With a PhD in Education and a former classroom teacher, Diz is an Adjunct Professor in University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. As a professor and educational researcher, she is passionate about connecting today’s youth to the natural world and to developing eco-civic leadership capacity in Canadian youth.
Diz served as the Education Director for Students on Ice (SOI) from 2004-2008. She has experienced over 15 polar expeditions. Diz currently serves as one of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature Members, a member of the National Working Group on Environmental Sustainability Education in Teacher Education, Advisor to the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. For 2017, Diz, on leave from UO, is serving as the Education Team Lead for Canada C3.
Diz has been honoured with an international “Women of the Earth Award” by the Yves Rocher Foundation and in June 2016, was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal at Rideau Hall from the Governor General of Canada for her work in environmental education and youth engagement.