Brenda Shanahan is a former banker who transitioned into social work. She graduated from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business with an MBA and from McGill University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She used her education to counsel people in personal financial management.
She takes pride in her ability to take complex information and make it easy to understand. This skill has led to speaking roles at conferences talking about financial literacy. She also writes a weekly column as an investment advisor for the Montreal Gazette. She was also a regular guest on CJAD’s Tommy Schnurmacher Show. Her focus is on personal financial issues, such as budgeting and estate planning, but she is also interested in social policy issues around social benefits and income security. Shanahan worked as a pensions officer at McGill University between 2008 and 2013. During that time Shanahan served as the Vice-President–Quebec on the board of directors of the Canadian Federation of University Women and was active in the University Women’s Club of Montreal. She also used her role as a hall director at the McGill residence as inspiration to start The Frugal Scholar to help students with budgeting.
She has been named to the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
She is a mother of three.