Our People

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Stephen Bowley

Stephen Bowley
Assistant Director
Plant Germplasm IP

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 58704

email: sbowley@uoguelph.ca

Office: Room 408, Crop Science Building

Stephen helps to manage the University’s Plant Germplasm Intellectual Property, including licensing, technology option, transfer and allied agreements. An associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, he received his B.Sc. (Agr.) and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Guelph and his PhD in plant breeding at the University of Kentucky. His research area is the genetic improvement of perennial forage crops with particular emphasis on the application of biotechnology within conventional breeding systems.


Steve De Brabandere

Steve De Brabandere
Associate Director

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 54916


Steve has worked with a wide variety of researchers and their IP over the years, and has successfully negotiated dozens of licence agreements. As Associate Director, directs his extensive experience to support the Director and the technology transfer managers, and helps to manage the University's technology transfer process.

Steve has a Master of Biotechnology degree from the University of Toronto and a MBA from University of Guelph.  His background also includes a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Guelph, and experience in agricultural production.


David Hobson

David Hobson
Manager, Technology Transfer

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 58859


David provides support, advice and expertise in commercializing technology developed at the Ontario Veterinary College and University of Guelph. Before entering the field of technology transfer, David spent 8 years in the pharmaceutical industry (Johnson & Johnson), 3 years in private small animal veterinary medicine, and assisted the Canadian and U.K. governments with foreign animal disease outbreaks of avian influenza and foot and mouth disease. He is a mechanical engineer (P.Eng.) from the University of Waterloo and a licensed veterinarian (DVM) from the University of Guelph and has a doctorate in laboratory animal science (DVSc.). He has experience in engineering, marketing, management, veterinary medicine and biomedical research.

David Hobson

Tyler Zemlak
Technology Transfer Officer

Ph.D. Biology & Genetics

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 53808


In his role as Technology Transfer Officer, Tyler works closely with other members of our team to find new ways that knowledge and innovation can benefit business and society. His primary responsibilities include protecting and promoting research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups. Before entering the field of technology transfer, Tyler spent 2 years in business development roles at the University of Guelph and an additional 2 years working on startups in the areas of food safety and healthcare. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his young family, gardening and playing pick-up hockey.   


Gregor Lawson

Gregor Lawson
Industry Liaison Officer
OMAFRA-funded Research

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 53351

As the Industry Liaison Officer for the Catalyst Centre, Gregor supports the initiation and development of strategic collaborative partnerships between researchers and industry. Gregor has an MSci in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde. He completed his PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University in 2010, specializing in polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. Prior to joining the University of Guelph, Gregor worked in a business development role with Mitacs and most recently, in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at Ryerson University. In addition to his experience in partnership development, Gregor brings to the Catalyst Centre an extensive knowledge of government funding programs supporting applied and collaborative research.

Laurie Gallinger
Technology Transfer & Agreements Assistant

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 58882

email: lgalling@uoguelph.ca

Laurie is the Technology Transfer and Agreements Assistant for the Catalyst Centre. She is the primary interface between the Catalyst Centre staff and external patent agents, ensuring patent prosecution runs smoothly and all patent deadlines are met. Laurie has a Legal Assistant Diploma from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology.

David Hobson

Melissa Williams
Office Coordinator

(519) 824-4120, Ext. 58878


Melissa is the Office Coordinator for the Catalyst Centre. She liaises with the Catalyst Centre staff and the University administration to help keep the office running smoothly. Melissa’s is the smiling face that will greet you when visiting the Catalyst Centre.

Meaghan Gibson

Hosni Taky Elden
Intellectual Property Accounts

(519)-824-4120, Ext. 52557

email: htakyel@uoguelph.ca

As the Intellectual Property Accounts Administrator, Hosni Taky Elden is responsible for creating and updating financial summaries for intellectual property (IP) accounts and for the semi-annual distribution of IP royalties as per the approved Inventions Policy. Hosni holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Accounting major) from the University of Alexandria (Egypt) and a Postgraduate Insurance Diploma from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt). In addition, he is currently working through his CGA designation. Hosni brings to our department more than fifteen years of experience as senior accountant in a number of international and Canadian companies.