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Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. As part of the Office of the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, we work closely with the Research Service Office to help bridge the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact. From ideation to commercialization, Innovate Calgary has successfully supported the innovation-driven research community for over 30 years.

Our knowledge transfer and commercialization services include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual Property Management

  • Licensing or Company Formation

  • Technology/Innovation Marketing

  • Supporting Research Partnerships

  • Accelerator Programs



University of Calgary

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a publicly funded university offering more than 250 academic programs and housing more than 50 research institutes and centres. As one of Canada's top comprehensive research universities, UCalgary prepares its 30,000+ students for success in life through a high-quality educational experience made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. The creation and transfer of knowledge at UCalgary contributes every day to Canada's global competitive advantage and addresses society's most persistent challenges. The university has a clear strategic direction to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities; where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand and where it fully engages the communities it serves and leads.


  • Innovate Calgary Board of Directors

    • Linda Dalgetty, Interim Board Chair
      Vice President (Finance & Services), University of Calgary

    • André Buret
      Interim Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary

    • Robert Thompson
      Associate Vice-President (Research) and Director of Research Services, University of Calgary

  • Global Access to Medicines Principals

    Global Access to Medicines Principles*

    Technologies commercialized through Innovate Calgary have the potential to advance health, protect the environment, and promote sustainability.

    In order to maximize impact, Innovate Calgary will endeavour to adhere to the following Global Access Principles:

    • To enhance the economic and societal impact of medical innovations from the University of Calgary;

    • To extend these impacts to broader global settings; and

    • To ensure fair access to these technologies for relevant communities.

    With these Global Access Principles in mind, we have identified seven strategies that will enable Innovate Calgary to adhere to this vision:

    Innovate Calgary will:

    1. Endeavour to ensure that low and middle-income countries (LMICs) have access to Innovate Calgary medical research innovations through negotiated global access terms wherever appropriate.
    2. Support access to medicines and 'health-related technologies for all' as a primary purpose of technology transfer of health-related innovation.
    3. Use commercialization models that help preserve future research and innovation.
    4. Use the Medicines Patent Pool, and similar initiatives with a public commitment to access, where appropriate.
    5. Facilitate future innovation by patenting only when necessary to promote commercialization, utilizing non-exclusive licensing, creating streamlined processes for materials transfer and reserving broad rights to use licensed technology in future research.
    6. Promote field-of-use and jurisdictional limitations in exclusive licences to improve access for those in LMICs.
    7. Support public/private partnerships to develop new technologies to benefit the resource-poor populations, including those in LMICs.

    *These principles were adapted from Universities Allied For Essential Medicines' Global Access Licensing Framework

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  • Careers

    Career Opportunities

    Innovate Calgary operates as the technology transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary. 

    Available positions:

    Director, Economic Development
    Life Sciences Innovation Hub



    Director, Technology Transfer
    Innovate Calgary



    Mentorship & Executive Opportunities
    Interested in supporting university-based startup or commercialization activities? 

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    Volunteer Opportunities - Be a Mentor

    Venture Mentoring Services of Alberta: Licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Venture Mentoring Service, this program was created to provide world-class mentoring to entrepreneurs throughout Alberta. 

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