Michael works as WorkBC Maple Ridge’s Marketing and Community Liaison, leading collaboration efforts with community services, businesses, organizations, stakeholders and government bodies. He also spearheads events related to employment, both for job seekers and employers, including hiring fairs, information sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, awareness campaigns, etc… Michael hopes to contribute to the continued prosperity of Ridge Meadows while working towards economic growth and ever-improving business conditions. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Policy Studies and a Certificate in Non-Profit/NGO Studies. Previously an entrepreneur in the energy efficiency sector, he also worked as a Sales Manager, restaurant General Manager and international charity Director. He hopes to provide a unique perspective to the Board of Directors and looks forward to joining the team and getting to work!
A proud husband and father of two beautiful children, Michael has been involved in the community both locally and internationally. He has volunteered within disaster relief efforts in tsunami recovery in Thailand in 2005 and earthquake recovery in Pakistan in 2006. His wife, Linda, and he started and ran a charity in Kenya for 10 years, providing education and food to at-risk children in the slums around Nairobi and rural areas. At home, he was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Central City Surrey, sits on the Policy Studies Advisory Committee at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has been a soccer coach for his son’s teams the past 2 years. Go Black Knights!