September 19, 2016 – Edmonton, AB – TEC Edmonton welcomes Karen Wichuk as its new Vice-President of Public Sector and Government Relations. Karen brings over 14 years of experience with senior management roles in both the public and higher education sectors. Much of this time was spent at the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top research intensive universities, where Karen worked closely with former President Indira Samarasekera advancing Canada’s science, research, and innovation agenda.

At TEC Edmonton, Karen will focus on a number of initiatives, including ensuring its strong regional fit with new federal innovation programs, working with the province to help ensure an effective innovation ecosystem, and representing TEC Edmonton on the steering committee of the Health City Initiative. In addition, Karen will develop programs with other institutional partners that promote Edmonton as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We are very happy to have Karen on board”, says TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb. “Our clients and leadership team will benefit from the addition of her robust knowledge and expertise in building strategic partnerships, policy formulation, government, university administration, and community engagement.”

Most recently, Karen was seconded from the University of Alberta to the Government of Alberta where she served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Machinery of Government within Executive Council. There, she was responsible for providing strategic advice on the structure of government departments, mergers and programs as well as leading the project management throughout structure transitions. Prior to her role in Machinery of Government, Karen served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Planning and Policy within Executive Council. Before joining the Government, Karen was the Associate Vice President (Government and Stakeholder Relations) at the University of Alberta, a position she had held since 2008.

About TEC Edmonton

TEC Edmonton helps technology entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates Greater Edmonton’s largest accelerator for early stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community. TEC Edmonton provides client services in four broad areas: Business development, funding and finance, technology commercialization and entrepreneur development.

In 2015, TEC Edmonton was identified by the Swedish University Business Incubator (UBI) Index as the 4th best university business incubator in North America, and was also named Canadian “Incubator of the Year” at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.

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Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard
Director, Communications & Marketing
TEC Edmonton