Previously, she was Director of Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, overseeing the research and development portfolio on plant health, animal health and food safety. Prior to that she was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Research at the Canadian Federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Earlier in her career, she conducted scientific research, including with Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). She has sat on various strategy expert panels and advisory groups, including with the Food and Agriculture Organization, Global Commission on Adaptation and HarvestPlus. She holds a PhD in Genetics and an MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding.
She was appointed to the CGIAR System Board in September 2020.