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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 Quality Committee 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.


Sally Jean Daub has been serving as a member (part-time) since March 2022. Sally is Founder and Managing Partner at Pool Ventures, Founder and Chairman of Altis Labs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wrmth, and Founder of BorderPass.


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.


Hongwei Liu is the CEO of Mappedin, a Waterloo based indoor mapping company working with customers across 40 countries and maintaining a digital source of truth for over 1 billion square feet of indoor space. He has led the company’s growth from the founding team to the 85-person operation based out of their Waterloo office. Hongwei grew up in Ottawa and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Hongwei has been involved with various not-for-profit initiatives including serving on the board of The Forge McMaster, the Grand River Hospital Foundation, and most recently IP Ontario (IPON).


Maura Campbell, Ph.D. is the President and CEO, of the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO®), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing health technology innovation and commercialization. Dr. Campbell has over 30 years of commercialization experience in all key sectors of biotech, including private and public companies, universities and research institutes, and government-funded public sector research organizations. Dr. Campbell helped spin out Turnstone Biologics from Intellectual Property (IP) developed at three Ontario academic institutes and had a significant role in raising over $370 million (U.S.) through private financings and pharma-licenses. Previously, Dr. Campbell was the Director of IP at VBI Vaccines, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), PainCeptor Pharma Corporation and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Dr. Campbell has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen’s University.


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 is a highly-experienced C-Suite Executive and Entrepreneur.