Shelly M. Patel graduated from the University of British Columbia’s law school in 2000 and worked as a management side Labour and Employment lawyer until 2006, eventually leaving practice to start a family.  She then returned to the workforce acting as a Senior Labour Relations Advisor for a public broadcaster before beginning an independent consulting practice, helping companies improve their employee relations through focus group work. Shelly is also an avid CrossFitter, and in 2015, opened a 7200 sq ft gym in Toronto.