I joined the CHRS Secretariat at Parks Canada in April 2017 as the Director of Heritage Designations and Programs, but have been with the federal public service for just over ten years. Previously I worked at Indigenous and Northern Affairs as a Senior Advisor in Strategic Policy. One of my principle files was coordinating and crafting the federal government's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. However, I have spent most of my career at the Canadian Heritage managing grants and contributions programs supporting Indigenous languages and cultures and representing the federal government in Indigenous land claims and self-government agreement negotiations. These positions have allowed me to gain extensive experience in policy development, grants and contribution project management, and intergovernmental relations.
I have degrees in History/Native Studies, Museum Management and Legal Anthropology and am happy that my new position leading the CHRS Secretariat will allow me to utilize the skills I have developed in previous positions and to continue my learning in an area of great interest to me.