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Board of Directors

Angus Livingstone, Chair

Angus Livingstone serves as Innovation Catalyst at The University of British Columbia and is responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s Innovation Strategy and related initiatives.

Angus serves on numerous boards in addition to Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. and, for 15 years, he was the Managing Director of the UBC University-Industry Liaison Office and president of the University’s wholly owned subsidiary, UBC Research Enterprises Inc.

Angus likes exploring new ways of mobilizing academic research for social and economic benefit – something he calls “valorization”. He has played critical roles in the creation of many Canadian technology transfer and commercialization initiatives including: entrepreneurship@UBC; The Centre for Drug Research and Development; The Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology (ACCT) Canada; Westlink Technology Commercialization Internship Program; Flintbox™; Aggregate Therapeutics IP Toolkit; West Coast Licensing Partnership; the Canada California Strategic Innovation Partnership – IP Protocol; and, UBC’s Global Access Licensing Principles.

Angus is the Program Lead for GREAT – Genomics Research Entrepreneurship to Accelerate Translation, a Genome Canada and Genome BC supported program to provide entrepreneurial training to genomics researchers working with the natural resources industry.


David H. Farrar, Director

David H. Farrar is a Professor of Chemistry at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He has held several roles in the senior administration. From 2007 to 2015, he served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBC. During university presidential transition from 2015 to 2016, he served as Advisor to the President and then Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.

As Provost, Dr. Farrar had responsibility for the academic mandate of UBC as its Vancouver campus and provided leadership in planning, policy development and management of resources to achieve UBC’s strategic goals. The portfolio encompassed 12 faculties, as well as academic support divisions such as the Library, Information Technology, Continuing Studies, Enrollment services and units with responsibility for supporting teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Farrar came to UBC from The University of Toronto where he served as Deputy-Provost and Vice-Provost Students with responsibility for all central enrollment, student affairs and student service activities.

Dr. Farrar received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from The University of Toronto, and his doctorate from The University of Western Ontario. He was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Cambridge and a faculty member at The University of Toronto for 26 years. He has authored and co-authored over 8- technical papers, holds five patents, and has supervised more than 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Farrar has served on several boards.


Janna Fox, Director

Janna Fox joined the Paragon Board in August 2015. She completed her doctoral degree at McGill University with a specialization in second language testing, and is currently Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS), and Director of the Language Assessment and Testing Research Unit at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She teaches courses on research methods, language testing and curriculum within the graduate program in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies.

Janna is known for her development and validation of high-stakes language tests and assessment practices in such contexts as immigration, citizenship, university admission, and second language education. She was the principal developer of the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, which was purchased by Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. in 2015.

Janna’s research is published in Language Testing, TESOL Quarterly, Curriculum Inquiry, and the Journal of Written Communication. Recently, she was the guest editor of the special issue on language assessment in Canada for Language Assessment Quarterly. She has served as Treasurer for the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), and was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Language Assessment/Association canadienne pour l’évaluation des langues (CALA/ACEL).


J.P. Heale, Observer

J.P. Heale has worked at University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at The University of British Columbia since 2001, most recently in the capacity of Managing Director. The UILO is an organization of 28 people who are responsible for the commercialization of University research and also negotiating research contracts between the University and industry, not-for-profit, and government entities. Every year the UILO generates over $8 million in revenues from licensing and liquidated equity, and executes $150 million in research contracts.

J.P. graduated from UBC in 1997 with a doctorate from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and subsequently worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate. J.P. received an MBA from Simon Fraser University in 2001 while working as Manager of Business Development for a UBC spin-off biotech company. In 2001, J.P. joined the UILLO and took on the role of Managing Director in August of 2015. J.P. enjoys participating in the creation of spin-off companies based on University technologies, and was active in the formation of Indel Therapeutics, ViDA Therapeutics, Boreal Genomics, Sirius Genomics, and ELIX Technologies, which have raised over $50 million in private capital.


 Stephen Smith, Director

Stephen Smith has been involved in information technology for over 25 years as a programmer, project manager and technology licensing manager. He has been involved in company start ups, financing and acquisitions.

Stephen founded in 2000 where he served as CEO and Chair of the Board until 2013. 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.`


Donald Wehrung, Director

Donald Wehrung is Chief Executive Officer, 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 Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management from the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia where he 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. His research and teaching is in the areas of statistical decision theory, and mathematical programming.

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 internal undergraduate students increased from 450 students to 3500.


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