Angus Livingstone, Chair
Angus Livingstone is Managing Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the President of the University’s wholly owned subsidiary, UBC Research Enterprises Inc., and co-founder of the Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology.
Angus serves on numerous boards in addition to Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. including NeuroDevNet NCE, UBC Research Enterprises, Inc., CDRD Ventures Inc., and Webnames.CA, Inc. He is currently a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society.
Angus graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1983. In 1988, he joined the UILO where he has held various positions relating to industry sponsored research, technology transfer, and the management of UILO operations. He has played critical roles in the creation of many Canadian technology transfer and commercialization initiatives including: Westlink Technology Commercialization Internship Program; B.C. Advantage Funds (VCC) Ltd.; Flintbox™; Aggregate Therapeutics and the IP Toolkit; The Centre for Drug Research and Development; and the Canada California Strategic Innovation Partnership – IP Protocol.
The UILO conducts the technology transfer and commercialization activities at UBC. UBC consistently ranks among the top ten North American universities for its patenting and commercialization activities. UBC currently has over 250 licenses with companies around the world and has actively supported the creation of over 150 spin-off companies.
W. Wesley Pue, Director
Dr. Pue is Provost and Vice Principal for the University of British Columbia, Kelowna Campus. He previously served as Nathan Nemetz Professor of Legal History and as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and has held full-time faculty appointments at Osgoode Hall Law School, Oklahoma City University, Carleton University, and the University of Manitoba. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Vice Provost and Associate Vice President at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus.
Wes’ research interests extend to the histories of legal professions, comparative legal history, and issues related to constitutionalism and policing. Called to the Bars of the Northwest Territories and Alberta and an honorary member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Professor Pue has held visiting professorships in Canada, England, and Australia and has served as President of the Canadian Law and Society Association.
Wes graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. in Geography in 1977 and a B.A. in Jurisprudence in 1979. He went on to complete his LL.M. degree at the University of Alberta in 1980 and Ph.D. degree at Osgoode Hall in 1989.
Stephen Smith, Director
Stephen has over twenty years of experience in information technology as a programmer, project manager, and technology licensing manager. He has been involved in company start ups, financing, management and acquisitions.
Stephen Smith co-founded Webnames.ca in 2000 where he continues to serve as CEO and Chair of the Board. Stephen also founded Flintbox in 2003 which became an international resource used by technology transfer professionals to commercialize university research. Flintbox was sold to Wellspring International in 2010.
Stephen was a co founder of New Media BC, was a finalist in the Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Information Technology in the Pacific Region, was a recipient of Business in Vancouver`s Top 40 Under 40 Award for Outstanding Achievement (2005) and received an exceptional innovation award from CIPA in 2007.
Stephen is a board observer at Tasktop Technologies, is active with AceTech and has acted as a mentor and judge to new entrepreneurs in the New Ventures BC Program since 2006.
Donald Wehrung, Director
Donald Wehrung is President and co-founder of Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. Prior to founding Paragon, Dr. Wehrung held the position of Executive Director, Applied Research and Evaluation Services (ARES) at The University of British Columbia. He is on leave as Professor of Strategic Management from the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia where he has taught and conducted research since 1974.
Don holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He is co-author of Taking Risks: The Management of Uncertainty, and he has published numerous articles on this topic.
Don was Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services in the Sauder School from 1989 to 1994. Prior to joining ARES and its successor Paragon Testing Enterprises, Don served as Executive Director of the International Student Initiative at UBC from 1996 to 2008 which was responsible for recruiting international students to undergraduate programs across the university. During this period enrolment of international undergraduate students increased from 450 students to 3500.