Diana, a graduate of Dalhousie Law School, most recently served as Deputy Minister, Natural Resources for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role she was responsible for all mining, petroleum and energy activities in the province, in addition to managing a staff of 200. She has also served as both the Chair and CEO of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNOSPB) where she established Canada’s first geological internet-based data management centre.
Her expertise in natural resources has enabled her to work as an independent consultant with international development agencies, such as the World Bank, to initiate new policies, laws and procedures in order to attract foreign investment in the mining and petroleum sectors.
Prior to her work as a consultant, Diana served as the Interregional Advisor in Natural Resources for the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Development. Her role included the design and management of projects in Laos, Vietnam, Belize and Kenya. She also provided advice to governments and on issues relating to natural resources. Previous to her role with the United Nations, Diana worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Government of Papua New Guinea where she successfully negotiated an Aboriginal Revenue sharing agreement on behalf of the Department of Minerals and Energy. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of national policies relating to mining and petroleum, non-petroleum energy resources and energy conservation, specifically the Mineral Policy and Mining Law of 1992.
Diana is a longstanding member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and past chair of the Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee with the former City of Halifax.