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Intellectual Property Manager

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Protein Industries Canada (PIC), is one of Canada’s supercluster initiatives, representing Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  The mandate of the industry-led protein supercluster is to unleash the potential of Canadian crops and accelerate the innovation of plant protein products and co-products. The goal is to create stronger connections between large firms, small and medium sized enterprises, start-ups, post-secondary research institutions and government partners to open the door to new forms of industry collaboration. 

We are currently building our executive team with experienced professionals who are passionate about realizing Canada’s opportunity to be a leading source of high-quality plant protein. 

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the Intellectual Property (IP) Manager will work with our industry partners to implement the Protein Industries Canada (PIC), IP Strategy. You will use your background and experience in IP to help members understand the value of IP and create opportunity to leverage IP across the agriculture and food processing sector to accelerate innovation of plant-protein and protein co-products across the Prairies.  

This position can be located anywhere in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

What You Will Do: 

  • Help PIC members better understand IP with a focus on awareness, education and advice to create a better understanding of how IP can help companies be competitive.
  • Assist consortia to develop their IP rationale, anticipate the foreground IP that will be developed and help identify Supercluster members that may benefit from a formal licencing of the foreground IP. 
  • Evaluate and provide advice to PIC Senior Management and the Independent Project Selection Committee regarding the IP plans in project applications.
  • Develop and maintain a Registry of PIC-funded IP.
  • Consider, evaluate and develop additional tools, programs and services to increase IP literacy among Protein Industries Canada members.
  • Recommend best practices and tools to improve IP protection in agriculture and value-added processing.

What You Will Bring:

  • A degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Business Administration or equivalent field.
  • Five to 10 years of industry experience in a related field; a mix of education and experience will be considered.
  • An understanding of the appropriate legislation and regulations affecting IP and data management in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • The ability to build collaborative relationships to gain support for ideas, proposals and projects, and to help advance the objectives of PIC and the ecosystem.
  • The ability to communicate and share complex information to varying audiences.
  • The ability to support a culture of innovation and cooperation within the ecosystem.

 This is a permanent, full-time position.  PIC offers a competitive benefits package, with an expected salary range: $100,000-$120,000/year

Posted: April 12, 2019
Closes: April 29, 2019