Market-Driven Research Excellence Program


Wednesday June 21, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Are you a Queen’s Faculty member in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medical (STEMM) field?

Are you interested in increasing your industry/external collaborations? Or do you have questions around intellectual property and commercialization? If so – this workshop series is for you!

The goal of this workshop series is to help equip you with knowledge and tools to support the development of industry partnerships as well as the translation/commercialization of your research.

These skills will be helpful in:

  • Preparing successful grant applications
  • Building meaningful partnerships with industry or funding agencies
  • Creating greater awareness of your research and capabilities
  • Supporting and preparing your lab and team to consider the potential of intellectual property from your research
  • Commercializing the outcomes of your research

Join us for one or all three sessions to explore areas of interest to you and your team. Please be sure to let us know which sessions you plan to attend on the registration form.

Note: This event will take place in-person, on Queen's campus, location to be determined.


1. 9:15 - 11am: Intellectual Property Considerations & FAQs

Join this session to learn more about intellectual property and frequently asked questions from faculty such as: What is a considered public disclosure? When can I publish? What do I have to consider when working with - students? – with industry? And, of course, ask your own questions related to IP!


2. 11am - 1pm : Panel Discussion: Engaging and Collaborating with Industry

Join us for a one hour panel discussion (followed by a networking lunch) with Queen’s faculty members who will share their experiences and learnings about developing and working with industry on varied collaborations.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jim Banting, AVP Partnerships and Innovation, and will feature:

  • Dr. Farhana Zulkernine, Queen’s School of Computing
  • Dr. George diCenzo, Queen’s Biology
  • Dr. Il Yong Kim, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Dr. Peir Pufahl, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

3. 1 - 4pm : Market focused research and commercialization strategies

1 - 2:30pm – This session will explore benefits and strategies to support the development of market focused research and enhancing the commercial impact of your research. This will include an introduction to market/technology assessment, design thinking intro as well as an overview of resources at Queen’s and how QPI can help support connections with industry.

2:30 - 4pm – The final session of the day will explore commercialization strategies and considerations including either licensing or creating spin-off companies. Queen’s policies, invention disclosure processes, and supports available to faculty members will also be reviewed.