Michelle is the Executive Director of the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre. Prior to this, Michelle held positions as the Canada Director for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Executive Director of Youth Action Network, and was in private practice with one of Canada’s leading labour and human rights law firms. She is also a frequent consultant on issues of program evaluation, youth work, organizational governance, and board development. Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2007.
Michelle is the recipient of 2004 YWCA Young Woman of Distinction award, and in 2006 was named by The Globe and Mail and the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100: Most Powerful Women. The Toronto Star named her “a woman to buoy the soul”, and Maclean’s magazine named her one of Canada’s top 30 under 30. She is the subject of two documentaries.
She likes detective novels and beaches, and dislikes carrots and exercise. In a betrayal of her Gen-Y credentials she cannot figure out how to transition from using her Blackberry to her Samsung Galaxy. She’s trying to figure out how to have it all, but will settle for two free hours to read Alice Munro.