IAC has deep IP expertise that is paired with dynamic specialties that deliver integrated and impactful programs for IAC members.

Arushi Sharma
Senior Patent Analyst

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Arushi has joined the IAC team to lead the development of IAC’s IP Intelligence Database, which includes building datasets related to data-driven cleantech market sectors and technologies. Additionally, Arushi will perform patent landscape analysis, portfolio and patent reviews, and build reports.

Background: With over a decade of experience in innovation management, Arushi has worked for leading India-based IP consulting firms. Arushi is a doctoral student working to develop a deeper understanding of how AI is transforming the modern, knowledge-based economies.

Fun fact: Arushi loves to play bricks (Lego and Kinex) with her 8 year old son. She also finds herself, in the spare time that she has, to tinker with text analytics approaches on patent data sets for organization and classification.


Brenda Woods
Senior Program Manager

Time Zone: EST


Focus:  Brenda supports IAC’s strategic direction by overseeing the administrative management, budgeting, and implementation of the program’s core activities.

Background:  Brenda has over 30 years experience in program management and finance primarily in the Venture Capital and Not-For-Profit sectors.

Fun fact:  Always on the lookout for adventure, Brenda enjoys taking the path less travelled.  When not travelling abroad she enjoys spending time with family and friends, mucking about in the kitchen whipping up international cuisine, and cheering on her beloved Maple Leafs.


Jim Kosolowski
Program Director, FTO

Time Zone: PST


Focus: While Véronique is on maternity leave, Jim is focusing on IACs IP services, deliver a FTO patent purchase and licensing program that will maximize value for Canadian cleantech SMEs. Jim is working with the team of patent professionals to analyze and source IP and contribute to patent intelligence work.

Background: Jim joins IAC with decades of progressive technical and leadership experience.

Fun fact: Jim is looking forward to getting back to the mountains to ski.


Julia Culpeper
Program Manager, Education Strategy

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Julia is working with an incredible team of educators to develop and implement a comprehensive and in-depth IP Strategy curriculum for IAC Members using a variety of approaches and delivery methods.

Background: A decade of experience in arts administration and project management has led Julia through a number of industries, including theatre, hospitality, and higher education. She specialises in distilling big ideas into action, and being over-organised.

Fun fact: Julia is an avid reader, soccer player, and pianist, and loves painting, cooking (eating), and being outdoors – hiking, birding, and backcountry camping with friends and family.


Lori DeGraw
VP Partnerships and Member Engagement

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Demonstrating the value of IAC for Canadian SMEs in the data driven cleantech sector and other interested strategic partners to create success for all.

Background: Lori is an experienced Executive and Board Director dedicated to supporting Canadian success stories. She has worked as part of executive management teams responsible for business growth, partnerships, technology innovation, and sector development.

Fun fact: Lori is a songwriter and musician and has played in bands and as a soloist throughout North America and Europe, in clubs like the iconic El Mocambo and Call the Office, and on college radio.


Melissa Bouffard
Relationship Manager

Time Zone: PST


Focus: Melissa is the point of contact for all IAC members. In this role, Melissa will support and engage with members, to understand their needs and challenges they are facing.

Background: Melissa’s experience in customer service and account management will be applied to ensure members extract the full relevant benefits from IAC.

Fun fact: After entering for tickets to Saturday Night Live for many years, Melissa finally won in January 2020 and got to see a show live from New York!


Michelle Jamieson
Marketing, Communications and
Engagement Consultant

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Michelle is working with the cross-section of experts at IAC to highlight the Collectives unique position within the Canadian innovation space to assist cleantech SMEs with IP as the driving economic force.

Background: With international experience across a number of industries from hospitality and tourism to healthcare, retail and fashion to agriculture and technology, Michelle brings a unique perspective on how to connect people.

Fun fact: Michelle has an affinity for design, specifically the aesthetics and practical elements of VW Vans, which is heightened by the laid-back lifestyle branded by the vehicle, and then also for the aerodynamic and streamlined design of dachshunds, which is paired with their stubborn but charming character.


Mike McLean
VP IP Operations & Transactions

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Mike will be a part of the senior leadership team overseeing IP Generation, IP Intelligence and Freedom to Operate.

Background: With more than two decades of experience in the tech industry, Mike brings a wealth of IP related knowledge to lead the IP Operations team.

Fun fact: Mike enjoys sports and coaches youth basketball and baseball.


Órnat Maynes
Education Program Coordinator

Time Zone: PST


Focus: Órnat is the first point of contact for any new education inquiries from members and partners alike. She will focus her efforts on supporting the Education team with programming, logistics and research. She will help build and implement rich and rewards programs for you, our members.

Background: Órnat has 6 years experience in education in both Ireland and Canada. She is currently studying Learning and Development, examining how to improve group and individual performance by increasing and honing skills and knowledge.

Fun fact: Órnat plays traditional Irish music on the flute and during pre-COIVD times, played in a band on the weekends.


Parteek Saxena
Junior Patent Analyst

Time Zone: EST


Focus: As a Jr. Patent Analyst, Parteek will support the delivery of IAC’s IP services, including IP Intelligence and FTO products.

Background: Parteek has a rich background with many years of experience in IP as a patent analysis and project coordinator.

Fun fact: Having only moved to Canada last summer (2020), Parteek is finding the winter refreshing and has been taking walking to embrace the weather. Although Parteek likes to read, recently he has explored other activities like bungee jumping, river rafting and more.


Ron Oliver
IP Acquisitions

Time Zone: EST


Focus:  Working as part of the Freedom to Operate team, I help with identification of key markets and technical areas to acquire patents and freedom to operate licenses.

Background: 20 years in the high-tech sector, with 16 of those in the intellectual property space.  I’ve negotiated patent licensing agreements as Director of Licensing at WiLAN Technologies, managed University research partnerships for Huawei Canada, and most recently managed multiple aspects of a government funded clean-tech demonstration project.

Fun Fact: “Before I decided to fully embrace the aerodynamic advantages provided by a shaved head, I was often told that I looked like Ray Donovan…”


Véronique Pagé
Program Director

Time Zone: EST


Focus: Contribute to IACs IP services, including the IP Intelligence and the FTO (Freedom-to-Operate) product streams.  This involves delivering a patent purchase and licensing program that will maximize value for our members, Canadian SMEs in the Clean-Tech space.

Background: Veronique graduated from McGill University with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. She is a Registered Canadian Patent Agent with 15 years of experience in a variety of IP-related roles: from patent agency work to patent licensing and acquisition for a non-practicing entity. She brings a unique perspective on patent portfolio development and monetization.

Fun fact:  On her free time, Veronique enjoys swimming, painting and playing piano. Her art is somewhat influenced by her many travels; with a predilection for Gaudi’s architecture.