Cheryl Power


Cheryl Power
Ph.D. candidate (Law)


Cheryl Power is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Scassa

Cheryl Power’s doctoral work focuses on Patent Law, Innovation Theory, and Artificial Intelligence. She has an interdisciplinary background with a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Alberta, a Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

Cheryl Power has extensive work and educational experience in science, innovation, and intellectual property policy. She works with the federal government as a Senior Policy analyst with Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada in Ottawa. She is a public servant and lawyer of the Ontario bar with experience in a variety of areas of federal science including Quantum, Artificial Intelligence, Open Science, Genomics, Liaison with the National Research Council, Committees on Science and Technology and the Government of Canada intellectual property policy on procurement. 

Cheryl Power has experience in academic, private, and public sector roles across Canada and Europe over the past twenty years. Previously in an LLM program as a CIHR fellow at the University of Alberta, she studied legal policy challenges associated with nanotechnology, including challenges to the Canadian patent system. She worked as a faculty-appointed research associate at the University of British Columbia, where she studied genomics and intellectual property, including alternatives to traditional patenting. She also worked and studied abroad at the Universita di Genova, in Genoa, Italy as part of the DFAIT Young Professionals Program, and at the University of Haifa, Israel in Global Law & Technology. She has presented past research in Europe, the United States and Canada, including in Lisbon, Portugal at the Católica, École de droit de Lisbonne.

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