Executive in Residence Consultant

Edmonton Unlimited

Executive In Residence, Consultant – IP Strategy

Job Type: Consultant, 0.4 FTE (1 position

)Contract: 11 months (End March 31st, 2025

Edmonton Unlimited is the innovation agency for the City of Edmonton and works to deliver programs, community events, and support that innovators and problem-solvers need to turn their ideas into solutions. By working collaboratively across various stakeholders in the industry, academia, civil society, and leading peer cities, Edmonton Unlimited is fostering a rich innovation ecosystem for the benefit of all and mobilizing innovation communities for maximum international impac

Your Opportun

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    Serving as connector and coach, the Consultant shall work, alongside Edmonton Unlimited’s Head of Startup and PSI Specialist, within a team of executives in residence (EIRs) and relevant innovation service providers/partners in Edmonton and elsewhere (as applicable). The Consultant will advise and support students and staff who are potential innovators and founders building technology-based businesses at the following Edmonton post-secondary institutions: NAIT, Concordia University of Edmonton, NorQuest College Edmonton Campus, University of Alberta, MacEwan University, The King’s University, Athabasca and Yellowhead Tribal College (the “Post-Secondari
  • es”)The EIR will be dispatched to the post-secondaries based on demand for their specific expertise through office hours and bespoke support to serve the needs of the post-secondary innovators and founders. The objective of the EIR will be to educate founders, identify research and business ideas with potential for growth and/or support companies growing out of the post-secondary institut
  • ion.Facilitate the transfer of intellectual property from post-secondary instituti
  • ons.Demonstrated expertise in licensing intellectual property developed at post-secondary institutions, including managing the licensing proc
  • ess.The team of EIRs – as a collective – will possess a diverse set of skills and expertise that can be shared across PSIs includ

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Your Key Accountabi

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    Serves as a point of contact for innovative students (undergraduate and graduate), research associates, faculty members and staff at one or more post-secondaries in the Edmonto
  • n area.Works with the other EIRs to serve all the post-secondaries in Edmonton Unlimited’s Post-Secondary programs by attending weekly meetings to assess the opportunities encountered and provide guidance to companies as a collective based on skill sets that are on th
  • e team.Provides mentorship and/or advice on transforming technology-based research and ideas with business potential into viable products and services, with emphasis on those business opportunities that have the greatest potential for technology-enablement, scale up, and commercialization. This may i

nclude:o Referrals to organizations that will suit the needs of the technology, innovation and/or inn

ovator.o Articulating/communicating/deciphering the ‘product-market fit’ of new goods and se

rvices.o Provision of mentorship and advice regarding commercialization pathways, developing business goals and monitoring perfo

rmance.o Partial support and development of viable business plans and revenue

models.o Advice on intellectual property strategies, and provision of introductions to lead customers and potential inv

  • estors.Holds in person (where applicable) office hours one half day pe
  • r week.Refers students, researchers and/or staff to relevant programs managed by Edmonton Unlimited, and other applicable programs offered by partners and fellow service providers in the com
  • munity.Is an ambassador for Edmonton Unl
  • imited.Is a key liaison with Edmonton Unlimited program leads, ensuring alignment on expectations and
  • goals.Provides timely submission of pre-defined metrics and other reporting requirements including presentations to f
  • unders.Complies with all data entry requirements with Edmonton Unlimited’s customer relationship management software and/or other data s
  • ystems.Attends other meetings with Edmonton Unlimited, as re
  • quired.Networks with research, innovation and entrepreneurship leads (e.g., AVPs, tech transfer officers, incubator leads, entrepreneurship faculty, etc.) within the post-secondaries, individually and as a coll
  • ective.Seeks opportunities support business creation, product validation, and collaboration among the post-secon
  • daries.Encourages a culture of innovation and entreprene

Your Key Accounta

  • bilitiesPrevious experience in business coaching and advising, especially on technology commercialization pathways preferably in post-secondary s
  • ettings.Experienced entrepreneur or an individual who was a previous innovator/founder from a post-secondary institution or has supported post-secondary innovation is a
  • n asset.Deep understanding of post-secondary culture and nav
  • igation.Demonstrated capabilities regarding leadership, accountability, judgement, decision-making, problem solving, independent action and cultural adapt
  • ability.Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication
  • skills.Competency in digital appli


to Apply
Your resume and cover letter can be submitted to [email protected]. Please be sure to address the role of innovation in your life and work. Please be sure to address the role of innovation in your life and work. We are specifically seeking a candidate with expertise in IP Strategy. The deadline to apply for this position is Thursday May 14t

h at 5 PM.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Edmonton Unlimited is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. As an equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal rights employer, we encourage applications from all qualified i