Diane is an executive coach, organizational development consultant and workshop facilitator. She consults to managers and senior level executives in both the public, the private and the Not-for-profit sectors, in Canada and in Europe on issues related to Leadership Development and Action Learning, Creativity and Creative Problem Solving, Mental Health and Healthy Workplace Assessments, Individual and team coaching, Change and Transition Management.
Her goal is to assist leaders in gaining a better understanding of themselves and increase their effectiveness as a healthy leader – collaborator and follower; and assisting organizations become more effective and healthy workplaces where people can flourish. One of the many ways she uses to reach this goal was to co-develop a flagship leadership development program for the Canada School of Public Service – Living Leadership. This 18-month program aimed at developing Healthy Leaders and Healthy Organizations.
In 1994, after an 18 year career in the Federal Public Service, Diane started Houle Rutherford Consulting Inc. a consulting firm specializing in Leadership – Executive Coaching and Creativity. At the center of her practice is her work with the Kirton Adaption Innovation Inventory (KAI) – a psychometric assessment that helps individual in a better understanding of themselves and their organization. She also uses various tools to assist in the diagnosis of organizations; one of them is the Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ) which assesses the organizational climate for creativity.
Diane is a graduate of Ottawa University in Public Administration and of Concordia University with a Master’s degree in Human Systems Intervention. She is a program leader at the European Conference on Creativity – Innovation and Leadership (CREA conference) held every year in Italy. She also presented at various conferences, such as at the International Leadership Association in Boston, the International Association of Facilitation, at the Innovation Speakers’ Series at Statistic Canada and the Institut de Leadership of the Centre Franco-ontarien en ressources pédagogiques (CFORP) in Ottawa.
She was born and raised in Montreal and is fluent in both French and English.