Economic Development and Innovation (EDI)


Name & Title

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Bill Maloney
Director, Industry Research Partnerships 

FB 2004A

(807) 343-8793

University-industry research partnerships, collaborative relationship building between researchers, industry partners and funding agencies, industry inquiries, assistance with funding applications, development and maintenance of relevant networks. Economic development initiatives.

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Ellen MacKay
Director, Innovation Development

FB 2004D

(807) 343-8724

Intellectual Property Management; research award/contract negotiation and finalization, including negotiation of research agreements with industry, funding agencies and partners; material transfer, non-disclosure and intellectual property agreements; intellectual property protection (patent/copyright/trademark), commercialization and funding; licensing, spin-off company creation and commercial research proposal support; marketing support

Alyson MacKay

Manager, Ingenuity


FB 2004C


Support with developing your startup business, resources available for business startup and development, events and workshops in Ingenuity, accessing the makerspace or media room in Ingenuity, developing entrepreneurial programming, delivering workshops focused on small business development.

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Kelly Fettes
Administrative Officer

FB 2004

(807) 343-8871

Administrative management of all EDI activities; general office inquiries; how to get in touch with the Manager, Industry Research Partnerships, or Manager, Innovation Development; communicating EDI successes; supporting Lakehead’s commitment to Economic Development; planning and organizing Economic Development events; executing educational sessions, networking events, and other outreach initiatives.

Taylor Gynane
Development Officer

FB 2004B

(807) 343-8709


The role of the Development Assistant is to support the EDI office in the following ways: creating marketing and communication tools; preparing researcher profiles to be used when working with potential industry partners; preparing success stories to be used in numerous marketing campaigns targeted at bringing investment to the region; assisting with the coordination of industry-researcher networking events; promoting research opportunities at the University to regional stakeholders; preparing technology transfer agreements; and helping to increase the number of start-up business opportunities developing among students, faculty, and community members.


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