Catherine Beaudry is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation at the Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Department of Polytechnique Montréal. This position focuses on the university-industry interface and the role that government and policy can have on fostering a flourishing and productive science, technology and innovation relationship at all phases of the innovation process. Professor Beaudry is also an adjunct professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), a member and leader of the Innovation group of the Interuniversity Centre for Research in Science and Technology (CIRST), a fellow of the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), and one of the founders of the Global Young Academy (GYA). In 2009, Professor Beaudry was selected as an Outstanding Young Scientist by the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) to participate to the World Economic Forum in Dalian China. She is a principal investigator on a number of grants and is leader of the Governance group of the Nanotechnology Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social (NE3LS) Network in Quebec.
Professor Beaudry is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a D.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford. She was a postdoctoral fellow and Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Manchester Business School. Professor Beaudry’s current research focuses on open innovation, on the impact of university funded research in natural sciences, engineering and the health sciences, as well as on the commercialization of nanotechnology. In addition, her main research interests are the analysis of innovation networks, collaboration, partnerships and alliances, industrial clusters, and how they influence innovative firm performance and survival. As such, Professor Beaudry is interested in the interaction between ecosystems and networks. Her expertise is the economics of science, technology, and innovation using applied econometrics for its analysis.