Innovation permeates CIGI’s research, leading to new approaches and new partnerships. Through economic, legal and political lenses, CIGI focuses on understanding, and helping to shape, the policies that foster innovation, promote diffusion of knowledge and know-how, and raise productivity and security, in partnership with international organizations, the Government of Canada and others. Research on innovation and trade also focuses on the interaction between international intellectual property architecture and mega trade arrangements.

CIGI is developing best practices and strategies to increase awareness of intellectual property rights and create an integrated innovation ecosystem that enables innovators to compete effectively in the domestic and global knowledge economy. CIGI contributes research on appropriate legal frameworks to address emerging intellectual property issues.

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Bassem Awad

Senior Fellow

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

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Margo A. Bagley 

Senior Fellow

Margo A. Bagley is a CIGI senior fellow, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. 

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Karima Bawa

Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

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Joël Blit

Senior Fellow

Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation.

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Wil Burns

Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow focused on research on climate geoengineering governance. He holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.

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Dan Ciuriak

Senior Fellow

Dan Ciuriak is a CIGI senior fellow. Dan is exploring the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade and investment, including the development of better metrics to assess the impact of Canada’s trade agreements on innovation outcomes.

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Bernard Colas

Senior Fellow

Bernard Colas is a CIGI senior fellow, effective August 2016. He is also a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal. 

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Jorge Contreras

Senior Fellow

Jorge Contreras is a CIGI senior fellow. He is a leading scholar on intellectual property (IP) law, scientific research policy and technology standards development. 

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Roger Cox

Senior Fellow

Roger Cox is a CIGI senior fellow, effective September 2015. An expert in climate change law, he is a partner at the Dutch law firm Paulussen Advocaten.

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