Michael has over 30 years of combined experience in government and the government relations field. In the late seventies and early eighties, he worked successively for a Member of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister and in the Prime Minister's Office. Following his time in government, Michael spent much of the eighties in the association management field, as Vice President of the Canadian Food Processors Association and Executive Vice President of the Canadian Apparel Manufacturers Institute. He developed successful common strategies and achieved significant benefits for the members of these associations. For three years, he was a government-appointed SAGIT member during the Free Trade negotiations with the U.S. In 1989, he left the association management field to work successively with two prominent Ottawa government relations firms, prior to setting up his own successful practice.
Michael is well respected in government circles for his expertise in the trade and regulatory areas and his professional management of complex industry issues. Michael has been involved in numerous political campaigns at the national, provincial and municipal levels. He has been a Director and Vice Chairman of the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade and Director and Committee Chairman of the Ottawa Congress Centre, a provincial Crown Corporation. He is also Co-founder and Vice President of PublicInsite Ltd., Canada’s foremost web analytics company for governments and the not for profit sector.
He holds an Honours B.A. (Political Science) from Carleton University, an M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa, has done post-graduate work at the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Association Executive (C.A.E.).