STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Chris Diaper
Chris DiaperDirector, Strategic Partnerships
Chris joined TEC Edmonton as an Intellectual Property Analyst in 2011 before moving over to Strategic Partnerships in 2014. He became Director in 2015 and his group manages metrics, funding agency reporting, and stakeholder relationships for TEC Edmonton. Later that year he started TEC Global Connector, which has the goal of helping Albertan entrepreneurs and SMEs discover, understand, and enter international markets.

Chris has a diverse background with experience in the pharmaceutical sector, both as a scientific researcher and as a business development professional for a drug discovery contract research organization. Prior to this he ran the medicinal chemistry program for a University start-up and worked as a freelance scientific editor for the German Publishing group Thieme. He originally migrated from the UK to Canada in 2001, after gaining a PhD in chemistry from the University of Sheffield.

Ian Forsythe
Ian ForsytheResearch Analyst, Grants Coordinator
Ian joined TEC Edmonton as a Market Analyst in 2009 before moving over to Strategic Partnerships in 2011. He manages performance measures and quantitative analysis, funding agency proposals and reporting, and the annual economic outcome measures survey for TEC Edmonton. Ian has over twenty years of experience in Biotechnology (Genentech, Chiron, Syntex Research—now Roche Palo Alto, Gilead Sciences, ZymoGenetics, DNAX Research Institute, and Incyte Genomics). He managed the Genome Alberta Human Metabolome Project, co-managed the Canadian Bioinformatics Help Desk at the University of Alberta, and served as Editor of the Canadian Bioinformatics Help Desk Newsletter. He has a double Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology and French from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia.
Madeleine Jensen-Fontaine
Madeleine Jensen-FontaineFederal Grants Coordinator
As TEC Edmonton’s Federal Grants Coordinator since 2016, Madeleine writes reports for federal funding agencies that support TEC Edmonton programs, seeks funding opportunities for various programs, and assists in the preparation of applications for new funding opportunities. Before joining TEC Edmonton, Madeleine held quality control positions in oil and gas, and the pharmaceutical industry. She is a Professional Chemist with the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA). She holds a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, both in Chemistry. In her spare time, Madeleine volunteers with a variety of STEM organizations that range from getting kids excited about science for the Alberta Science Network (ASN), to assisting STEM graduate students and early career professionals advance their careers for Women in Science, Engineering and Research (WISER).