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:

Marina Tischenko  

Partnership Development Specialist, Innovation Partnerships

  • Innovation concierge
  • Connections navigation
  • Relationships steward
  • Strategic partnerships support


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


Sahan Ranamukha

Manager, Innovation Partnerships

Natural Resources & Clean Technology

  • Cleaner energies (climate solutions and carbon capture)
  • Food security and quality (precision agriculture and nutrition)
  • Sustainable processes (energy and materials recycling/reusing)


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)