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     The Insight For Innovation
     Workshop Series

     Workshop 1: Finding Funding


Tyson Champagne 
(613) 417-0339 


Tuesday January 29, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

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Innovation Park 
945 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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How to find funding that works for your
innovative business or technology


This first workshop in the Insight for Innovation Workshop series will focus on real-life strategies and tactics for aspiring Canadian companies looking to take their product to a world stage and make a substantial revenue impact. 

From Albert Behr, founder of Behr & Associates, attendees will hear a presentation on Bridging The Canadian Commercialization Gap and get a unique opportunity for one on one networking with representatives from Canada's top government funding organizations, including:

  • National Research Council - Industry Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Mitacs
  • Queen's Industry Partnerships
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Launch Lab

Albert Behr is widely recognized for successfully accelerating the commercialization of many IT and CleanTech businesses in the past decade and many of his clients have grown to become world standard setters and substantive acquisition targets.

Join us and learn how to close the commercialization gap and take your company, service, or product to the next level.

A grab and go lunch is included with the workshop.

Speaker Bio:

Albert Behr - Behr & Associates Inc.

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Albert Behr, in his 20 years of professional experience, has led both the financing and operational execution of some of North America's and Asia's most famous technology companies. Prior to his current work of assisting/funding numerous cleantech and information technology companies at the executive and board-level through his company, Behr & Associates Inc., Albert was involved in Investment Banking funding and operationally driving some of the most promising technology firms in Canada.

He assisted in the funding and performed the function of Chief Strategy Officer for BorderWare Technologies, a leading vendor of network security products. Also Albert has performed the role of COO of NRG Group, a TSE-listed venture capital firm. Before that, Albert was Vice President Marketing and Product Management for Platform Computing Corporation, a Toronto-based enterprise load-balancing software firm. Internationally, Albert was VP Marketing and Product Management for Seattle-based Sequel Corporation, specializing in Internet access and control software for Fortune 1000 and Government customers, and Senior Director of Marketing for Symantec Corporation in Silicon Valley, California. He joined Symantec following the $560 million acquisition of Delrina, where he was Senior Director of Marketing. Before that, Albert resided in Tokyo Japan and had the role of Director International Marketing for Fujitsu Corporation. Albert has also held numerous other senior product management, marketing, and business development positions in North America and Europe for AT&T and NCR.

Albert earned an MBA in High Technology Marketing and Finance from North Dakota State University in the United States and an Undergraduate Degree in Economics and Psychology from University of Manitoba in Canada.

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Save The Date:

Communicating The Value Of Your Innovation, the second workshop in the Insight For Innovation series, will be taking place on February 19, 2013.



The Insight For Innovation Speaker Series has been made possible through funding from the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program.