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Angèle Beausoleil


    Angèle Beausoleil

    Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream -- Business Design and Innovation

    Degrees: PhD in Innovation Process and Design Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
    MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business/Sociology/Computer Science), University of British Columbia
    BAA in Communications and Design, Ryerson University
    Email: Send an email to Angèle Beausoleil
    Phone: cell: 778-835-0948


    Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a 'pracademic' who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field (action) research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. A former industry designer, strategist and innovation lab executive, she applies her 25 years of business experience to crafting high impact teaching and student-centred learning experiences. She is currently a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, teaching Innovation Leadership, and Applied Innovation and Design to silicon valley executive MBAs. For the past five years, Professor Beausoleil has taught Design Methods for Business Innovation, Creativity in Business, New Product Development and Design Research Methods at UBC Sauder School of Business. Dr. Beausoleil is Canada's first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovativeness/innovatorship) using business/strategic design (design thinking) processes and methods. 


    Academic Positions

    2018-present  Assistant Professor - Teaching Stream; Rotman School of Management
    2017-2018  Lecturer; UC Berkeley Haas School of Management
    2016-2018  Sessional Lecturer; UBC Sauder School of Business
    2016-2018  Academic-In-Residence; UBC and CreativeBC
    2012-2016  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
    2006-2011  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  VP, Product Marketing;Ideas That Play Entertainment Inc.
    1994-1998  Producer and UX Designer;BCIT
    1990-1994  Communication Designer;Worldwide Marketing Corporation

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • The case for design-mediated innovation pedagogy (Dissertation: December 2016); Beausoleil; UBC; 2016
    • Creative BC Strategic Framework and Action Plan; Beausoleil; CreativeBC; 2016
    • International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI); Beausoleil; IJANTTI; Issue: 3; 2014
    • Decoding culture, creativity and innovation through visual analytics; Beausoleil; UBC; 2014

    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 (2014); Beausoleil; Copenhagen Business School

    Honors and Awards

    New Elective: 2017  Teaching Excellence; 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

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Professor Beausoleil is championing the pedagogy and practice of Business Design at Rotman. She aims to introduce '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.  

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