Michael is President of Tree Canada leading its transition to private sector support in 2007 and successfully advocating for a National Tree Day for Canada in 2011. With over 30 years of experience, Michael leads Tree Canada in stakeholder relations, securing partnerships, governance and program management. Previously, he was a Stewardship Coordinator and Forester with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where he assisted landowners, managed the York Regional and Simcoe County Forests and helped revise provincial tree legislation. He serves on the Boards of a number of organizations and presents and writes on urban forests, carbon and trees, and forest history. A Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F.) in Ontario he has a B.A. in History from Trent University, a B.Sc.F. from the University of Toronto, a Diploma from the Ontario Advanced Forestry Program from U of T and Lakehead University and has participated in training programs with the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.