Her research focuses broadly on the areas of technology, innovation and techno-entrepreneurship within a global context. Her current research projects are organized around the following four themes: 1) Impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, 2) International digital and tech-based firms and entrepreneurship ecosystems, 3) Research projects in sub-Saharan African countries related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and 4) International multi-disciplinary experiential learning in higher education.
“I saw first-hand the importance of water and its many impacts on families during a research trip to Tanzania to assess the impacts of Carleton community projects in Longido. I am elated to serve on the Operation Eyesight Board. Dealing with some visual impairments myself, I do not take eyesight for granted. I share Operation Eyesight’s values, and I am impressed by its innovative, sustainable and scalable business model.”
Diane is also the principal of Diane Isabelle & Associates Consultants, providing expert advice to Canadian government departments and private sector organizations on matters related to innovation and policy.
She holds a PhD from Carleton University, an MBA from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (U de Montréal).
Diane’s eclectic hobbies include motorcycling, antique car restoration, outdoor sports and international travel. She has been playing flute in concert bands forever.