Maria has over 30 years of of high-level expertise in space-based remote sensing technologies, sensor fusion and maritime domain awareness. Most recently, Maria joined Space Strategies Consulting Ltd in 2015 as the Vice President and Chief Science Officer.
Maria retired from the Canadian Government in 2014 as the former Director General, Science and Technology (S&T) for Joint Force Development within Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the research branch of the Department of National Defence. Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, Maria acted as senior Scientific Advisor to the Department in Joint Force Development and was responsible for formulating and delivering the defence S&T investment in C4ISR technologies.
Previous to this, Maria was Director General of the DRDC-Ottawa Center and the Center for Operational Research and Analysis.