Michael served for a decade as an Electoral Area Director in the Okanagan. He was responsible for several large, complex projects including two water system conversions, development of a network of pedestrian walking paths, response to the expansion of a neighboring First Nations reserve, and several official community plan reviews. Michael retired from local politics in 2018 and co-founded LOCAL Decisions to help bridge the gap between the best academic theory on decision making and the real-world challenges of local government.
Michael holds bachelor and Masters degrees in Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. He is a faculty member in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches decision making and business analytics to senior undergraduates and budding MBAs. His primary research interests involve the intersection of decision theory, economics, and computer science. He has published in diverse scholarly outlets, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, and Local Government Studies.