Murray, Dr. James W.

1998 Winner: Outstanding Contribution To The Alberta Science And Technology Community

Dr. Jim Murray has attained international recognition for his efforts in University based technology transfer, first in British Columbia and more recently in Alberta. As Associate Vice-President (Research / Industry Relations) and Director of the Industry Liaison Office at the University of Alberta he has been involved in dramatically increasing the number of it’s spin-off companies. Since 1994 the Industry Liaison Office has facilitated the creation of 33 commercially viable organizations, placing the University of Alberta first in Canada and second in North America.

Under Jim’s leadership, in 1997 the University of Alberta was first in Canada in the value of royalties generated by the numerous patents and licenses issued. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network, Jim has worked tirelessly to ensure the Network put its best foot forward in the crucial competition for renewed funding and to have the Network headquarters brought to Alberta. Dr. Murray has recently been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology – Expert Panel on the Commercialization of University Research.

Dr. Murray sits on a number Boards which include: Economic Development Edmonton, Research Technology Management Inc., the NSERC Technology Partnership Program, and is a founding member of the Western Canadian University Technology Network. Dr. Murray writes a column for Edmontonians magazine and recently won the Smart Business Awards at the first annual Edmonton Smart City Awards Ceremony. He is a native Albertan and an inveterate promoter of the role of the University in modern society.