Valerie is Director Research Group, Montreal at Element AI since October 2017. Before joining Element AI, she was director partnerships of the Institute for data valorisation (IVADO), which brings together more than 900 scientists working to extract economical and societal value from data from all sources and all forms.

She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in environmental modelisation. Her career began as a researcher in the field of life cycle analysis, a powerful tool employed to evaluate the potential impact of human activities on the environment.

Thereafter, she was named Director CIRAIG, International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services, and was co-founder of CIRODD, Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sustainable Development Operationalization, of which she was the Director.

It is by working with optimization and mathematics researchers to solve environmental problems that she became convinced that our ability to generate, analyze and value big data would change the world.