Meet the intelliFLEX Team

Michelle Chrétien, BSc, PhD

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.

Naudia Banton

Naudia Banton

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.

About Us

intelliFLEX, a not-for-profit industry alliance, is a vital partner for accelerating the growth of the printable, flexible and hybrid electronics sector of more than 300 organizations across Canada. Our technologies add intelligence and connect ordinary objects to enable the Internet of Everything.

We unite our growing global membership to build an effective ecosystem of supply chains for flexible, 3D printable electronics, 2D large area printable electronics, wearable electronics, smart textiles and hybrid electronics including related semiconductors, integrated circuits and software.

Our programs accelerate the adoption of these innovations for Smart Packaging and Retail, Intelligent Buildings and Connected Homes, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive and Industrial Applications, Health and Wellness, Intelligent Documents and Wearables.

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