Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Diane A. Isabelle and Mr. Brian Foster

Calgary, June 24, 2021 – Operation Eyesight is pleased to welcome Dr. Diane A. Isabelle to the Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors. 

Isabelle has spent most of her career at the National Research Council (NRC), in particular with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, supporting Canadian firms with strategic technology and business advice to compete on the global scene. She has extensive experience in strategic planning at the national and international levels, managing complex agreements and collaborative programs and projects. 

Isabelle holds a PhD from Carleton University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of International Business. Her research focuses broadly on the areas of technology, innovation and techno-entrepreneurship within a global context. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering and began her career as a project engineer for several multinational firms.

“I am elated to serve on the Operation Eyesight Board,” says Isabelle. “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.”

Operation Eyesight is also pleased to announce its first director emeritus, Mr. Brian Foster.

Foster previously served on the board from 1996-2007, before joining Operation Eyesight’s leadership team and later serving as the organization’s executive director from 2012 to 2018. Foster has enjoyed a 50-year career ranging from retail and manufacturing to human resources and international development, and he is still actively involved in the community through his volunteer work and leadership consulting.  

“Operation Eyesight will always be a big part of my life,” says Foster. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the organization and those we help, and to contribute what I can to further our mission to prevent blindness and restore sight.” 

Operation Eyesight is a registered charity in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and India, with active boards of directors in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. To view the full list of directors, visit operationeyesight.com/about/board-of-directors