Shaela W. Rae Associate


Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 2017 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2015 - British Columbia


Primary office:  Ottawa




Shaela W. Rae

An associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, Shaela practises in the Business Law Department. Shaela specializes in leveraging the latest technologies to conduct corporate transactions and to provide efficient and effective services for clients. Her practice is largely focused on corporate/commercial matters, assisting emerging and established companies in their corporate governance, capital financing, and mergers & acquisitions. She is also a member of the firm's Blockchain & Smart Contracts and Cannabis groups.

With the benefit of a French civil law degree and having studied South American civil law in Chile, Shaela offers legal services in English and French, and is also comfortable communicating with clients in Spanish.

Prior to attending law school, Shaela worked as a correctional officer for two years. She subsequently summered and articled at a large, full-service law firm in British Columbia and clerked for the Chief of Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Shaela also worked at a national law firm prior to joining Gowling WLG.

As an active participant in her community, Shaela was involved in the political lobby for the creation of the Registered Disabilities Savings Plan and raised large sums for charities supporting Canadians with disabilities.

Shaela is an avid sports enthusiast and plays high-level softball and volleyball (beach and court). She trained with Team Canada (softball) and is a former assistant coach to the BC Special Olympic softball team.

Career & Recognition

He or she who would be leader, must first be the servant of all."
- Michael Wlodarczyk (my father)
  • Education
     2014
    University of Ottawa, JD
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Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2017
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2016

    • Education
      2016
      University of Ottawa, LLL
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Alain François Bisson Award for the top mark in Pensée Civiliste
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      March2015
      Carleton Graduate Economics Society grand prize for final & published dissertation
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2015
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2014

    • Education
      2014
      University of Ottawa, JD
    • Education
      2014
      Carleton University, MA, International Economic Policy
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      International Social Justice Award for service at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • 2008

    • Education
      2008
      Simon Fraser University, BA (Hons.), Criminology
    • Rankings & Awards
      2008
      Miss Canada finalist
  • 2007

    • Rankings & Awards
      2007
      Miss British Columbia

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Women’s Legal Mentorship Program

"Women in Blockchain Canada Meetup," Speaker, October 25, 2018.

« La Civil-ization du droit des contrats dans le régime de la Common Law canadienne : L'Obligation de bonne foi après Bhasin c. Hrynew » (avril 2016) Considered for the Droit et Commerce Award, Paris, France.

"Copyright Law: Lies, Distortions, and the Market Economy," (March 2015) Journal of International Business and Economics Vol 15, No. 1. Presented at the International Academy of Business and Economics Winter Conference held in Florida, USA

"Canadá y Chile: Diferencias, Similitudes y Amistad," (October 2013) Speaker at the Tercero Congreso Estudiantil de Derecho de la Judicatura, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

"Pirates! Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and Canadian Foreign Policy," (August 2012) Presented to the Judicial Committee of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania; (January 2013) Presented at the McMaster University Conference on International Political Science, Hamilton Ontario.

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