Executive Team

Chris Lumb
Chris LumbCEO
Since December 2009, Chris has been CEO of TEC Edmonton. 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 $30 million, and delivering long-term profits and return on equity to its shareholders. Chris is a board member and former chair of CMC Microsystems, vice-chair of CANARIE Inc., and board member of Argus Machine. He is a former board member for ACAMP, Radient Technologies, Cleankeys Inc., and Startup Edmonton. Overall, his career has been focused on building commercial success for advanced technologies, and leadership of technology organizations to ensure they are profitably focused on addressing market needs.
Darrell Petras
Darrell PetrasExecutive Vice President - Business Development
Darrell has extensive experience managing the commercialization needs of university and non-university clients, from securing intellectual property rights to the creation and development of technology-based companies. Within TEC Edmonton, Darrell leads a team with deep expertise in accelerating the growth of technology-based companies. Working with his team and colleagues, Darrell consistently seek collaborations among clients, government, universities and private industry for the benefit of all stakeholders and the commercialization of innovation. Darrell is a Board Member of Delta Genomics and he belongs to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. He also has 15 years of business ownership experience and currently owns two businesses. Prior to joining TEC, Darrell was a joint owner and operator of a diversified and award-winning beef, dairy and grain operation.
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.

Bobbi Elliott
Bobbi ElliottDirector of Finance

As TEC’s Director of Finance, Bobbi is responsible for finance, human resources, and administrative functions of the organization. Bobbi has over 20 years of financial experience in various industries, including private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She has CPA and CGA designations, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. Before joining TEC Edmonton in 2015, Bobbi was the Manager of Revenue-Non-Government Funding at Alberta Health Services.

Jennifer Sheehan
Jennifer SheehanDirector of Communications & Marketing

As the lead of the communications and marketing team since September 2017, Jenn oversees the development of internal and external communication strategies, manages the corporate brand and advises the CEO and executive team on communications issues and opportunities. She also currently teaches public relations writing at MacEwan University.  Prior to working at TEC Edmonton, Jenn has held communications roles at ATCO, Northlands and with the Government of Alberta. Jenn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and BA in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In her spare time, she enjoys curling, spending time with friends and family and going to farmers markets.


Jayant Kumar
Jayant KumarVice President - Technology Management

Jay has held various positions with TEC Edmonton since it was known as the Industry Liaison Office, a precursor to TEC Edmonton, in 1998. As the Vice President of Technology Management, Jay heads up the Technology Transfer office, supervises the provision of intellectual property services to inventors and entrepreneurs in the region, and helps create new spinoff companies from University of Alberta inventions. Jay began his career as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Delhi University in India, where he pursued research as a Senior Research Fellow of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Jay holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science in Physics, as well as an MBA with a specialization in Technology Commercialization. Jay is an active volunteer, organizing classical music concerts from India in Edmonton.

Lan Tan
Lan TanDirector, Entrepreneur Development
Lan has over 10 years of experience in International Business, Marketing and Business Development as well as owning her own business. As an independent consultant, her projects included performing market analysis; providing strategies on market entry; and performing competitive analysis. Her educational background includes a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and International MBA from the University of Ottawa.