Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 8:30AM – 10:00AM MT
Online/Virtual Event

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is pleased to present another PSAC-U, this one to explore how companies in the energy sector can leverage their investments in R&D and innovation through the strategic use of intellectual property (IP) to achieve growth in Canada and abroad.

The session will feature speakers from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), law firm Smart & Biggar LLP, and BDC Capital.

ISED will provide an update on government programs and support available under Canada’s National IP Strategy, while Smart & Biggar will review the patent landscape in Canada, the legal risks involved in not protecting or respecting IP rights, and the commercial benefits that come from having a well-managed IP portfolio and roadmap. BDC Capital will introduce a new unique IP-backed funding program available exclusively to globally oriented IP-rich companies.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday February 2, 2021, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am MST.


Presentations by:

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Alistair Simpson
Managing Partner

Evan Nuttall

Lally Rementilla
Managing Partner, Intellectual Property-Backed Financing


Key topics will include:

Innovation, Science, Economic Development Canada

  • The case for innovation and IP as growth driver for Canada’s energy sector
  • Overview of Canada’s National IP Strategy, programs and support

Smart & Biggar LLP

  • Understanding the patent landscape in Canada vs the world
  • Patents and trade secrets in the oil/gas, energy services sector
  • When and why you need to file a patent, and other IP considerations
  • High stakes of IP: litigation and enforcement 101
  • Understanding legal (infringement) risks involving patent and trade secrets
  • Defending your patents and enforcing rights beyond Canadian borders

BDC Capital

  • Competing in the innovation (“intangibles”) economy
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property-backed Financing


Moderated by PSAC Interim President and CEO Elizabeth Aquin, this event is offered at NO COST. Attendees must be PSAC Core / Introductory or CAGC members.

Pre-event registration is required.


Space is limited – please register today by clicking the appropriate button below.

We hope you will be able to join us.

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Speaker Profiles:

Alistair Simpson

Alistair Simpson is the managing partner of Smart & Biggar’s Calgary office. With more than 30 years of diverse IP experience, he offers sophisticated insights that help his clients build, exploit and defend their IP assets.  Alistair’s experience extends over a wide range of industries including telecoms/computer, energy, packaging equipment, injection molding, agricultural equipment and medical device fields, and encompasses all areas of IP including procurement, transactions, exploitation, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He has significant experience with trademark and design protection and counsels small to mid-size enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, in procuring patents and other intellectual property rights.

Qualified as a lawyer/attorney and patent agent in both Canada and the U.S. (New York), Alistair skillfully advises Canadian clients with cross-border operations and interests in respect of both U.S. and Canadian patent law.

Evan Nuttall

Evan Nuttall is a partner in Smart & Biggar’s Calgary office. He is an experienced and accomplished litigator and is sought after for complex intellectual property matters by some of the leading players in the energy, oil and manufacturing sectors and has held the role of lead counsel in high-profile patent disputes. Evan’s practice focusses exclusively on complex litigation matters including infringement actions relating to patents, licensing, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs. Known as extremely diligent and capable, he employs practical knowledge of business objectives to provide solid strategic advice and acts as a forceful advocate on behalf of his clients. In Canada, he has appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Evan practiced in England as a barrister and appeared before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. He has been honoured regularly by top publications including Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation.

Lally Rementilla

Lally Rementilla is Managing Partner, Intellectual Property-Backed Financing at BDC Capital, the investment arm of the Business Development Bank of Canada. She oversees and provides strategic guidance to a national team that helps companies accelerate their growth or the commercialization of their innovation. Following nearly two decades of experience as a financial executive in the technology sector, Lally moved into investment, becoming Chief Financial Officer and then President & Chief Executive Officer of commercial lender Quantius. At Quantius, she structured and launched the company’s main fund and helped build a diverse portfolio of knowledge-based companies. Prior to that, she held financial leadership roles at Nulogy Corporation, Lavalife and Lucent Technologies Canada.

Lally is an Associate Fellow at Creative Destruction Lab and a member of Grand Challenges Canada’s investment committee. She previously served on several other boards, including Pique Ventures Investments and the Information Technology Association of Canada.

Lally is a proud supporter of Canadian innovation and derives great satisfaction from partnering with founders and management teams to help them scale. A Chartered Professional Accountant, she also holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ateneo de Manila University.