Examining Best Practices of Engineers Who Have Commercialized Technologies - ON-088

Preferred Disciplines: Engineering or Business or Social Sciences – Masters Level
Company: Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Project Length: 4 months
Desired start date: August 1, 2017 onward
Location: Toronto, Ontario
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Toronto/Hamilton Universities

About the Company: 

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is the voice of the engineering profession in Ontario. We represent the entire engineering community, including professional engineers, engineering graduates and students who work or will work in several of the most strategic sectors of Ontario’s economy.

Project Description:

What are the characteristics of engineers who have successfully taken innovative technologies to market? What will foster more entrepreneurship among engineers? The research objective is to identify Best Practices employed by engineers who have commercialized innovative technologies and determine the foundations and variables that contributed to their success, including scaling-up. 

Research Objectives:

  • Analyze and quantify factors that directly contribute to engineers successfully commercializing innovative technologies and scaling-up operations
  • Create inventory of Best Practices to share with other engineers to foster more entrepreneurship in the profession, and of barriers that prevent some engineers from taking worthwhile innovations to market


  • Interview engineer entrepreneurs who have commercialized innovative technologies; develop case studies based on their experiences
  • Survey broad array of entrepreneurs to determine if engineers have unique characteristics compared to those from other disciplines
  • Conduct environmental scan of Ontario engineering programs to identify entrepreneurial components in required course or electives
  • Leverage OSPE’s relationship with Brookfield Institute and Regional Innovation Centres to collaborate on research

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Knowledge and awareness of the role of engineers in development of innovative technologies
    • Interviewing, survey design, and data analysis skills and experience
    • Knowledge of entrepreneurial sector, business incubators, and ways to identify where entrepreneurs are located
    • Understanding of business skills such as planning, operations, financing, etc.

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