Chris Evans is currently the Senior Director of Operations (and acting Executive Director) of the Strategic Innovation Fund within Innovation Canada, having previously held a similar role with the Industrial Technologies Office. In his current role, Mr. Evans is responsible for the assessment of applications and contracting of contribution agreements supporting business innovation in all sectors of the economy. Prior to joining the Industrial Technologies Office in 2014, Mr. Evans was the Chairman of the Patent Appeal Board, an adjudicative advisory body at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office whose primary role is to provide advice to the Commissioner of Patents on how to dispose of contested patent applications. He joined the public service in 2001, as a Research Officer at the National Research Council’s Institute for Aerospace Research, but spent the majority of his career in various positions at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Mr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carleton University.