Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Researchers

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 09:00to17:00
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building Room A-832, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA

A workshop presented in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM), McGill Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGINE), and Healthy Brains Healthy Lives (HBHL).


Registration is required—use this registration form to secure your place.


What is the path from scientific findings to commercialization? What resources are available for researchers on this path? Where does business funding come from? How is IP ownership handled? What does a researcher need to know before becoming an entrepreneur?

This one-day event is co-organised by HBHL, CIRMMTCRBLM and McGill ENGINE. Speakers will include representatives of acceleration hubs and experts from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Montreal.


  • 09:00-10:00:  Idea generation
    • Yannick Roy (NeuroTechX)
  • 10:00-10:30: Entrepreneur stories
    • Christian Dansereau (Perceive AI)
    • Colin Gallacher (Haply Robotics)
  • 10:30-10:45: Break
  • 10:45-12:00: IP management, knowledge mobilization and protection
    • Francesco Tordini (McGill I+P)
    • Dylan Wade Roskams-Edris (The Neuro)
    • April Colosimo (Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering)
  • 12:00-13:15: Networking Lunch (lunch will be provided, registration is required)
  • 13:15-13:45: Entrepreneur stories​​​​​​​
    • Margaret Magdesian (Ananda Devices)
    • Thomas Szkopek & Robert-Eric Gaskell (Ora Sound)
  • 13:45-14:45: Early funding opportunities
    • McGill HBHL
    • McGill ENGINE
    • McGill I+P
    • Aligo
    • Mitacs
  • 14:45-15:00: Break
  • 15:00-16:00: Scaling up
    • Jean-Nicolas Delage (FASKEN)
    • Noor El Bawab (Zù)
    • Kendra Davey (CDL)
    • Jihane El Atifi (McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship)
  • 16:00-17:00: Networking
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