Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at the Beedie School of Business. She is also the Founder and Academic Director for the Invention to Innovation (i2I) program, a "mini MBA" in Science & Technology Commercialization, which develops entrepreneurial mindset in graduate scientists and engineers. In partnership with Mitacs, the i2I program is now being delivered in a hybrid online format across BC and Alberta, and was recently recognized with an international award from the global business school accreditation council.
Professor Maine has deep interdisciplinary roots, with degrees in Materials Engineering, English, Technology & Policy and Technology Management from Queen’s, M.I.T., and the University of Cambridge. Her research, published in Research Policy and Technovation as well as in Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology, focuses on the dynamics of innovation in the advanced materials, nano-materials, biotechnology, and clean tech sectors with a focus on science & technology ventures. She cares deeply about the impact that university inventions can make in solving large societal challenges, such as climate change and treating or preventing disease. She is a frequent and dynamic keynote speaker and panelist, serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foresight Clean Tech Accelerator, Innovate BC’s New Ventures BC, and the Composites Knowledge Network, and is an active mentor to scientist-entrepreneurs. Professor Maine was awarded the 2017 TD / Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award and was recognized as one of BC's Most Influential Women 2018: STEM Stars
As Special Advisor on Innovation to the VP Research and International (VPRI), Maine provides leadership, integration, and alignment for innovation initiatives at Simon Fraser University (SFU). A key element of Maine’s role is increasing SFU’s reputation and credibility as a leader in innovation. This includes advocating for faculty and students in reducing barriers to creativity and innovation, overseeing the next evolution of the SFU Innovates strategy and mobilizing the SFU community around the associated initiatives and programming.
Together with the VPRI, Maine supports excellence and research growth at SFU.