Ms. Piironen was born in the United States but grew up in Finland where after college she specialized in bilateral trade with the Former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. After working for a trading company for three years, Patty decided to move to Canada, and soon joined the International Trade branch at the Government of Alberta. As a Trade Director, Ms. Piironen helped promote Alberta exports to Europe, Russia and beyond. Patty also lived in Norway for three years where she served as Trade Commissioner in the Canadian Embassy. In 1997, Patty was offered an opportunity to work for a company in Drayton Valley interested in expanding their operations overseas. She joined Willows Construction in 2014 as the Executive Assistant to the President.
Ms. Piironen received her B. Comm. equivalent at the Espoo Commercial College and her certificate in Eastern European Trade at the Kouvola Institute of Business and Foreign Trade.
She speaks five languages and enjoys walking her dogs, reading, skiing, scuba diving and curling.