Creating space for transformative conversations

Diane T. Finegood

Diane T. Finegood has had a diverse career spanning a broad range of academic disciplines and leadership experiences. She served as President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012-2016), Executive Director of The CAPTURE Project (2009-2011) and inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000-2008). In these roles she was responsible for a range of innovative programs and initiatives including CAPTURE (Canadian Platform To increase Usage of Real-world Evidence), Canada on the Move and the Building Trust Initiative.

Diane is also an internationally recognized academic with scholarly work in a range of disciplines and problems including the fundamental science of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, application of mathematical modeling to physiological systems, new models for population health science, cross sector partnership, and complex adaptive systems. She has received numerous honors and awards for scientific excellence, leadership and mentorship including Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Fredrick G Banting and Young Scientist Awards from the Canadian Diabetes Association, a WXN Top 100 Woman in the Trailblazer and Trendsetter category and a YWCA Women of Distinction award in Science, Research and Medicine.

During her Fellowship in Health and Wellness, Diane will explore the application of systems thinking to complex challenges in health care and public health. This work will be driven by the needs of local, regional and national community partners and will rely on approaches drawn from complex systems methods, collective impact frameworks, and the science of implementation. She will also explore the intersections of these domains with the theories, methods and tools of a dialogic approach.