Shawna Rae McLean

Shawna-Rae McLean is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree concentrating in Political Science, and minoring in French, from the University of Toronto and Thompson Rivers University.

During her undergraduate career, Shawna-Rae was highly active in extracurricular activities both on campus and within her community. She chaired the 11th and 12th annual Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference, and the 2nd annual Model United Nations. Additionally, Shawna-Rae co-created and held an Editor position for a peer-reviewed Undergraduate Research Journal, in which she obtained University Board of Governors recognition for. Within her community and beyond, Shawna-Rae has worked on various projects aimed at raising the awareness of climate crises at the global level alongside esteemed global citizens such as Former Vice President Al Gore, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, as well as the BC Council for International Corporation, the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and the Council of Canadians. Furthermore, Shawna-Rae has been named Sustainability Ambassador and Faculty of Arts Ambassador for her significant activity and contributions to the successes of students and campus.

Shawna-Rae has also been heavily research driven. Working with the International Labour Organization for training models for women in STEM in South East Asia; undergoing ethics-approved research with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in Portland, Oregon for municipal sustainability and implementation gaps; Research Associate for Canada and the Asia Pacific Policy Project, as well as working closely with the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, the Asia Pacific Foundation, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC. Additionally, Shawna-Rae held a Research Assistant position in the Political Science department for the second half of her degree at Thompson Rivers University. She is published, for her work on Google’s CSR measures, and is awaiting publication for her research in Portland.

Shawna-Rae’s diverse experience and research has deepened her interests in pursuing environmental sustainability policy issues, as they relate to both the public and private spheres. As she completes her master’s programme, she hopes to further her research around Canada’s role in global environmental issues and human security.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • SSHRC CGS M – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2019
  • University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship , 2019
  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2019
  • TRUSU Award of Excellence for Student Empowerment, 2019
  • Ron and Glenda Miles Arts Bursary, 2019
  • Board of Governors Recognition of Excellence for creation and Editor position of TRU student-led peer-reviewed journal, Dialogues: Undergraduate Research in Philosophy, History and Politics, 2019
  • Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador Award, 2018
  • Tom Owen Sustainability Award, 2018
  • Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Ambassador Award, 2017


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto & Thompson Rivers University, Major in Political Science, Minor in French, 2019
  • Early Childhood Care and Education, Selkirk College, 2013
Conflict and Security
Environment and Resources
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)

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