Angus Livingstone appointed Innovation Catalyst of UBC Innovation Strategy

To: All UBC Faculty, Staff and Student Employees

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Angus Livingstone as UBC’s Innovation Catalyst, beginning February 17th. In this new full-time role reporting to John Hepburn (VP Research and International) and Pascal Spothelfer (VP Communications and Community Partnership), Angus will spearhead the further development and implementation of the University’s Innovation Strategy.

UBC’s Innovation Strategy aims to increase the impact of our research and educational activities to further enhance the University’s contribution to economic growth and societal benefits in British Columbia and beyond. The five-point strategy includes:

– The creation of a Corporate Relations Office to forge closer working relations with the business sector; – The creation of a wholly-owned subsidiary to facilitate faculty consulting and major project business development; – The reorganization and expansion of the e@UBC program; – The growing of the “Campus as a living lab” model beyond campus; and – The re-engineering of the University-Industry Liaison Office.

UBC is well underway with the implementation of this strategy and Angus’ appointment will allow the University to accelerate this strategic initiative and assure its success.

In order to take this position, Angus will be leaving his current role of Managing Director of UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), a position he has held since 1999. Graduating from UBC with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1983, Angus joined the UILO in 1988 where he has held various positions relating to industry-sponsored research, technology transfer, and the management of UILO operations. Under his leadership, UBC has consistently ranked as the leading Canadian institution and has gained international recognition for its technology transfer and commercialization activities.

While relinquishing his position at the UILO, Angus will retain his current board positions, and will continue to be project leader on the genomics entrepreneurship program delivered in partnership with Genome Canada and Genome BC.

We are also pleased to announce that as of February 17, J.P. Heale will become the UILO’s Interim Managing Director. Dr. Heale has been an Associate Director at the UILO since 2004, working extensively with external stakeholders and researchers across UBC and its affiliated teaching hospitals.

Join us in congratulating Angus Livingstone and J.P. Heale in their new roles.

John Hepburn, Vice President Research and International
Pascal Spothelfer, Vice President Communications and Community Partnership