Senior Management

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.
Randy Yatscoff
Randy YatscoffExecutive Vice President - Business Development
Randy has been with TEC Edmonton since 2008, initially as an Entrepreneur in Residence before becoming Executive Vice-President of Business Development in 2010. He oversees a team that works with over 80 companies a year. Randy was formerly CEO and President of the drug-development company Isotechnika, raising over $200M in equity financing. He has over ten years’ experience as a biotech executive. Randy was the national recipient of the 2016 Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award. In an earlier lifetime, Dr. Yatscoff was an accomplished academic, a full professor and researcher at several Canadian universities. In total, he holds more than 20 patents.
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

Bio coming soon.

 

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.
Karen Wichuk
Karen WichukVice President - Public Sector and Government Relations

Bio coming soon

Laine Woollard
Laine WoollardSenior Legal Counsel - Technology Commercialization

Laine joined the University of Alberta’s Industry Liaison Office (a precursor to TEC Edmonton) in 1994. As TEC Edmonton’s Senior Legal Counsel, Laine is responsible for overseeing legal matters including the management of the Intellectual Property portfolio and Informatics functions. Laine holds degrees in Law and Pharmacy from the University of Alberta. He is a practicing Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public, has served on several private and public corporate boards, and belongs to the Law Society of Alberta, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, and the Canadian Bar Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. Laine enjoys golf, swimming, sunny climates and family time.