new AgTech SMEs in which to invest.

Hill Pass: Climate accountability and #Budget2021

The House of Commons, International Trade committee has began a study on May 3rd exploring Canada’s export of clean tech goods and services with a goal of determining the impact of Canadian clean tech on international markets and how government agencies can assist SMEs in scaling up to a global scale as Canada seeks to meet it’s international climate change obligations. You can follow along with the committee’s work here:

Alberta’s Innovation Minister Wants Province to be a “Dominant Player” in Canadian Tech

IAC is proud to be a pan-Canadian IP collective to support cleantech SMEs in the Province’s drive to bolster their tech and innovation ecosystems.

“Intellectual property is among the most important assets in the knowledge-based economy, and fostering strong linkages between our world-class research institutions and innovative companies is important for ensuring that ideas and technologies developed in Alberta turn into intellectual property that benefits the Alberta economy,” commented Bronte Valk, practice lead for Alberta at the Council of Canadian Innovators.”