Executive in Residence Program
University of Saskatchewan Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EinR)
An Entrepreneur-in-Residence can be an opportunity for students, staff and researchers to have ready access to executives that bring a "real world" perspective to research.
The Industry Liaison Office's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program supports this opportunity by recruiting a successful local entrepreneur to work within a specific College with researchers, professors, staff and students (stakeholders). The goal is to encourage new thinking for research goals by looking at how their research outcome could be applied in a commercial setting. It is anticipated that the EinR would help determine the commercial potential of existing research and help identify and support efforts to have technology commercialized.
Working with a specific College or Department, the EinR will also collaborate on the development of new educational events based on their specific industry knowledge. Creating outreach programs to local businesses is also an important part of the program.
What EinR Program Requires from Colleges and Departments
The Industry Liaison Office coordinates and supports this program financially. To really make the program a success, we also need a commitment from the participating college or department to provide a lead who will:
- Participate in the selection of the EinR candidate
- Introduce the EinR to the college / department
- Identify and provide support to organize speaking opportunities
- Continued promotion throughout the length of the program
- Provide occasional office space with phone / email access
What EinR Requires from Potential CandidatesWe are always seeking future EinR candidates and work to determine what College or Department would be the best fit. To find out more, please contact Laurel Reich, 966-4851 and check out our Q & A page.
What EinR Offers Students, Staff and Researchers.
The EinR Program offers:
- A one-on-one meeting with an experienced, innovative and highly successful entrepreneur
- Ideas and feedback on the business concept, strategy or venture
- The chance to learn best practices for starting a business
- Insight into specific industries or markets
- The opportunity to broaden professional network
- Potential opportunity for a relationship to grow out of this meeting, if it is mutually beneficial
Please note that EIR meetings are not recruiting or fundraising visits.
The Mitacs Industry Executive in Residence—Minerals (MIER-Minerals) will identify and create new research initiatives that will lead to innovation in the minerals sector, strengthening companies and enhancing Canada’s economy.
The MIER-Minerals is the first of several such positions Mitacs will support nationally across various industry sectors. The goal is to support innovation, research and training to enhance the global competitiveness of these industries and encourage collaboration between companies and universities across Canada.
Engin Özberk, IMII executive director and senior technical advisor, will assume the role of the MIER—Minerals at the U of S.
“With more than 40 years of experience and national leadership in the minerals research and innovation sector and strong relationships with Saskatchewan’s leading potash, uranium and other minerals companies, Özberk is ideally positioned to catalyze industry-researcher collaborations for a world-class minerals industry,” said Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research. “Through this exciting new partnership, students will have the skills, knowledge and training to seamlessly transition to jobs in this burgeoning industry.”
“This partnership among the University of Saskatchewan, the IMII and Mitacs will play a leading role in supporting innovation within Canada’s mining and minerals sector,” said Arvind Gupta, Mitacs CEO and scientific director.
“We are proud to be part of a partnership that brings academic research together with industry-driven requirements to produce real outcomes benefiting the sector and the economy. We extend a warm welcome to Engin Özberk and look forward to working with him to build company-university collaborations and train the next generation of researchers with the skills required by this dynamic industry.”
Working with the U of S College of Engineering and other academic units, Özberk will focus on eight areas of strategic importance to the minerals industry: workplace health and safety, environmental sustainability, exploration, mining, processing, social license, policy research and economics of global commodities.
These themes have been identified through industry-researcher consultations undertaken by IMII, a non-profit organization funded jointly by Saskatchewan industry and government to support research, increase education and training, and help address the shortage of specialists in mining engineering and sciences needed by the minerals industry.
Özberk will also work with other Saskatchewan and Canadian post-secondary institutions to build relationships and multi-disciplinary projects across the country, as well as internationally in these priority areas.
“I am honored to be selected for this first-of-its-kind position,” Özberk said. “This first MIER will create a blueprint for forging new industry-university collaborations, while training the next generation of skilled innovators these industries need to compete in the global minerals marketplace.”
He noted that Saskatchewan’s significant minerals sector—one of Saskatchewan’s three core economic engines—is poised for growth. The Saskatchewan Mining Association estimates the minerals industry will invest more than $43 billion in new projects over the next 20 years.
Depending on the number of projects involved, combined investment by IMII and Mitacs could exceed $1 million over two years, Özberk said. He noted IMII has committed to invest about $6 million over the next four years for seven education, training, research, and development projects at universities, SIAST, and regional colleges, including a mining engineering option program at the U of S.
“Our government congratulates Mitacs, IMII and the U of S on their partnership which will help to strengthen Western Canada’s international engagement through innovation, research and training,” said the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Strong bonds between industry, institutions and government will result in increased opportunities for all Canadians.”
“Our government is committed to facilitating innovation and research opportunities for Saskatchewan students,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “Partnerships between the private sector and post-secondary institutions provide our students valuable experience as they transition from learning to earning, thereby fueling our growing economy and province.”