Will Shelling

Senior Consultant


  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (also known as J.E.D.I.)
  • Social Policy 
  • Intersectionality
  • Civil Rights and Human Rights
  • Policy Analysis 
  • Public Relations and Engagement
Headshot of Will Shelling Public Affairs Consultant in Vancouver

Will is a talented Public Affairs Consultant in Vancouver, specializing in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has over five years of experience using his passion for intersectionality, data, and policy to deliver robust solutions. He approaches his government relations clients with curiosity, using his lived, academic, and professional experiences to provide a unique perspective. 

Prior to joining Counsel Public Affairs, Will worked as an Equity Strategist at Bakau Consulting, a leading justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (also known as J.E.D.I.) firm in Vancouver, BC. At Bakau, he created strategic plans, supported large set data analysis, crafted policy, and developed training programs for clients across business sectors. 

While working at UBC’s student society, Will honed his knowledge of political systems. Will supported students and their families on issues of affordability and access to post-secondary education at all levels of government. He also sat on various committees for UBC on topics of EDI, climate, affordability, and anti-racism. 

He has volunteered for the City of Vancouver’s Climate Equity Working Group, and volunteers with a municipal party in the city. He is a board member for White Ribbon Canada, a national non-profit dedicated to ending gender-based violence by engaging men and boys. He has also advised and helped develop communications for national campaigns on supporting queer and transgender individuals. 

Will holds a BA in Political Science, with a minor in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA), specializing in human rights and social change at the University of British Columbia. Will has been featured on platforms such as  Al-Jazeera,Vancouver Magazine,  and Canada’s National Observer, on civil rights and social change topics.