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Faculty Profiles

Michelle Chretien

Michelle  Chr├ętien

Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)

Michelle received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and her PhD from the University of Ottawa for work in photochemistry and photophysics.  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 and has taught courses on photochemistry and mass spectrometry and the graduate and undergraduate level. 

Michelle joined the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in 2007 and held a variety of roles including Senior Research Scientist, Product Manager, Program Manager for Strategic Research, Global Program Manager for Electronic Materials and Senior R&D Manager in Materials Science.  Michelle has led scientists and engineers working on materials science and, with her team, has tackled challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing and printed, hybrid and flexible electronics.  Michelle is currently an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University.

Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation and public engagement in science. She is an active participant in the technology and innovation commercialization ecosystem, and sits on a number of committees and boards including:

  • the Steering Committee for ReMAP, a Celesitca-led Network Centre of Excellence for accelerating novel electronics manufacturing technologies
  • the Technical Advisory Board for IntelliFlex, an industry alliance focused on the flexible electronics industry
  • the Selection Committee for the Ontario Scale-up Voucher Program

Michelle devotes time to various science outreach initiatives and has served as an elected member of the Inter-American Photochemical Society Advisory Board and RISE Canada.  Michelle has published 21 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 75 US patents on novel materials and marking technologies. In 2010, Michelle was recognized by PrintAction as one of the Canadian printing industry’s Top 35 Under 35 for her technological contributions.