Michael Cairns earned his bachelor in science and teaching certificate at University of Calgary. He taught ABE and high school in Calgary before coming to Capilano University. He’s been teaching here since 1975.
Outside of ABE, he spends time working on lute and guitar building as CapU’s resident luthier. He was also the Canadian record holder for the hammer throw for seven years in the 1960’s. He followed that up by serving as the Canadian National Hammer throw coach for men and women’s teams—during which time two of his pupils held the Canadian record as well as being selected for the Canadian Olympic team.