With 30 years of applied international development experience, Julie is a strategic leader of mission- and impact-driven organizations, across the not-for-profit and public sectors. She served variously as the executive director, Oxfam Canada; director, Central America Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada; and as a senior advisor to development policymakers. Most recently, Julie brought her expertise to diverse organizations including Oxfam International, the United Nations, and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. She is a subject matter expert on gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and on the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in international development programming.
Earlier in her career, Julie held numerous posts supporting the Government of Canada’s development and human rights efforts, including as deputy director for human rights; senior advisor to the Iraq Task Force; and director for gender equality and child protection. She also held research roles with various organizations, including the North-South Institute, and has written extensively on issues of gender and employment, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and globalization.
Through her career, Julie has lived and worked in Honduras, Jamaica, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. She holds undergraduate degrees in law and legal studies and a graduate degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada.