Deputy Director of Inclusive Trade Promotion, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada
Jennifer is the Deputy Director of Inclusive Trade Promotion at Global Affairs Canada. In her role, Jennifer provides strategic advice and direction on the Government of Canada’s support for businesses owned and led by women, Indigenous Peoples, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs, 2SLGBTQI+, and youth, and the unique challenges faced by these businesses on their path to exporting to international markets.
Jennifer previously worked as Second Secretary (Trade Policy) at Canada's Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C., managing several Canada-U.S. trade priorities, including the CUSMA, the softwood lumber file, and a number of trade disputes. Prior to joining the Embassy, Jennifer worked at Global Affairs Canada as a member of the NAFTA negotiations team. Her work on NAFTA included policy coordination and providing strategic communications advice to Canada’s chief negotiator.
Prior to her current role, Jennifer worked in Public Affairs at Global Affairs Canada, leading communications for files including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-EU free trade agreement. Before joining the Government of Canada, she was press secretary for Canada’s Minister of International Trade and worked in the Office of the Prime Minister. She also spent several years working as a daily newspaper reporter.
She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts (International Affairs) from Carleton University in Ottawa.