Meet the intelliFLEX Team
Michelle Chrétien, BSc, PhD
intelliFLEX President and CEO
Michelle Chrétien is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies at Sheridan College. Prior to joining Sheridan in 2018, Michelle spent 12 years at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in various roles including Global Program Manager (Electronic Materials), Senior R&D Manager (Materials Science), and Program Manager (Strategic Partnerships). Michelle is focussed on leading and enabling applied research in advanced manufacturing including: 3D printing, automation, robotics, computer aided design, printed and flexible electronics and more.
Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation, public engagement in science, and equity and diversity in research. She has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs and companies to help them achieve their business and technology goals. She has tackled challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing and wearable electronics as well as building new capability and infrastructure to support innovation in Advanced Manufacturing.
Michelle received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa. Her PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal and was awarded the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists. Michelle was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Montréal. Michelle has published 23 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 82 US patents on novel materials and manufacturing technologies. She has been recognized with numerous awards including the Xerox Certificate of Excellence and the intelliFLEX Innovation Award for Women in STEM.
Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the NSERC Green Printed Electronics Network, the Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre, IntelliFLEX Innovation Alliance, and the Erindale Minor Hockey Association. She is also an advisor and mentor for both RIC Centre and EDGE, Sheridan’s entrepreneurship hub.
Director of Operations
Naudia is an innovator and HR Professional. She has worked across industries such as publishing, health care, insurance, education, manufacturing and entrepreneurship. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre and has spent the last few years in the innovation space as Startup Advisor
As a woman of colour and mother, Naudia is an advocate for diversity in the workplace; in particularly advocating for the economic success of underrepresented minority groups. Naudia’s passion lead her to help build Waterloo Region’s first Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp and to the Caribbean to speak on behalf of the World Bank.
Naudia and holds a Masters of Technology Management, from the Lazardis School of Business and Economics.