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Appointee Biographies

Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON)


Karima Bawa has been serving as a Chair since March 2022. Karima is Managing Partner at Karima Bawa Law Corporation, and Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for 3D Bridge Solutions Inc. Karima’s community involvement includes serving as Technical Committee Expert for the OP Management Standard Committee (ISO 50505),Standards Council of Canada.


Karen helps Canadian companies of all sizes develop and commercialize digital technology breakthroughs, by creating new intellectual property and catalyzing growth for Canadian companies. She aims to bring together businesses, academia, community, and government agencies to solve big challenges. Karen has led some of the most complex “firsts” and “never-done-before” initiatives in the information technology, healthcare, and financial services sectors. By applying her broad experience in leading complex programs at global, national, and regional scales, she brings a strategic, yet pragmatic perspective to world-class initiatives. Karen holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She is a Member of the Board of Directors and the Finance & Audit and Quality Committees of Halton Healthcare and also serves as a Canadian representative on the International Advisory Committee on TRIUMF - Canada's particle accelerator centre located in Vancouver.


Dan Herman is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and advisor to government agencies on innovation policy and programs. He has held executive roles in both the public and private sector and has co-founded two startups in the software and media industries. He was previously the head of innovation policy for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, as well as the co-founder of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre). Dan holds a PhD in political economy, focused on the role of government in the promotion of domestic innovation from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University.


Paul Paolatto, MBA, ICD.D is veteran corporate executive, restructuring specialist, entrepreneur and governance leader. His most recent roles include serving as; Chief Operating Officer at Western University’s School of Medicine & Dentistry, Chief Executive Officer of Western Research Parks, and WORLDiscoveries, one of the nation’s largest commercialization and technology transfer programs, and the only program of its kind to establish a permanent presence in Asia. Paul also led several Western-owned start-up companies across an array of market sectors including environmental technology, data management and medical device development. Prior to joining Western, Paul worked extensively in the private sector, successfully revitalizing two software development companies on behalf of its VC-backed owners, and restoring $200MM energy services business that included over 800,000 customers and 2,500 employees across the province of Ontario. Paul has also been active in his local community, having served on the Boards of the London Police Services, London Economic Development Corporation, London Small Business Centre, Techalliance and Children’s Hospital Foundation.


Elliot Fung is a vocal supporter of the local tech ecosystem, Elliot has spend the last 25 years in various technology and public service leadership roles. This includes seven years at BlackBerry, helping to adopt and commercialize cutting edge enterprise-level technology with some of BlackBerry’s largest global partners. He has also served two terms on municipal council in the Township of Wilmot and one term as the Vice Chairperson of the Waterloo Regional School Board. He is the former Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Ontario Health, where he brokered relationships between health service providers and the robust tech and social innovation communities in Waterloo, evangelizing new health technologies, processes and social innovations. Currently, he is the Executive Director at the Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX) in Kitchener, a non-profit tech hub dedicated to helping scaling Canadian medtech companies to succeed. Elliot studied Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.