The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Associate Director

Industry Liaison Office

The picturesque and historic University of Saskatchewan (U of S) campus is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The U of S strives to create an environment of collaboration, innovation and discovery and be recognized as a place where many peoples come together to engage in mutually respectful relations and dialogues. The University of Saskatchewan community includes over 20,000 students, 7,500 faculty and staff, and more than 150,000 alumni, supporters and partners throughout Canada and the world.

The U of S is a centre of excellence for education, research and service. Its 17 colleges and schools offer a wide array of discipline-based, interdisciplinary and professional programs. Propelled by its people and a strong capacity for innovation, the U of S is the province’s major research institution and its only medical doctoral university. A member of the U15 (Canada’s top research-intensive universities), the U of S is known for its six signature areas of research—Aboriginal Peoples, Agriculture, Energy and Mineral Resources, One Health, Synchrotron Sciences, and Water Security

The Industry Liaison Office (ILO) enables the commercialization of results of University of Saskatchewan research, development and scholarship and fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in order to create value in society and industry. 

Reporting to the Managing Director, Industry Liaison Office, the Associate Director provides leadership and management to staff while coordinating and directing activities related to the day-to-day operations of the ILO. The Associate Director will assist the Director in overseeing the operational and strategic development of the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) to ensure the delivery of a full range of sophisticated products and services in a proactive, timely and result oriented manner to a diverse group of stake holders. The incumbent will engage in and lead the ILO’s efforts to create value in industry and society and in particular, to commercialize technologies and new knowledge arising from the activities of university employees and students. The incumbent will perform a range of activities related to initiating, marketing, reporting, analysis of technologies and new knowledge, acquisition, management and transfer of intellectual property, and engagement of external partners and resources (e.g. capital, partners of both the research and technology-commercialization enterprises of the university).  In addition, the incumbent is expected to provide guidance on related processes to researchers, other university personnel and external stakeholders and contributes to an innovative and entrepreneurial culture.

The ideal candidate has a minimum of an undergraduate degree and/or an MBA; a masters or doctorate is preferred.  With several years of experience in innovation, product and service development, launch, marketing, sales and financing/fundraising and intellectual property management in an industry setting, the ideal candidate also has direct professional experience in the performance of research in industry, a university or government.  The ideal candidate has experience and skill in building relationships among diverse constituencies, understanding, developing and negotiating complex commercial solutions and agreements, and has demonstrated ability to bring innovative ideas and concepts to the marketplace. To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact 403-410-6700 or

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.