As an Advisor with Shift, Michelle’s work includes supporting financial institutions and real economy companies, across a range of industries, on their disclosures and reporting.

Michelle played a central role in developing Shift’s UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database and is a leading expert on the analysis of the maturity of human rights reporting and the application of the UN Guiding Principles to new and emerging legislation and standards. Her work includes analyzing the implications of these emerging standards for leading companies and financial institutions that have commitments and practices that are aligned with the UNGPs. She is also involved in Shift’s work supporting the development of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (EFRAG) under the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. As part of Shift’s Business Learning Program she supports financial sector and FMCG partners, working closely with partners on the identification of salient human rights issues, E&S risk assessment frameworks and internal capacity building – including for procurement departments, portfolio managers and front-line teams.

Michelle is a lawyer specialized in international human rights law and clinical legal education. Michelle completed her articling position at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, a Canadian corporate law firm and graduated summa cum laude from the Master of Laws program in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame. Michelle speaks English and French.