Risa was fortunate to obtain an internship at the World Trade Organization after completing her Masters of Law.

Following her internship, she worked at the WTO for two years in the Trade and Environment Division.

While at the WTO, she organized theĀ  1999 High Level Symposium on Trade and Environment attended by 800 delegates from WTO Member statesĀ  produced a major paper on trade measures in Multilateral Environmental Agreements, trained government representatives on WTO rules and decisions and represented WTO at International meetings and conventions.

During the CUSMA (new NAFTA) negotiations, Risa was a member of the Indigenous working group for Indigenous trade policy. Risa was also a member of the Indigenous peoples advisory committee (IPAC) and for the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA) negotiations.