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CUE’s Innovation and Industry Connections – Director

Posted on: Jun 22, 2020

Dr. Isha Katyal’s role, currently as Manager of the BMO Centre for Innovation and Applied Research (BMO-CIAR), will change to “Director, Innovation and Industry”, effective July 1st.

Isha has demonstrated great leadership and competence in building effective working relationships with innovation and applied research-focused functional groups within and outside CUE. The results are evident with the launch of Innovation Launchpad @ CUE, development of knowledge translation and commercialization framework (policies, procedures, and agreement templates), operationalization of BMO-CIAR business development activities, the establishment of the McNeil Centre for Applied Renewable Energy (McNeil C.A.R.E.) and several alliances with private and public-sector partners (e.g. Western Economic Diversification (WED), Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN), ELIXR simulations, Cannabis extension programs with Norquest College etc.) at CUE. 

In her new role, Isha will continue working with CUE’s students, faculty and staff providing assistance, resources, and directing innovation, entrepreneurship and connections to industry through the BMO-CIAR, and oversee McNeil C.A.R.E.