IP Intensive Placements

Placement Organizations (Fall 2020)

For the Fall 2020 term the following entities participated in the IP Intensive program as a placement organization.

Alectra Utilities

Alectra Utilities is an electricity utility and distributor that serves several municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario providing safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions to families and businesses. Alectra Utilities is the culmination of four progressive, low cost and innovative electricity distributors that came together for a common goal – to be a single trusted ally in the rapidly changing world of energy.

AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
Astrazeneca is a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription medicines that make a meaningful difference in healthcare. This internship will involve assisting t he Legal Department and Government Affairs team with projects related to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and researching IP and regulatory frameworks in select jurisdictions.


The BEST program supports entrepreneurial programs and initiatives at Lassonde focused on enabling engineering students to develop business skills and understand what it takes to launch a start up enterprise. BEST offers students opportunities to interact with entrepreneurs, advisors, alumni and partners in the local ecosystem.

Canadian Heritage
The Copyright Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage, in co-operation with the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate of ISED is responsible for formulating and implementing an integrated Canadian copyright policy. The internship involves work that has domestic and international scope.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
CIPO is responsible for the administration and processing of intellectual property rights in Canada. The internship may involve one or more areas of CIPO’s work, including the Patent Branch, Patent Appeal Board, Trade-marks Branch, Trade-marks Opposition Board, Copyright and Industrial Design Branch, and the Policy Branch.

CBC is a Canadian Crown corporation that serves as the national public radio, television and digital broadcaster. It is the oldest existing broadcasting network in Canada and is considered a Canadian cultural institution. This internship may involve work related to copyright licensing and enforcement, fair dealing, and defamation.

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd is a music licensing collective representing music rights holders who range in size from large multinational music publishers to individual songwriters. Together, they own or administer the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licences to individuals or organizations for the reproduction of songs on various media.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Copyright and International Intellectual Property Policy Branch

The Copyright and International Intellectual Property Policy Directorate advises the government on copyright and international intellectual property matters and develops specific policy proposals and legislative initiatives in these areas. The internship would involve this work and could involve matters associated with representing Canada’s interests internationally.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Performance and Partnerships

Performance and Partnerships branch is responsible for Innovation Canada’s partnerships, outreach, governance, data strategy and analytics, evaluation, and strategic planning. It also supports the delivery of the Strategic Innovation Fund and serves to support the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, the Innovative Solutions Canada and the National Research Council. Activities of this branch include advising on IP clauses in contribution agreements, reviewing recipients’ IP strategies, ensuring adequate IP supports for SMEs, designing survey questions to measure IP outcomes.

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective that administers the performing rights of more than 100,000 composer, author and m usic publisher members by licensing the use of their music in Canada. This internship is expected to involve a major piece of copyright litigation as well as other projects.

TEVA Canada Limited
Teva makes brand-name and over-the-counter medicines and is the world’s leading provided of generic medicines. Teva ranks among the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world and is active in 60 countries.

The Globe & Mail
The Globe and Mail is a nationally-distributed newspaper with one of the largest circulations in Canada. It is known for being an early provider of digital media and device-agnostic in the delivery of its content. This internship may involve work related to copyright litigation and the roll-out of a privacy policy.

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and stimulates curiosity and thought.


VentureLAB helps entrepreneurs to bring their technology to market. It is the York Region partner in Ontario’s Network of Excellence (ONE), a network designed to help commercialize ideas in the ICT and Life Sciences sectors.