About Dal Innovates


Dal Innovates provides opportunities for students and faculty at Dalhousie University to explore and experience innovation and entrepreneurship and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to translate new ideas into innovations.  We empower our students & faculty to be the best innovators, creators and entrepreneurs and make an impact on local and global challenges.

The flow of the Dal Innovates programming will follow a logical sequence which can lead students and researchers through a path to innovation and entrepreneurship, recognizing that the actual path of students and researchers will often not follow this sequence precisely each time.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Steering Committee

Dal Innovates is made possible by the involvement of committed champions of innovation across the university to provide strategic guidance to ensure coordination and best use of resources

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee – Terms of Reference


  • Alice Aiken (Chair), Vice President Research and Innovation
  • Chris Moore, Dean, Faculty of Science and Associate Vice President Academic
  • David Gray, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
  • Stephen Hartlen, Assistant Vice President of Industry Relations, Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement
  • Matt Hebb,  Assistant Vice President, Government Relations
  • Vivian Howard, Associate Vice President Academic
  • Brenda Merritt, Dean, Faculty of Health
  • Jeff Larsen, Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Ian Nason, Vice President Finance and Administration
  • John Newhook, Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dean, Faculty of Computer Science
  • Ian Hill, Acting Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Jennifer Morawiecki, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management Committee

The IEMC at Dalhousie helps coordinate the innovation and entrepreneurship activities and programs to create the best experiences for students, faculty and ventures.  By supporting the work of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, the IEMC helps our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem continue to develop and grow.


  • Jeff Larsen, Chair
  • Dr. Aaron Newman, Surge
  • Akram Al-Otumi, ShiftKey Labs
  • Jason Grant, Cultiv8
  • Dr. Jenny Baechler
  • Spencer Giffin, Dal Innovates
  • Dr. Clifton Johnston, Emera ideaHUB
  • Leslie McNabb, CDL-Atlantic