Born and raised in Calgary as a fourth-generation Albertan, Caylan developed a passion for public policy and community service at an early age.
She graduated from Alternative High School in southwest Calgary, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Calgary while living in the Sunnyside neighbourhood. Caylan then relocated to Washington DC to pursue a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. More recently, she graduated with distinction from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law.
In 2012, Caylan was selected through the federal government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program and began working as a senior policy advisor with Global Affairs Canada. She has represented Canada on delegations to the United Nations in Geneva and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and has been responsible for diverse files including innovation, internet governance, and non-proliferation and disarmament. Prior to joining the federal civil service, Caylan worked in the private and non-profit sectors, running a successful small business with her husband and working as a think tank research fellow in Washington DC.
Wherever possible, she has sought to integrate her work with an interest in promoting human freedom and dignity around the world. Caylan has spent over a decade working and volunteering in the human rights field as a researcher, advocate, and consultant, documenting rights violations and providing assistance to former prisoners of conscience and victims of torture. She recently wrote and co-produced an award-winning documentary, Letter from Masanjia, which screened at the 2018 Calgary International Film Festival.
After working and studying across Canada and abroad, Caylan returned to Calgary to raise her two young children, hoping to give them the same opportunities that she was fortunate to have growing up. When she’s not working or spending time with her family, Caylan enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, reading, and playing cello poorly.