Valérie La Traverse has worked on science, technology and innovation–related policy, business development and outreach for Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) for the past twelve years. She currently is Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Research and Outreach, responsible for policy research on a range of emerging foreign policy issues (including science and technology issues) as well as for outreach to think tanks and academia to develop collaborative opportunities. Her experience includes managing Canada’s international science and technology (S&T) agreements, partnerships and initiatives at the former DFATD from 2010-2012. As S&T Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 2005-2010, she was the key point of contact for the Government of Canada on U.S. S&T and innovation policy and partnering opportunities, advising Canadian policy-makers and the innovation community more broadly.
Prior to Washington, she opened the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona where the core of her work focused on developing strategic alliances and promoting R&D collaboration. Valerie also worked at the former Industry Canada, managing a range of internet-related programs and initiatives for the Ontario region. She also served as executive director of the New England-Canada Business Council, a Boston-based international trade and membership organization, from 1995 to1998. She has a BA in international relations and an MBA in international business.