Academic-Industry Relations WaveGuide Seminar

Building bridges to unlock the commercialization capability of the academic sector!

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)
Location: 1035 West Pender St, Lobby Level, Oceanic Plaza, Vancouver
Cost: Free! Pre-registration is required.

The academic sector is a key driver of innovation in the Canadian technology sector. The researchers, facilities, students and capabilities of academia are an important asset for Canadian wireless companies.

Did you know there are various programs available that help to create bridges between industry and academia, connecting the right stakeholders and providing support for collaborative research and development?

While academia may not always be exposed to key market trends that will help guide research and teach students in line with industry needs, this seminar will provide clarity around these important issues. We will explore industry directions, academic capabilities, and support programs for industry-academic relationships.

Featured speakers include senior representatives from leading organizations like Sierra Wireless, Nokia, MITACS, UBC, Emily Carr, FusionPipe and more.

At the end of the event, attendees will have a clear understanding and knowledge of:
• Key industry directions and technical obstacles within the wireless sector
• The capabilities and research strengths of several academic institutions
• The programs that are available through various agencies to help enable industry-academic relationships, and support collaborative research and development


12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Registration and Networking
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Wavefront-Welcome from Wavefront and current wireless industry trends
Speaker: Brad Lowe
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Sierra Wireless- M2M Trends and Challenges
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Nokia- Mobile Application Trends and Challenges
Speaker: Tom Nyberg
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Ericsson- Network Trends and Challenges
Speaker: Blair Mackiewich
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 3:30 PMUBC- M2M Related Research
Speaker: Dave Michelson
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM MAGIClab-Mobilizing UBC as a living lab
Speaker: Rodger Lea
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Emily Carr- Solving network problem with design
Speaker: Eugenia Bertulis
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM GRAND
Speaker: Mark Salopek
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM NSERC- NSERC programs supporting industry and academia connections
Speaker: Pam Giberson
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM MITACS- Mitacs programs for industry collaborationn
Speaker: Lawrence Meadows
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM UBC Industry Partnerships– Research collaborations with UBC
Speaker: Richard Sones
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM NRC-IRAP- How NRC-IRAP supports industrial research
Speaker: Perry Quan
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Fusion Pipe- Case study: How Fusion Pipe utilizes academic researchers and support programs
Speaker: Peter Luong
5:30 PM  Reception and networking


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Mitacs ( is a national research network that helps companies expand their R&D activities through facilitating partnerships with Canadian universities (in all research fields) and providing matching project funds.





The National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) helps Canadian SMEs accelerate the growth of their businesses through innovation and technology.  Mr. Quan will provide an overview of IRAP’s innovation and funding services.



Richard Sones, Industry Partnerships, UBC, Faculty of Applied Science

Richard joined UBC in 2010 to champion initiatives that improve the foundation for better industry engagement and increase the number & quality of research collaborations. A graduate of both Electrical Engineering (Queen’s University) and Master’s of Business Administration (Richard Ivey, University of Western), Richard’s career has focused on commercializing technology with a variety of technology leaders such as Harman Becker, MPR, and Ascom  as well as a  several growth companies including a  UBC spin-off company called Wavemakers.



FusionPipe Software Solutions, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is an enterprise mobility solutions company that specializes in Cloud computing technologies for the smartphone and tablet computer environment. We are passionate about the use of Cloud technologies and server virtualization as we believe in the benefits that companies can receive by avoiding large capital expenditures in infrastructure. We focus on leveraging these Cloud based technologies to empower our clients to access their corporate information and knowledge base outside of the physical office space.



NSERC is Canada’s national agency that supports research in the natural sciences and engineering, with an annual budget of over $1 Billion. NSERC’s Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation is specifically working to bring companies and academic researchers together to solve companies’ technical challenges and create long term collaborations.  The main mechanism to initiate those collaborations is NSERC’s Engage Grant, which has supported almost 1700 projects worth a total of $42M since the program was introduced in January 2010. The presentation will focus on how companies can work with NSERC via an Engage Grant and other NSERC programs.