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TEC Edmonton
Senior Management
Chris Lumb, CEO
Since December 2009 Chris has been CEO of TEC Edmonton, a technology accelerator created by the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. Through a variety of commercialization services, including intellectual property management, business planning and mentoring, market research, financing strategies and the TEC Centre incubation facility, TEC Edmonton’s programs contribute to Edmonton’s being one of North America’s leading regions for wealth creation through innovation. Working with researchers, entrepreneurs and investors, TEC Edmonton transforms technologies into viable companies.
 
From 1994 to 2009 Chris was the CEO of Micralyne Inc. He was involved in all aspects of Micralyne's development, including leading its transition from a university-owned not-for-profit to a privately held commercial company, growing annual revenues to more than $28 million, and delivering long-term profits and return on equity to its shareholders.  
 
Chris is a Board Member and Former Chair of CMC Microsystems, Board Member for ACAMP, Radient Technologies, Cleankeys Inc, and Startup Edmonton. Overall, his career has been centered around building commercial success for advanced technologies, and management of technology organizations to ensure they are profitably focused on addressing market needs.
 
 

Randy Yatscoff,  Executive VP Business Development
Dr. Yatscoff has spent the last six years at TEC Edmonton initially as an Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Executive in Residence and more recently as Executive Vice-President of Business Development.  He is responsible for a team that works with over 80 companies on an annual basis.  He has over ten years experience as a Biotech Executive in publically traded companies.  He is a seasoned director on both public and private company Boards and actively participated on several Advisory Boards and Committees both Industry and Academic related.  He was part of the team that raised over $200M in equity financing for a Biotech company.  He provides guidance and mentorship to local start-up companies on technology commercialization, business planning, presentations, investor relations and financing.  He is actively involved with assisting start-up companies to secure financing.   He currently holds more than 20 patents.  He is an accomplished Academic with almost twenty years spent in increasing roles in several Canadian Universities, having attained the status of Full Professor.  He is an active and involved community member, fully supporting key groups, participating in Board responsibility and fundraising for causes.

Pamela Freeman, Chief Operating Officer
Pamela has been with the University of Alberta, Industry Liaison Office, the predecessor to TEC Edmonton, since 2000 and has held various roles throughout her tenure.  Currently, Pamela is the Chief Operating Officer at TEC Edmonton and is also responsible for the Entrepreneur Development Program.  TEC Edmonton provides services to over 500 entrepreneurs, inventors a year and the Entrepreneur Development Program offers education and training along with advisory and mentorship services; and the TEC Centre offers companies office and wet lab facilities in Enterprise Square.

Pamela has owned and operated her own business, held senior positions in a number of non-profit organizations and provided management consulting services.   She has a MBA from the University of Alberta, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is the Vice Chair of the Bachelor of Technology Advisory Committee at NAIT, a Board member of the Alberta Health Industry Association (AHIA), and for the past four years was a part time instructor at NAIT teaching Innovation and Change Management.

Jayant Kumar, Vice President, Technology Management
Jayant started his career as an academic in India. After completing his Masters in Physics from Delhi University, Jay pursued research in the area of particle physics as a Senior Research Fellow of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He was teaching Physics to under-graduate students at Delhi University before moving to Canada to pursue an MBA degree at the University of Alberta. Upon completion of his MBA in 1999 with specialization in Technology Commercialization, Jay joined the University of Alberta’s Industry Liaison Office (ILO), the precursor to TEC Edmonton. Jay has held various positions in the Technology Transfer team and assumed the role of Director TEC Transfer in June of 2009. As Director, Jay oversees the commercialization of inventions originating from the University and the local Edmonton region. Jay is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada).
Laine Woollard, Senior Legal Counsel, Technology Commercialization
Laine received his degrees in Pharmacy and Law from the University of Alberta. He spent four years in private practice conducting cases in administrative, corporate commercial, civil and criminal litigation up to and including the Alberta Court of Appeal. He then spent the next four years as in-house counsel and subsequently as a member of the Board of Directors of an Edmonton drug research company with strong corporate connections to a median-size Japanese pharmaceutical company. Laine joined the University of Alberta’s Industry Liaison Office (ILO) in 1994, and continues his role with TEC Edmonton by managing patent portfolios and providing legal counsel on matters pertaining to licensing, contracts, and corporate/commercial issues.

 

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