Effective collaboration is key to making progress on the problems that face society and business.

At a place as large and complex as UBC, we understand the challenges for potential partners to find the research expertise they're looking for, and for UBC researchers to find appropriate collaborators. If you're interested in partnering with UBC, but unclear where to start, contact:

Tina Lee  

Partnership Development Specialist, Innovation Partnerships

  • Innovation Ecosystem Navigation and Connection
  • Innovation Partnerships
  • Collaborative Funding Programs
  • Talent Engagement Pathways


Innovation Partnerships

Innovation partnership managers help bridge this gap, connecting partners in industry, not-for-profit or community groups and UBC researchers. With their sector-specific expertise, the innovation partnership team helps to ensure that new knowledge being generated can turn into results with social and economic benefits.

Iain Begg 

Managing Director, Innovation Partnerships

  • Innovation partnerships models and engagements)
  • Large networks and clusters (guidance and support)
  • Campus infrastructure (as a research resource)
  • Digital transformation (AI, next generation computing)
  • New and advanced materials


Karen Chu

Manager, Innovation Partnerships

Life Sciences & Health Solutions

  • Healthier humans (health management, diagnostics, therapeutics)
  • Protected communities (vaccines, mental health, health systems and informatics)
  • Thriving planet (terrestrial and marine biodiversity)


Sabrina Hauser

Manager, Innovation Partnerships

Digital Technology & Transformation

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), human-centered design and strategic product development (physical technologies, information systems and applications)
  • Creative practices, practice-based research and design-oriented research
  • Technology transfer of digital innovations


Robbin Simão

Manager, Innovation Partnerships

Sustainability & Natural Resources

  • Sustainability and climate change (clean technology, circular economy, biodiversity)
  • Natural Resources (healthy forests, carbon capture technology, mining sector)
  • Land, food and aquatic systems (food, soil, water and agriculture technology)