Irene graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University, and was the recipient of the Don Beam Award for general academic proficiency and outstanding contribution to the Business Administration Program. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Irene has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Mississauga South Liberal Riding Association since 2017 and was the Chief Financial Officer for the Lawrence Liberal Association and for its Candidate/MPP. In the past, Irene was a board and executive member of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals and for Brands for Canada. Now, Irene works at the MNP LLP.