I was three days old when I flew across my first international border – from Singapore to Indonesia. I was four when I overheard my first English words while waiting outside the Los Angeles International Airport. I was eight and I had already lived on three continents.
As a teen I was known to argue a lot so I thought law school might be a good place to hone my skills. But the travel bug is a life-long affliction and within months of graduating from McGill law, I was back on the road, on my way to India to work with the UN on international humanitarian law issues.
I have also been hiking for as long as I can remember and a trip to Mt Everest base camp in 2000 made me dream even bigger. I summited Mt Everest in May 2012 and completed both versions of the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on every continent – in December 2014, becoming the 3rd Canadian woman to do so.
In my day job, I am a lawyer for the Government of Canada. I just completed two years working in Afghanistan, and three years in Ramallah. In Ottawa at the moment, I am knee deep in crazy plans and big ideas. On occasion, I fly small planes and tinker with big cameras.