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Simon Fraser University


In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you’ll find Simon Fraser University. Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

Our vision? To be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. Our vision commits SFU to becoming a world leader in knowledge mobilization, renowned for its capacity to disseminate knowledge and to harness new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society. Our commitment rests on a solid foundation of, and continuing commitment to, fundamental research.

SFU researchers work across the arts, humanities and sciences to advance knowledge in key areas set out in the Strategic Research Plan. As a community engaged university, SFU boldly seeks opportunities to address critical societal issues and complex challenges through principled, accountable and responsive collaboration and partnership. We enable community engagement as a method for teaching, learning, research and creative activity, and we work with community to co-create and cultivate knowledge and understanding for the purpose of achieving positive social and economical change through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Technology Licensing Office

SFU is among Canada’s fastest growing research intensive universities in Canada. Our sponsored research income has grown by 86% over the past 10 years, reaching $167.3M in 2020.

The university ensures that, wherever possible, these research-based developments get out into the world to drive innovation and change. The Technology Licensing Office (TLO) is a key part of this innovation strategy. TLO’s mission is to move innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify SFU’s social and economical impact. The TLO team focuses specifically on protecting and licensing technology and other IP. If the innovation is ready for market, staff will lead the development of a patent protection strategy, including patent management, portfolio management and patent analysis for SFU inventors. We cultivate an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridge connections from SFU’s research community to industry and start-ups, by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

The TLO is a key piece of the university’s innovation framework, which includes SFU programs like Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®, our flagship program for early-stage ventures, and SFU Venture Labs, our business accelerator.