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Michael is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over two decades of experience in the events & meetings industry and a decade of experience in higher education. As President, COO of the Event Leadership Institute, Michael applies his diverse background of business management, adult education and special events experience to connect event professionals with leading industry education, training & professional development.
Previous to the Event Leadership Institute, Michael discovered his passion for fostering the next generation of event leaders during his role as Academic Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver. In this position, Michael led the program’s department and faculty, designed and developed curriculum, instructed various event and business courses and developed un-paralleled partnerships between the program and events industry. He was instrumental in integrating the Event Management International Occupational Standards into the curriculum, resulting in a milestone articulation agreement with The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), bringing unique certification, industry learning and career opportunities to students.
Michael has also participated in the MPI Meeting and Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS) Faculty Forum, many industry advisory committees, and boards, has judged various event industry awards and has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading industry conferences, colleges, and universities internationally.