About

I obtained a PhD in Management (focus on technology and innovation management) from Carleton University (2008). My doctoral thesis was in the area of international scientific collaborations. I hold an MBA from the University of Manitoba and an Engineering degree from the University of Montreal (École Polytechnique) Canada. My areas of expertise include  national and international initiatives in S&T; design and implementation of research assistance programs for SMEs;  technical and business support to SMEs; strategic planning and foresight; and management of S&T teams.

I am currently a faculty member at Carleton University, Sprott School of Business, teaching international business, entrepreneurship and marketing to B.Comm and MBA students. I am also the principal of Diane Isabelle & Associates Consultants.

Most recently, I was Executive Director to the Vice-President Frontier Science, at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). In this capacity, I contributed to the oversight of a portfolio of seven research institutes located across Canada, working in fields ranging from metrology, nanotechnology, IT, molecular sciences, microstructural sciences, to astronomy and astrophysics. This environment is one of converging scientific disciplines, grand scale complex issues, accelerating global changes and increasing expectations of publicly funded research programs. Throughout my long career at the NRC, I was fortunate to work in a variety of areas, including foresight, commercialization, strategic planning, international etc.  In particular,  I spent a great deal of my career as an Industrial Technology Advisor with the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). I worked as a project engineer in several multinationals prior to joining the NRC.

I publish in the field of innovation, technological entrepreneurship and international business.

Current areas of interest and research include international  collaborations à la triple helix, internationalization of firms, national innovation systems, international strategic alliances, S&T commercialization, global competitiveness, and other topics related to technology and innovation management.

On the fun side of stuff, I restored an old VW Karmann Ghia 1971, and took up motorcycling a few years ago.  Who knew…. Never say never…. 

Diane

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