Master of Planning in Urban Development, Ryerson University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
Michael brings with him an academic background in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Studies and Political Science from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. He has several years of experience in the private planning practice and has worked in multiple GTA municipalities. He has navigated both large and small scale residential, commercial, institutional and employment projects from the due diligence stage through approval, agreement execution, and registration. In doing so he has developed a focus on communication in order to coordinate professional teams comprised of individuals from various disciplinary backgrounds; streamlining the preparation, submission and approval of land use planning applications inclusive of Site Plan, Condominium, Subdivision, Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-Law Amendment, Minor Variance, and Consent Applications. His Master's research at Ryerson University focused on evaluating the efficiency of large scale transit infrastructure planning and governance in Toronto and he has also contributed to papers on sustainable brownfield redevelopment research for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Michael is proficient with many technical computer software programs including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Adobe Suites (Illustrator, and InDesign) and is an adept writer, having prepared multiple Planning Justification Reports and Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments.
Michael enjoys an active lifestyle, attempting to play recreational hockey, basketball & volleyball.