Born in Montreal, Quebec, Frize received a B.A.Sc. degree (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa in 1966. From 1967 to 1969, she was an Athlone Fellow for post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom where she received a M.Phil. degree in Electrical Engineering (Engineering in Medicine) from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. In 1986, she received a MBA degree from the Université de Moncton and a Ph.D. degree from Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam in 1989.
A clinical engineer for 18 years she was Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service in Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1989, she was appointed the first holder of the Nortel-NSERC Women in Engineering Chair at the University of New Brunswick and a professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1997, she was appointed Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University and Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa.