Our Team

Our team of entrepreneurs, intellectual property and legal specialists, and business experts helps industry leaders and SFU researchers solve real-world problems.

Trevor Davis, PhD

Acting Director




Ben Chow, MBA

Sr. Technology Manager

Ben has consulted and led initiatives at the senior management level including intellectual property portfolio management, investor relations, new market entry, government relations and strategic relationships. He has over 20 years of corporate development experience in both small, entrepreneurial environments as well as large, publicly traded corporations across sectors such as mining, clean technology, industrial equipment and media & entertainment.  Ben is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia.



Isabelle Ciobanu, MSc, MBA

Sr. Technology Manager

Isabelle Ciobanu is responsible for interacting with University researchers to identify new technologies and to assess their commercial potential and suitability for patent or copyright protection. Isabelle’s approach to research mobilization includes effective collaboration with the principal investigators to determine the marketability of the research, the publication schedule, and the patenting and intellectual property protection strategy. Isabelle has previously worked as an active researcher in Cleantech industry.



Elizabeta Cubaleska, BASc

Manager, Intellectual Property

Elizabeta is an Intellectual Property professional with extensive experience in determining aspects and scopes of inventions suitable for patent protection. She develops patenting strategies for intellectual property portfolios and manages the intellectual property assessment process, by conducting due diligence and evaluations of inventions. Elizabeta identifies new technologies that have potential for licensing, evaluates market potential, manages patent prosecution and active licenses, and negotiates and drafts legal documents.



Nicky Dhaliwal, MMgt

Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives | Office of the Vice-President, Research

Nicky Dhaliwal is a management professional with skills acquired in strategic planning, communications, and program management and analysis. Nicky is responsible for administering and implementing high priority strategic initiatives within the Office of the Vice-President, Research portfolio. She takes a multi-dimensional approach in her role, facilitating communication, consultation, and engagement activities with the aim to increase the profile of the VPR Office's strategic initiatives to both the SFU Community and Industry.



Sara Khosravi, PhD

Senior Technology Manager



Stephanie Mui, JD

Legal Counsel

Stephanie advises IE clients on various legal issues relating to commercial transactions, intellectual property, and licensing.  In addition to her legal background, Stephanie has a strong business advisory skill set, having previously worked as a management consultant advising public and private sector clients on operations, human capital and strategic business issues.


Ashly Wang, BA

Projects and Administration Assistant

Ashly is the first point of contact at SFU's IE and provides project and administrative assistance for the IE team.  Her clear understanding of the personalities, and skills available, along with being highly versed in the patenting process, allows her to keep client projects moving forward.  Ashly also sits on the board of a local not for profit and is a tutor for at risk youth.



David Woods, PhD

Program Manager

David Woods is a research development and management expert with his current role aimed at leading large institutional funding initiatives including projects under the auspices of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. David has wide-ranging experience in building and developing research partnerships between academic, industry and other key stakeholders, and has also previously worked as an active researcher and in the IT industry. His approach to advancing research projects includes utilizing innovative methodologies, precise analysis and effective communications.