College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Appoints Interim CEO and Registrar
The Transition Board of Directors of the new College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents is pleased to announce the appointment of Darrel Pink as its interim Chief Executive Officer and Registrar. Mr. Pink has over thirty years’ experience in professional regulation as the long-time executive director of the legal regulator in Nova Scotia. Since his retirement in 2018, he has been working with professional regulatory bodies across Canada to improve regulatory and governance processes.
Thomas G. Conway, Board Chair said “ The Board is delighted that Darrel Pink, with his knowledge, experience and expertise in professional regulation in Canada has agreed to will be a significant resource to establishing the College as fully operational and nimble, public interest regulator of patent and trademark agents. Our plan is to have the College operating by the end of the year with a permanent CEO and staff in place so we can fulfill our statutory mandate” He added “Key to the long term success of the College will be establishing effective engagement with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the department responsible for the College’s work.”
The Board has instructed its new CEO to establish the College to reflect the best of modern regulators in Canada and the United Kingdom, and to focus on regulation that:
- sets clear regulatory objectives,
- focuses on risk of harm,
- will identify, monitor and report on the outcomes of its work
- has the ‘right touch’ and is proactive and proportionate
- embodies professionalism in all its work and involves licensees to enhance its overall professionalism
- is independent from its licensees, government and the interests of stakeholders
- uses data and evidence as the foundation for regulatory policies, procedures and practices.
A full bio of Mr. Pink is available at http://www.darrelpink.ca/about-2/.
Thomas G. Conway, Chair, CPATA
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