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Our Company

Fortress IAM brings together a group of people who genuinely care about the success of innovative small to medium-sized companies. Our mission is to democratize the global marketplace by empowering innovators to leverage their intellectual property. We are passionate about innovation and we believe every great idea should have equal opportunity to succeed. Our customers are at the forefront of everything we do, and our small but mighty team works collaboratively to build the best possible experience for our users.

Our Leadership Team

Natalie Raffoul, P. Eng., J.D.

Co-Founder

World-renowned IP lawyer and patent agent with a background in electrical engineering. Thought leader with over 21 years of IP experience.

Rare combination of legal, business and IP skills. Successfully built and managed an IP law firm over the past 13 years.

Understands the unique legal and IP challenges of technology startups and SMEs and the firms that advise them. Her firm’s client list includes 100’s of tech clients, many being SMEs.

Jennifer Raoul, PhD

Co-Founder

Internationally-recognized patent agent with over 15 years of IP experience in the life sciences sector.

Former partner and current senior counsel at Canada’s largest law firm, Jennifer brings ‘big law’ experience to the team.

Entrepreneur with exceptional business development skills. Global network of potential customers and partners, including law firms,  companies, industry groups, research organizations, and other intermediaries.

Tom Murphy

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Hands on technology leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of software development and management experience. 

Former CTO of RVezy, Software Director at BlackBerry and Founder of Distill Mobile which builds and advises many early stage software startups. 

Deep technical expertise in cloud, enterprise, mobile and security technologies combined with strong leadership and management experience.

Liddell Malan-Bennett

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Highly motivated, result-driven senior accounting and financial management executive with 25+ years of progressive experience with financial and operations management, within different business sectors: profit, not-for-profit, charities and associations, both International and Canadian companies.

Liddell is a financial executive with a career history of driving strategies and initiatives that generate dynamic gains in financial performance and operational efficiencies.

Marvin McKinney

Lead Designer

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