Janice is the Director of the Research and Innovation Partnerships team within Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI). Janice and her team develop and facilitate partnerships with industry/consortia, governments, not-for-profit organizations, and other academic institutions to advance the research enterprise at Queen’s and the commercialization and protection of inventions, and to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem in Kingston and Eastern Ontario.
Janice is often the first point of contact for external organizations seeking to learn more about the research expertise and resources at Queen’s. She and her team work closely with Queens researchers to prepare compelling proposals for funding and/or collaboration, receive and evaluate invention disclosures, and develop and implement strategies to protect and commercialize intellectual property assigned to the university.
Janice is also responsible for QPI’s role in attracting funding and delivering four strategic, multi-year innovation ecosystem projects: the Scale-Up Platform Project in the Kingston region in collaboration with Invest Ottawa, the WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University, the Venture Builder Program in collaboration with TIAP, and the Health Innovation Kingston Project in collaboration with the city of Kingston and other local partners.
Janice sits on the boards of directors for GreenCentre Canada and Launch Lab, and formerly sat on the boards of directors for CUTRIC, AURP Canada, and the Kingston Technology Exchange Council.
Janice’s previous roles at Queen’s included responsibilities as Director of the Research Contracts Unit (2013-2020), Director of Innovation Park (2008-2019) and Industry Partnerships (2010-2019), and Director of the BIOCAP Canada Foundation (2005-2008).
Prior to joining Queen’s in 2005, Janice enjoyed a 17-year career with Procter & Gamble in product launch, project management, and supply chain leadership roles with global responsibilities.