Dr. Ballard is an Assistant Professor / Indigenous Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba. She has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management.
She is an Anishinaabe from Lake St. Martin First Nation. Dr. Ballard has researched and documented the flooding and emergency responses of her traditional homelands at Lake St. Martin First Nation and neighboring communities.
She has experience working with UN organizations on biological diversity, climate change and Indigenous Peoples. She is currently a member of the COSEWIC Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee.
She has served as an advisor with the Ecological Reserves Advisory Committee (Manitoba), and as Commissioner, Clean Environment Commission; and past board member with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.