Prior to joining GARI, Michala worked at a Canadian economic development institution where she evaluated applications for grant funding and provided high-level recommendations to executive staff. During her time in economic development, she assessed applications for over 50 project proposals with a combined value of more than $13 million. Michala is currently Global Governance Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where her research is focused on North American border politics and immigration policies. Her joint research on global governance in the international refugee protection regime will be presented in July 2018 at the Annual General Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Michala graduated with a BA Political Science from the University of Northern British Columbia and is currently a Master of Arts in Global Governance candidate at the University of Waterloo. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the University of Northern British Columbia President’s Scholarship, the Balsillie School of International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, and the University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship.