Associate Vice-President, Innovation, Knowledge Mobilization, and Partnerships

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada

Associate Vice-President, Innovation, Knowledge Mobilization, and Partnerships

VPRI Research and Innovation

Competition No. - A100148852

Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

Working for the University of Alberta

As one of the top 5 research universities in Canada, the University of Alberta’s research and innovation spans many fields and disciplines. Our researchers’ expertise and strength attract over $500 million annually from various research funders and partners including federal and provincial government, industry, foundations, and other organizations.

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 42,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people; from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, the AVP will play a pivotal role in enhancing the culture of innovation at the U of A by establishing an innovation and knowledge mobilization strategy; fostering entrepreneurship and a commercialization mindset among researchers; developing innovative business initiatives; and, facilitating access to investment capital for U of A start-up and spin-off companies. Working closely with the AVP (Enterprise) and AVP (Strategic Research Initiatives and Performance), they will engage with faculty, staff, and students, and expand strategic partnerships between the U of A and external organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

A senior member of U of A’s integrated research leadership team, the ideal candidate brings an outstanding track record of experience gained in a senior partnership development or research translation role in a research-intensive academic institution or in an entrepreneurial start-up or innovation-driven company. They will possess excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a reputation for building consensus and identifying and realizing partnership and knowledge mobilization opportunities.

In accordance with the Handbook of Terms and Conditions of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded) , this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

The University has engaged Odgers Berndston to manage this search. Consideration of candidates will begin in late October 2022 and will continue until the position is filled, with the successful candidate taking office as mutually agreed. Nominations, applications, and expressions of interest should be submitted, in confidence, to Colleen Keenan and/or Krutika Hotwani at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 35519.