Michelle was elected to represent Calgary Centre-North in the House of Commons on May 2nd, 2011. Michelle was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on May 25th, 2011.
Previously Michelle was the Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division, and built a strong reputation for successfully promoting innovative academic and business research partnerships.
Michelle also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, where she assisted in administering commercialization strategies for a portfolio of over 200 emerging technologies.
Michelle also worked as a managerial consultant in Calgary, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing where she gained insight in the health and educational sectors. Michelle holds a degree in economics.
Michelle was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network for her senior level work in directing a large team of professionals in the field of research and development administration.
Michelle is currently co‐chair of the Conservative Party’s National Policy Committee, previously co‐chaired Alberta’s CPC President’s Council and previously co-Chair of Alberta Congress – the Conservative Party’s policy forum for Alberta CPC members.
Michelle has been a committed volunteer in Calgary. She has planned events, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and acted a volunteer leader for numerous local not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.