World IP Day
World IP Day

The World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on April 26, to highlight the role of intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, copyright) in fostering innovation and creativity. The day provides an annual opportunity to promote a general understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights, as well as reflect on some of the global challenges faced by the modern IP system. This year, the world IP day will be celebrated internationally under the theme Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.

CIGI will host a lunch time panel discussion featuring some dynamic and vibrant Canadian women who have made significant contributions to innovation and creativity. The panelists will shed light on their achievements and challenges, while yet reflecting on how the intellectual property system can provide support to innovative and creative women in their quest to bring ideas to the market.

Please join us for an afternoon celebrating creative and innovative women the world over!

This presentation will start promptly at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am.

Please note that on-site parking is not availble at the CIGI Campus for daytime events. Options for parking in Uptown Waterloo can be found at the following website: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/uptown.asp

Event Speakers

Peng-Sang Cau

President and CEO, Transformix Engineering Inc.

Peng Sang Cau founded Transformix Engineering in 1995 with three engineers. She has served as the company's President and CEO since 1999, guiding its transition from a local provider of engineering services to international supplier of Advanced Automation Solution.

Angela DeMontigny

Native Canadian Fashion Designer, and Founder, DeMontigny

Angela DeMontigny is an internationally-renowned, native Canadian designer.

Erin Finlay

Chief Legal Officer, Canadian Media Producers Association

Erin Finlay is chief legal officer at the Canadian Media Producers Association. She provides legal advice and strategic direction for the CMPA and its members

Alexis Black

Intellectual Property Advisor, Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Alexis Black is an intellectual property advisor with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. An Arts and Business graduate from Western University, Alexis has worked for two national law firms managing technology and intellectual property law marketing and business development portfolios.