Research navigation
Knowledge transfer
Sylviane Duval


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After working at McGill University and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, I grew the research communications business I launched in 2003 into a consultancy focusing on knowledge transfer, research navigation, and business/soft-skills training for scientists.

My clients are mostly university research networks and knowledge-based organizations. They benefit from a reliable, focused partner who cuts through barriers so they don’t have to.

I know my stuff, I get things done, I work well with others—and I am eager to turn innovation into value for society. I like working with interesting people on interesting projects, preferably ones that have a real impact in our world. If they’re difficult, need rescuing or nobody else will touch them, I like them even more.

Below are links to some projects I am proud of: best practice guidelines for pediatric concussion that got 25,000 hits within 24 hours of release; $10 million grant application won in spite of being an underdog in the competition; knowledge transfer strategies for innovations that brought solid leads for new partners; a well-received workshop to guide post-graduate trainees on the job-hunt.

I am a Co-founder of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization. I sit on national and international boards supporting the ethical and accessible communication of science, and a national advisory committee promoting the protection of intellectual property. I am fluently bilingual (English/French). I hold a Secret clearance from the Government of Canada.

If you like what you see here, if you are looking for an as-needed, project-based professional to help you out of a crunch or complement in-house expertise, contact me.



      Knowledge transfer

      • Strategy and planning: turn ideas into impact, help clients reach their goals.
      • Management: the life-cycle of KT activities.
      • Relationships: engage boards, advisory groups, management, stakeholders in a multi-directional flow of knowledge.
      • Implementation: best practice guidelines (case study), commercialization kits (example), policy briefs, university-based educational outreach (case study).

      Research navigation and grant-writing (case study)
      • Shepherd the application process for large-scale research grants.
      • Identify potential team members, partners and stakeholders.
      • Provide writing, structural and critical review services.

      • Bring cohesion to new, long-distance teams.

      • Nurture relationships to ensure a maximum uptake of research results.


      • Entrepreneur-in-residence services: business planning, admin, marketing.
      • Activities within academia to promote entrepreneurship and ideation.

      Training (download the list of sessions)

      • Career-, entrepreneurship-, business-themed and science communication workshops/ webinars for post-graduate scientists and faculty (case study)
        • designed to address start-ups, the job hunt and the most sought-after soft skills that employers want.