Canadian innovation has long been at the forefront of important global initiatives.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, April 26, 2020

Intellectual Property (IP) is at the heart of Canada’s innovation economy and its future viability.

Canadian entrepreneurs rise to the challenge of global problems each and every day. For these SMEs, IP and data represent their most enduring assets, yet because of a lack of understanding around its importance, many aren’t making intentional resource allocation decisions around IP, which can impact their long-term growth and ability to scale.

IAC, Canada’s first patent collective program, is focused on fixing this. With the support of the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and a $30 million federal contribution, IAC is solely committed to Canadian innovation.

Equipped with a strong mandate to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in data-driven cleantech to better leverage IP in their drive to grow and scale, IAC will put Canadian innovation first. Canadian entrepreneurs will have a collective they can rely on to provide expertise advice and access the resources needed to grow, scale globally and reap the profits of their innovation.

Our Leadership Team

Charis Wormald
Chris Wormald

IAC co-founder Veramito

Chris Wormald has over 15 years of experience as a technology leader generating and managing Intellectual Property (IP). Chris is the founder of Veramito Inc., a private company that invests in promising technology companies in Waterloo region. He currently mentors over a dozen entrepreneurs and C-level executives on strategies that helps them scale up globally […]

Jim Hinton
Jim Hinton

IAC co-founder Own Innovation

James Hinton is the founder of Own Innovation and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies. In addition to being an IP lawyer, he is both a patent and trademark agent before the Canadian IP Office and works directly for Canadian companies with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a fellow at […]

Peter Cowan

IAC co-founder Northworks IP

Peter Cowan is the founder and Principal Consultant at Northworks IP, an IP Strategy Advisory firm that was founded to help companies maximize value of their IP assets through a business focused approach to IP. Peter Cowan has 20 years of experience in IP strategy, and for the past 7 years has worked as a […]


Our Board of Directors

The success of IAC is a collective effort of amazing partners and supporters who have worked alongside the IAC founders and team from the very early stages of IAC’s inception. It is with this support that IAC has been able to swiftly adapt and deliver targeted IP expertise and support to Canadian SMEs in the data-driven cleantech industry.

It is our pleasure to introduce IAC’s Board of Directors and welcome new members who further diversify and integrate valuable expertise and perspective to help drive IAC forward.

      • Jim Balsillie, Chair
      • Daniela Bassan
      • Peter Cowan
      • Neil Desai
      • Maggie Fox
      • Kiriakoula Hatzikiriakos
      • Leah Lawrence
      • Ruth McHugh
      • Lally Rementilla
      • Jim Hinton (observer)
      • Chris Wormald (observer)
      • Jennifer Miller (ISED representative and observer)