Michael has been an advocate for First Nations throughout his career, with a background in commercial and general litigation on behalf of First Nations, as well as First Nation governance. He worked in private practice as a litigator and spent several years working in the administration of an Alberta First Nation to reduce and streamline its litigation, and to advise on matters of governance, policy development and legislative development.
Michael has acted in matters of First Nations governance, corporate governance, land claims, administrative law, commercial contracts, loan agreements, land use, trusts, torts, insolvency, employment law, and the prosecution of fraud and conspiracy. He has financially restructured First Nation-owned corporations and negotiated multimillion-dollar settlements, advised on Council procedure and drafted First Nation bylaws and legislation.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, as well as both Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Alberta.
Honours and Memberships
Michael is a Member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee at Law Society of Alberta. He has acted as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Bragg Creek Educational Services Association and was active in the Rotary Tom Jackson Stay-In-School Program for the Rotary Club of Calgary.