Shannon went to Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1988 to study in a Bachelor of Science Program at St. Frances Xavier University. After two years in sciences, Shannon changed into the arts program and in 1991 received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Shannon then went to the University of Alberta and enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Program at La Faculté Saint Jean. Shannon completed her Bachelor of Education in French with Distinction in 1993. She completed her Bachelor of Law degree in 2001. While in Law School, Shannon received two awards for advocacy: the Al Schumiatcher Prize in second year and the Gordon Wright QC Memorial Award in third year. Shannon received specialized training on the Intoxilyzer 5000C in Calgary in 2004. Shannon runs trials and can conduct appeals in either official language.
In 2008, Shannon was admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories. Shannon is Vice-President of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Shannon’s interests include sewing, snow-boarding, and in-line skating.