Shelley was called to the Alberta Bar in 1978 and has been involved with insurance law ever since, conducting insurance defense and professional liability insurance litigation for over thirty years. She was counsel to the Alberta Automobile Insurance Board from 1980–2003 and has regulatory expertise in the area of compulsory automobile insurance compensation systems. Shelley was appointed by the Ontario Superior Court as Alberta’s sole referee/arbitrator in the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Class Action Settlement and continues to hear appeals. In 1988 as a member of the Insurance Deregulation Task Force, Shelley reported to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. She organized the Alberta Insurance conference from 1998-2000. In 1999, Shelley consulted to the Australian Government of New South Wales on reforming its compulsory automobile insurance scheme. In 2003 she was retained by the Council of Atlantic Premiers and the Government of Alberta on issues of auto insurance reform. Her opinion was submitted into evidence during the constitutional challenge of those reforms in 2003. She was retained by The World Bank in 2005 to draft regulations to the Insurance Act of the Republic of Mauritius, and consulted for it again in 2006 when sent on a mission to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to introduce tort reform.

Boards and Committees

Shelley was appointed to the Board of the Royal and Sun Alliance in 2004. She has been a member of the Conduct Review Committee from 2004 to 2011 when she was appointed its Chair, a position she currently holds. In 2013 she was appointed to the Board of L’Union Canadienne (based in Quebec City) and in 2014 to Chair of its Ethics Committee. Shelley regularly reports to Boards on the current OFSI guidelines on governance for Canadian financial services companies, including CEO performance evaluation. She has been retained as external ethics counsel, providing advice to the directors of a pension corporation and an energy company. In 2011, Shelley was appointed to the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation Board of Directors, and Chairs its Governance Committee. In December of 2013 she was named Deputy Chair of the Board. Shelley was appointed to Chair the Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee of The Law Society of Nunavut in December 2013 for a two year term. Appointed to Edmonton Regional Airports Authority Board of Directors by the Edmonton City Council in December 2004, her term was renewed by City Council in 2008 for a second and final allowable 4 years. During those terms, Shelley served continuously on the Human Resources, Governance and Audit Committees. Shelley has also written (and continues to write) reports and consults for governments, corporations and organizations, [link to 4.0] including a Canadian bank. She also speaks on the topic of liabilities of directors and officers of corporations.

Panel Work

Shelley chairs disciplinary hearings for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association. Shelley chairs appeals of Administrator’s decisions concerning the 1986-1990 HEPATITIS C Class Action Settlement Fund.


  • Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating •
  • Named in the 2012 Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (Insurance and Reinsurance Law)
  • Named in the 2008 & 2009 Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, a publication by Expert Guides
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1995
  • Raymond James prize in Equity, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, 1977