Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
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. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations.
Bernard Colas is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective August 2016. He is also a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal.
Dieter Ernst is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on unresolved challenges for the global governance of trade, intellectual property and innovation.
Jean-Frédéric Morin is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective May 2016. He is also associate professor at Laval University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy.
Steven L. Schwarcz is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2014. An expert in international and US financial law, Steven is leading research on the Financial Stability Board with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.
A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s chief operating officer and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and Internet governance.
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.