This summer was a busy time at the Innovation Support Services office, which included one promotion and two departures.
After 15 hardworking years at the University of Ottawa, Joanne Lauzon, the Assistant Director, Collaborative Research at Innovation Support Services (ISS) retired in July. Joanne joined the University of Ottawa in 2002 and was appointed as the Assistant Director in 2006. All who worked with Joanne appreciated her professionalism, her personality, and her productivity, and we wish her well in retirement. She will be missed.
In July, Brian Julien was appointed as the new Assistant Director, Collaborative Research, effectively taking over Joanne’s responsibilities. With a Telfer MBA and work experience in Clinical Research organizations, Brian joined the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office as a CIHR Commercialisation Management Fellow and served in technology transfer and business development for a decade. In that capacity, he has worked with many researchers and inventors from across the University and at several affiliated research institutions. In 2016, he joined the Collaborative Research team in the new position of Industry Contract Development Officer. Please welcome Brian into his new position. He is available to address any concerns or questions you may have and we encourage you to connect with him.
Nolan Beanlands joined the team in 2014 and supported both technology transfer and student entrepreneurship. He has helped to support four cohorts of the Startup Garage program as part of the OCE-Campus Linked Accelerator program. Nolan became the Startup Garage coordinator in 2016, and following the conclusion of the 2017 Startup Garage cohort, Nolan became the Executive Director of the Capital Angel Network, the most active angel investment group in Eastern Ontario. We are pleased that Nolan will remain part of the Ottawa start-up eco-system and will be available to mentor and advise future Startup Garage teams.