Michael is a corporate director and seasoned bilingual business executive with global experience.
Michael’s board experience includes 25 years of close association with corporate boards and Audit Committees of organizations in diverse industry sectors, such as financial services, technology, manufacturing, and not-for-profits. Michael is and has been a director and Audit Committee Chair of several TSX-listed corporations, including Decisive Dividend Corp. since its inception. Michael is Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Okanagan Branch and has served as a director of various not-for-profits, including the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Michael is currently a management consultant who provides business strategy, governance and performance management advice to Boards and CEOs of mid-market companies and start-ups, helping them attain their next level of development. This consulting has included due diligence investigations for acquisitions, the formulation of business plans and financing presentations, and a volunteer assignment with World Vision, where Michael led a team that developed their global corporate governance manual and delivered this training across Africa.
Michael was President & Chief Executive Officer of Financial Executives International Canada, leading this national professional association of CFOs and senior financial executives from 2007-2017. Notable accomplishments at FEI Canada included building a respected research institute and establishing an executive leadership program in conjunction with the Smith School of Business of Queen’s University.
Michael’s prior business experience in Canada and Europe has spanned publicly-listed multinational corporations and private mid-sized enterprises in various industries, including roles as VP & Chief Accountant at RBC Financial Group, VP Controller at BCE Inc., VP Finance with Sprint Canada and Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer at Psion Teklogix, a global IT solutions provider, where he closely partnered with the CEO to run operations.
Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a chartered accountant. He was named a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec in 2012, in recognition of his significant professional achievements and major contributions to community and charitable organizations. Michael completed the Directors’ Education Program at Rotman School of Business and was awarded his ICD.D designation in 2006.