Colleen has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and an MSc. in Geography focused on Inuit food security, both from the University of Guelph. She joined the NIRB as the Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) Policy Advisor in 2019 in order to support the implementation of the 2018-2023 NMC Strategic Plan and assist in the development of NMC recommendations to Government on issues affecting marine areas of Nunavut. Colleen brings experience in the marine shipping and marine conservation fields having spent four years living and working in Inuvik, NT in conservation with a focus on marine spatial planning, marine protected area network planning and low impact shipping corridors. She also worked in Ottawa, ON with the federal government and is currently based there. She is an avid scuba diver, hiker and reader.