As Founding Director of Carleton University’s Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement, Maureen provides outreach and policy orientation to parliamentarians and diplomats, including orientation for newly elected Members of Parliament and annually for newly arrived diplomats to Canada. She is chair of the Parliamentary Centre, a nonprofit organization that has worked for the past half century in more than 70 countries supporting legislatures to better serve their citizens.
Having lived in Vancouver, New York, Hong Kong, Ottawa, Los Angeles and Washington, Maureen has previously worked in politics, the media, at Rideau Hall and in government, including as a senior political staffer, national political and current affairs reporter and host for television news, communications advisor and public policy analyst.
Maureen is a member of the International Women's Forum and of Politics and the Pen. She is founding chair and now current past chair of the Mothers Matter Centre, past chair of HIPPY Canada, and past vice-chair of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Maureen is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She has a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in New York and an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Maureen is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.