NextGen CTO Program

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The NextGen CTO Program aims to develop the next generation of CTOs (Chief Technology/Technical Officers). CTOs are important executive-level positions especially in innovation-driven companies as they lead the technology department and oversee the development and innovation of new products and services. CTOs must understand the importance of intellectual property (IP) and how IP can be leveraged strategically to grow their businesses.

Participants will gain an understanding of various forms of IP and develop IP savviness that will give them a competitive advantage in their future careers, whether as a CTO at their own startup or for other organizations.

This program is open to students from all faculties, as well as business owners, entrepreneurs, and like-minded people in our community. We invite anyone who wants to learn more about leveraging Intellectual Property in their projects and businesses to apply.

Throughout the 5-week program, participants will learn key skills, competencies and know-how through a carefully selected combination of:

  • Online learning modules designed to provide an accessible learning environment that fits the participant’s schedule
  • Virtual workshops with engaging speakers
  • Lectures led by specialists in intellectual property
  • Group discussions to diversify participant knowledge
  • Case studies that show IP strategy in action

Participants are expected to complete assigned online modules before weekly webinars delivered by distinguished speakers. Weekly webinars will take place every Friday from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have:

  • Gained an understanding of different types of IP
  • Learned various ways to leverage IP in business strategy
  • Learned how different IP can interact
  • Received training on IP Licensing as well as IP protection and enforcement


Participants will also receive:

  • Access to Centre for International Governance Innovation online learning modules
  • Opportunities to interact with notable specialists in Intellectual Property
  •  A certificate of completion and micro-credential badge that can be acknowledged on resumes, LinkedIn, and business webpages
  • Access to the EPICentre network

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort are now closed. Please check back later for Winter 2022 key dates!

Key Dates 

The Fall 2021 cohort will run for 5 weeks from the end of October through the month of November.

Week Topics Virtual Meeting Date/Time
Week 1 Kick-off and Orientation Oct 22 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Week 2 Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and IP Strategy Oct 29 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Week 3 Exploring different types of IP Nov 5 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Week 4 Leveraging IP in Business Strategy Nov 12 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Week 5 Lessons learned from a Startup and Program Conclusion Nov 19 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Applications Open:

  • Monday, September 27th, 2021

Applications Close:

  • Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

Program Start Date & Orientation:

  • Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Program End Date:

  • Friday, November 19th, 2021

Contact with any questions.

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