As a Senior Advisor with Shift, Michelle works with companies, financial institutions and other strategic partners to support their implementation of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs).

Michelle has a decade of experience analyzing the maturity of companies’ human rights reporting and played a central role in promoting the uptake of the UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES REPORTING FRAMEWORK, including through developing Shift’s UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES REPORTING DATABASE. She is also a leading expert in the application of the UN Guiding Principles to new and emerging legislation and standards. Her work includes analyzing the implications of these 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, Michelle supports financial sector and FMCG partners, working closely with partners on human rights due diligence, including the identification of salient human rights issues, E&S risk assessment frameworks, grievance mechanisms, stakeholder engagement and internal capacity building – including for procurement departments, portfolio managers, and front-line teams.

Michelle is a (non-practicing) lawyer specialized in international human rights law. She completed her articling position at a major 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 is based in Canada and speaks English and French.