Joanna joins PRI after serving for 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). She was one of the first women at sea, as a Maritime Surface and Subsurface (MARS) officer. She sailed in HMC Ships MACKENZIE, PROVIDER, NIPIGON and IROQUOIS, as a Bridge Watchkeeper, Combat Information Officer, Shipborne Air Controller and Command and Control Information Systems Officer. She also served in numerous staff, strategic and project management positions in Halifax, Kingston and Ottawa. She received a BSc in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and an Executive MBA at Saint Mary’s University. During her last position in uniform as the Project Director for Biological Warfare Defence at National Defence Headquarters, she completed Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.