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

Shaela Rae is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and a member of the firm's Business Law Department. She focuses her practice chiefly on corporate governance, capital financing and mergers & acquisitions - with a strong emphasis on the tech, FinTech and blockchain sectors. She complements this focus with experience in the business side of estate and succession planning, particularly with respect to the growing field of digital and cryptoasset planning.

Shaela is regarded for her ability to leverage sophisticated technologies in the execution of complex corporate transactions. From digital closing rooms and e-signatures, to VDRs and AI-facilitated due diligence, she operates at the forefront of her profession - saving her clients significant time and money in the process.

Over the course of her career, Shaela has spoken and published widely on a range of topics related to fintech and the regulation of crypto assets in particular. Most recently, she co-authored an article in the Banking and Finance Law Review titled "Crypto Asset Trading in Canada: Entering a New Era of Regulation."

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

Prior to attending law school, Shaela worked as a correctional officer. 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

  • 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

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

    • Rankings & Awards
      March 2015
      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
      Carleton University, MA, International Economic Policy
    • Education
       2014
      University of Ottawa, JD
  • 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

Publications

Shaela W. Rae & Lorraine Mastersmith, "Crypto Asset Trading in Canada: Entering a New Era of Regulation" Banking and Finance Law Review, 35(1), 153-186.

« 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

Presentations

"A Woman's Perspective on Blockchain" Invest Ottawa, International Woman's Week," Speaker, March 6, 2020.

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

"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.