Members of the Executive



Mark Barnes

Head Picture Mark Barnes is the Assistant Director of Research at the University of Northern BC. He leads a team of professionals who provide support for a community of innovative researchers to enhance research capacity at UNBC and increase opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students. Under his portfolio falls the Partnerships & Innovation Division of the Office of Research where his team works to increase the awareness of the mutual needs and opportunities in industry and the University, and encourages and supports industrial partnerships with the intent of facilitating the translation of research and innovation into useful and workable solutions. He also manages the intellectual property portfolio for the institution. Prior to joining UNBC, he held multiple leadership positions at the BC Cancer Agency – Centre for the North in progressively senior roles, including as a member of the Research Leadership Team and Clinical Trials Coordinator. He is a member of the Western Canadian Innovation Offices consortium Executive Team. He is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and he holds a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Northern BC.

Darren Fast

Head Picture Dr. Fast joined the University of Manitoba as director of the Technology Transfer Office in 2012. He leads a team that is responsible for assessing and moving research-based technologies into the private sector as well as facilitating collaborative research partnerships with industry partners. He is also one of the leads on the Western Canadian Innovation Offices project, a collaborative effort to boost engagement of post-secondary institutions and industry in Western Canada. Previously, Darren was the Senior Intellectual Property Advisor at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He was also the President of Solalta Advisors, providing market and business development services for early stage, technology based companies. Prior to Solalta, Darren was Chief Technology Officer for the Western Life Sciences Venture Fund, where he created new companies based on licensed technologies. Darren has also served as manager, Product Planning and Development at Viventia Biotech, where he was responsible for the development of several human therapeutic antibody projects. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba

Anne Neufeld

Head Picture Dr. Anne Neufeld joined Saskatchewan Polytechnic in January 2012 as the associate vice-president, Strategy Management. Since January 2014, Dr. Neufeld has served as the provost and vice-president, Academic. Dr. Neufeld brings a wealth of experience to the provost and vice-president, Academic position. With the Saskatoon Health Region, she was the director of Strategic Development, Health Research and Innovation, and the CFO and vice-president Finance and Administration (interim) where she supported an operating budget of more than $1 billion. At the University of Saskatchewan, she served in the international research office and was responsible for planning and implementation of international research projects that spanned more than 50 countries and multiple disciplines. Dr. Neufeld holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of Saskatchewan. Her program focus was on health services management and program evaluation.

Ken Porter

Head Picture Dr. Porter is the Vice President of Intellectual Property Management at Innovate Calgary, an integrated IP management and economic development non-profit corporation, where he leads a team of 20 professionals serving University of Calgary researchers, as well as innovators across southern Alberta. Ken entered the technology transfer profession at Duke University, and then moved to the University of Colorado to lead re-building the tech transfer office at CU-Boulder. From CU, he moved to San Antonio to build the first multi-institutional tech transfer office at the University of Texas. He has also provided consulting services to liberal arts institutions to create networks with streamlined technology transfer operations supported by a common database and expert social networks. Ken has leadership roles in the Canadian technology management professional community and for WCIO.

Janet Scholz

Head Picture Janet Scholz is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years experience in intellectual asset management and technology transfer including the successful licensing of technologies in all fields, start-up business development, and strategic planning. Current activities focus on the diversification of traditional research relationships with local, regional, national and international business, industry and government organizations. Janet is also a Senior Associate with Xomix Ltd., a Chicago based accelerator and consultancy in medical, life science, biotechnology, energy and environmental technologies for companies and research organizations. Janet is the former President & CEO of ACCT Canada (Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies) a national not for profit association for academic and private sector organizations partnering to commercialize Canadian technologies. Janet is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN), Beijing, China and has held national and international leadership positions in organizations in the field of innovation.