Julie worked for the Government of Canada for 15 years before joining IDRC, including seven years with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa and overseas. She occupied several positions with GAC, including most recently serving as Canadian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Prior to GAC, Julie worked at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Before joining the Government of Canada, Julie worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh and Burundi, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Croatia, and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.