Vice President, Public Affairs
Having worked in both the private and public sectors for more than 15 years, Michelle has extensive knowledge and insight into the areas of political advocacy, stakeholder relations, strategic communications and reputation management.
Most recently, Michelle oversaw the government and stakeholder relations activities for Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company and the Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. In this role, she drove and managed public consultation and stakeholder outreach during a period of unprecedented public scrutiny.
Before this, Michelle was a senior advisor with a highly respected public affairs firm, where she provided a full spectrum of public affairs consulting services for a diverse array of domestic and international organizations and industry associations. Michelle has also worked for Ontario’s second largest pension fund, where she implemented a comprehensive stakeholder relations program and led the organization’s government relations function. She has also held positions within the offices of Ontario’s Solicitor General and Attorney General.
Active in the community, Michelle has been involved with charitable organizations focused on youth mental health. She is also a Director with the Public Affairs Association of Canada, where her focus is on providing career development for members through mentorship.
Michelle completed her Masters of Business Administration Program (MBA) at Wilfrid Laurier University. She also holds a BA (High Honours) in Law and Criminology from Carleton University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and Communications from Humber College.