Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program, and Special Advisor on Innovation to the VPRI at Simon Fraser University. Within the SFU VPRI, she has oversight of the SFU Innovates strategy, including the TLO. Her research interests are in science innovation, science entrepreneurship, and the translation of inventions from university research labs. She is founding Academic Director of the Mitacs i2I Innovation Skill Training program, a program developing entrepreneurial mindset and innovation skills in PhD scientists and engineers.
Professor Maine was the founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, was awarded the 2017 TD/Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award, recognized as one of BC’s Most Influential Women 2018: STEM Stars, and honoured at the 2021 BC Cleantech Awards as the Top Cleantech Educator. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovate BC, the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, the Composites Knowledge Network, and the Digital Health Circle, and is actively involved in innovation initiatives and in mentoring scientist-entrepreneurs. Maine is a co-moderator and scientist-advisor for the CDL-Climate stream, leading interdisciplinary research in climate innovation and in biomedical innovation, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of 4POINTO and the External Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship of Princeton University.
An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management & Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge, Master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University. Professor Maine has published her innovation management research in Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technovation, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials.