Paula is an accomplished ambassador with robust experience in government administration, international relations, political risk, sustainable development, international trade, economic development, and environmental sciences. As an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) professional, Paula holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on leadership and sustainability from the University of Cumbria and a BSc(Honours) from Queen's University.

Paula is a results-driven, transformative leader with over 30 years of experience working in the Canadian Government. Her accomplishments include senior executive positions in Environment Canada such as Chief Enforcement Officer and Director General of Environmental Assessments, Emergency Preparedness and Security. Additional career highlights consist of senior executive positions in Global Affairs Canada such as Director General Pan African Affairs, Ambassador for the Government of Canada to the Republic of Haiti, Consul General for the South Central USA (based in Texas) and Minister Counsellor Trade for the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and Brazil. She holds expertise in community relations, environmental impacts of major projects, bilateral trade and supporting Canadian companies; lobbying governments and governance.