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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Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji is chair of the ILRP’s expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

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Sara Seck

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

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Margaret Skok

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margaret Skok is a CIGI senior fellow, effective April 2015. She has held several positions within the department and agencies of the Canadian government, including with the foreign service. At CIGI, Margaret is focusing on Central Asia, exploring the major security challenges, as well as the governance and institutional architecture of the region.

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Samantha St. Amand

Senior Research Associate, Global Economy

Samantha St. Amand is a CIGI senior research associate in the Global Economy Program. She has a B.A. (honours) in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Waterloo. Samantha previously worked as a research assistant at the Viessmann European Research Centre in Waterloo.

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Myra J. Tawfik

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Myra J. Tawfik leads a project that explores strategies for capacity-building in intellectual property (IP) literacy, IP strategy and access to cost-effective and meaningful IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Myra is also the EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy and the academic director and founder of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Windsor.

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Andrew Torrance

CIGI SENIOR FELLOW

Andrew Torrance is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective July 2016. He is also the Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.

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Basil Ugochukwu

Research Fellow, ILRP

Basil Ugochukwu is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.B. (Common Law) from Abia State University, an LL.M. from Central European University in Hungary, a teaching certificate from York University and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. At CIGI, he will research how legal reasoning in environmental cases supports or displaces the efforts to link environmental practices to corporate social responsibility. 

Brigitte Vézina

Brigitte Vézina

CIGI Fellow

Brigitte Vézina is a fellow with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and an international intellectual property (IP) law consultant at Brigitte Vézina – Law & Culture.

Bianca Wylie

Bianca Wylie

Senior Fellow

Bianca Wylie is a CIGI senior fellow. Her main areas of interest are procurement and public sector technology. Beyond her role at CIGI, Bianca leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. Her work at CIGI focuses on examining Canadian data and technology policy decisions and their alignment with democratically informed policy and consumer protection.

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