Mary Ellen has extensive diplomatic and consulting experience in Nigeria and has a detailed understanding of the political and business landscapes in the country. She served for four years as the Management, Consular, and Security Officer at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria where she managed a wide variety of bilateral government issues and interacted with senior Nigerian officials. Additionally she has worked in the local Nigerian NGO community, particularly in the education sector. Mary Ellen previously worked in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a member of the Division Executive Committee (Ontario) and in management positions including Information Management and Technology, Corporate Services, Media Relations, and Strategic Planning. She speaks French.