Michael first began working on environmental issues as a volunteer with the Sierra Club in the late 1970s, and has continued his environmental work in various ways ever since.
He holds degrees in political science from the University of Victoria and Carleton University, and degrees in law from the University of Victoria, Durham University, and the University of Aberdeen.
Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1989, before joining Ecojustice Michael worked as a lawyer in private practice, in a public interest law office, and in government. He previously taught courses in environmental law at both Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and has co-taught Aboriginal Litigation at the University of Victoria. His publications include The Portable Guide to Evidence, which is now in its 5th edition.
Michael’s diverse interests include karate-dō, which he has studied since 1976, and in which he is a godan and certified instructor, judge, and examiner with the Japan Karate Association.