Michael received his Bachelor of Arts
(Economics) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria. After a tour
of Europe, he was called to the Bar of British Columbia and began a mix of
legal practice and management work, first with arts and culture groups, then
with the B.C. government.
Having worked on land-use policy and then
as manager of aboriginal relations and interim treaty measures for the B.C.
Lands Service, Michael moved back to the non-profit sector, working on
forestry, mining, tourism, and aboriginal issues. He then returned to law
school to complete his LL.M., which he received in 2007 from the University of
British Columbia. He is now writing his Ph.D. dissertation. Before joining
Capilano University, Michael taught at UBC Law school and Vancouver Community