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Business Development Specialist- Innovate BC

Business Development / Développement d’affaires · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Business Development / Développement d’affaires
Employment Type Full Time Temporary / temporaire
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Do you want to be part of our innovative and entrepreneurial team?

 Do you thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and enjoy working in a team atmosphere? Are you an “outside the box” thinker who strives to implement continuous improvements? Do you take a strategic approach to your work? Do you enjoy in a fast-paced culture where your opinions are valued and respected? Do you enjoy building partnerships to solve mutually beneficial challenges?

Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that helps industry and non-profit partners solve strategic challenges by leveraging Canada’s world-class post-secondary talent and a global network of industry, academic, and government partnerships. Through these collaborations, Mitacs helps business and community partners succeed, improves students’ on-the-job skills development, and strengthens Canada’s world-class innovation ecosystem. At Mitacs, we strive to develop the next generation of innovators with vital research and business skills. In partnership with domestic and international companies, governments and academia, we support a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people. 

To get a better understanding of Mitacs and read more about our values please visit our website




  • Work closely with members of Mitacs Business Development, Research, and Programs teams to deliver high‐quality programming
  • Work closely with stakeholders at Innovate BC to fully understand the needs of industry, researchers and students, opportunities to collaborate, and identify the best programs to leverage the research and commercialization needs uncovered
  • Create and maintain a network of partners/clients in industry and academia
  • Introduce companies and not-for-profit organizations to various Mitacs and Innovate BC programs
  • Introduce companies to various university researchers
  • Provide support to the Business Development teams from both organizations, as needed, including outreach events, meetings, networking events, speaking engagements, and other activations. 
  • Provide business development support to all Mitacs programs as needed
  • Provide business development and student engagement support to Innovate BC


  • Recent PhD (within 1‐2 years), ideally from a BC university


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Enthusiastic and high‐energy self‐starter
  • Team player
  • Ability to think creatively and try new things
  • Desire to pursue a career outside of research and academia
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high performance culture


Mitacs fosters a culture where creativity, innovation, diversity, and inclusion are valued, encouraged and fostered. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a team-based work environment, and we are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Business Development / Développement d’affaires
  • Employment Type
    Full Time Temporary / temporaire
  • Minimum Experience