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Fast facts about the Digital Technology Supercluster  

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is an industry-led innovation consortium centered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Supercluster brings together small, medium-sized and large companies, post-secondary institutions, research and not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to collaborate in ambitious technology projects that will innovate the natural resources, healthcare and industrial sectors. The Supercluster co-invests and supports approved projects, through investments provided by the Government of Canada and the public and private organizations which constitute its membership. Through these projects and the outcomes they deliver, Canada will be a global leader in innovation and digital technologies. 

What is a Supercluster? 

A supercluster is an innovation hotbed that is home to strong industrial clusters, linked through their shared reliance on specialized inputs, including technologies, talent and infrastructure. Superclusters offer comprehensive strong linkages across sectors, and between private companies, public entities, post-secondary institutions, and research and government partners. Superclusters create a strong brand and competitive advantage that translates into global recognition and impact, the ability to attract talent and investment across industries, resulting in exceptional performance, including   job creation, organizational scaling and GDP growth. 

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is a proud member of a national network of five Canadian, industry-led innovation superclusters. The Government of Canada has committed to investing up to $950M in the five superclusters to accelerate the delivery of transformations across multiple sectors, global leadership in innovation and to drive major economic, social and industrial benefits. 

Why Digital Technology? 

More data has been created in the last two years than in the entirety of human history, but less than 0.5% of this data has ever been analyzed. Unlocking the potential of data will establish Canada as a global leader in digital technology in the era of the intelligent enterprise. The Digital Technology Supercluster will leverage virtual mixed/augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing to create scalable solutions that address key industry problems and advance economic opportunities for Canadians by applying data in new and innovative ways. 

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Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, The Intellectual Property (IP) Manager will champion the development and execution of the IP strategy for the Digital Technology Supercluster, advising the Supercluster, its member organizations and other stakeholders on best practices related to IP, operationalizing the IP strategy within the Supercluster and member-led projects, providing guidance, support, development and evaluation of all intellectual property related to these technology projects, and evaluating various projects simultaneously. Key responsibilities:   

1) Developing the Supercluster’s IP strategy as a positive vehicle of growth while employing global best practices; 

2) Supporting the development of appropriate IP rationales in project proposals and final project agreements that meet the objectives of the Supercluster;  

3) Developing and maintaining tools to monitor IP, such as an IP Registry with related operating procedures;   

4) Supporting members in developing their internal competencies in managing IP through strong education and support services.  

Accountabilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development of the Intellectual Property Strategy and assist the leadership team and the Board of Directors in executing the Intellectual Property Strategy; 
  • Oversee the administration of all requirements and processes set out in the Intellectual Property Strategy including the development of an IP Registry and associated records; 
  • Assist in the development of the rationale required for IP strategy within the technology project proposals, including encouraging applicants to explore all opportunities to share Foreground Intellectual Property; 
  • Seek legal advice from specialists as needed and act as the key point of contact for all IP-related legal matters with third-party consultants; 
  • Build strong relationships with member organizations and proactively communicate and manage expectations with all stakeholders, as well as prepare and provide presentations as needed; 
  • Design and deliver educational initiatives including IP trend updates, summaries and enforcement actions that are relevant to the Digital Supercluster and its members and information and education services relative to the IP Strategy; 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to member organizations relative to IP capabilities as well as to project teams during project negotiations; 
  • Follow, understand and leverage global trends in IP and how it relates to other initiatives like Data Strategy and Standardization. 


  • Experienced business professional with 5+ years specializing in intellectual property strategy and delivery within a corporate environment; 
  • Experience managing IP portfolios including technology licensing, technology transfer and development of IP agreements in multi-party consortium projects; 
  • Delivering effective advice to internal teams and/or external clients on IP management and strategies; 
  • Technical background with the ability to understand technical products and the IP management environment (e.g. patent process, IP pools); 
  • Exceptional communication, presentation, relationship building and mediation skills, with the ability to demonstrate credibility and provide strong support during complex and challenging business discussions involving multiple organizations; 
  • Proven organization and time management skills; 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and quickly adapt to changes. 



Posted: April 21, 2019
Closes: June 20, 2019