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Angèle Beausoleil

Angèle Beausoleil

Angèle Beausoleil

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream -- Business Design and Innovation


PhD in Innovation Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Innovation Intermediaries Studies), University of British Columbia
BAA in Communication Design and Commerce, Ryerson University




Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a 'pracademic' who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. A former communications designer, senior strategist and innovation lab executive, she applies her 25 years of business experience to crafting high impact teaching and student-centred learning experiences. At Rotman, Dr. Beausoleil is evolving the Business Design Major for MBAs as a recognized and distinct specialization in human-centred design and business innovation. She has worked on corporate brands such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Sony, The Gap, Telus, and global initiatives such as the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Society of Digital Innovators (SoDA). Prior to Rotman, she taught at UBC's Sauder School of Business and remains a visiting lecturer of Applied Innovation at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Dr. Beausoleil is Canada's first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovative leadership) using design processes and methods. 

Academic Positions

  • 2018-present

    Assistant Professor - Teaching Stream, Rotman School of Management

  • 2017-2019

    Visiting Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Management

  • 2014-2018

    Sessional Lecturer, UBC Sauder School of Business

  • 2016-2018

    Academic-In-Residence, UBC and CreativeBC

  • 2012-2014

    Adjunct Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2011-2016

    CEO, Agent Innovateur Inc.

  • 2011-2014

    Board Member, Vancouver International Film Festival Society

  • 2012-2016

    Board Member, Telus Health Fund

  • 2015-2017

    Board Director, Interface Health Society

  • 2006-2012 

    VP, Strategy and Innovation, Cossette Corp.

  • 2004-2006

    VP, Marketing and Interactive Media, Chalk Media

  • 2001-2004 

    Consultant, Strategy and Marketing, Technology Corporations

  • 1998-2001

    CEO, former VP, Product Design and Marketing, Ideas That Play Entertainment Inc.

  • 1994-1998

    Producer and UX Designer, BCIT

  • 1990-1994

    Communication Designer, Worldwide Marketing Corporation

Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Creative BC Strategic Framework and Action Plan




Recent Presentations

  • Strategic design-driven innovation and studio learning: a visual case study of the Sauder School of Business

    Art of Management Conference, Copenhagen Business School


Featured Work

Four Short Talks on Mastering Disruption:

Rotman Magazine Article: The Era of Machine + Machine Innovation:


Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Beausoleil is championing the pedagogy and practice of Business Design at Rotman. She teaches Human-centred design Innovation (Business Design), Creativity and Business Innovation and Design Research and Data Storytelling to both MBAs and Commerce students at Rotman. Her applied (action) research explores the innovation process at the intersections of education, sociology and economics. She investigates the role and practice of design methods as both an art and science within organizations. She works closely with industry and governments on assessing and building individual and organizational innovativeness -- applying a strategist's mindset and designer's toolset.  

Honors and Awards

  • 2017

    Teaching Excellence - New Elective, UC Berkeley Haas

  • 2017

    Teaching Excellence, UBC Sauder School of Business

  • 2016-2018

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UBC

  • 2015-2017

    Public Scholar Fellowship Award, UBC

  • 2014

    Academic Achievement Award, UBC

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • HPI Global Design Thinking Alliance Member

  • Design Management Institute Member

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2019

    Telefilm Canada Board Member, Telefilm Canada

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