Michael has over 20 years of experience working as a senior manager in the public sector in Canada and for several years as a private consultant. During this period he has been responsible for undertaking evaluations of sensitive public programs, establishing open consultation processes with the public and other stakeholders, negotiating federal/provincial contracts and agreements with the private sector, creating new agencies and restructuring existing ones. Much of this work has entailed working on highly contentious and conflicted policy issues. Michael was a key member of the Provincial Government team that created Vancouver’s successful bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and continues to work with the 2010 Legacies Now Society
Michael’s particular interest is in engaging people with disparate views, motivations and objectives to work together for a common purpose. He is recognized as a senior team player and strategic thinker based on his ability to bring individuals, with diverse agendas, together to achieve common objectives. Now in private practice Michael’s consultancy specializes in governance, organizational learning and leadership development with clients in both the public and private sectors. Michael has also been an instructor at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Engagement in Victoria.
Based on experience Michael has come to recognized and accept that conflict is a fundamental aspect of organizational dynamics. While conflict can be a blunt instrument it can also be a key element of a vibrant and sustainable organization. How individuals understand and recognize conflict and how they work to allow conflict to surface and be addressed as a reality of organizational life will determine their long-term success.
Areas of Interest
- Adult learning and development.
- Organizational development and health.
- Leadership and change.
- Working with conflict as an opportunity for learning and growth.
- Additional Certificate and Training
- Certificate of Conflict Management, Institute of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution, Victoria, Canada.