Michael is a mediator, investigator and facilitator with ADR Chambers.
Michael has mediated more than 2,000 private and public disputes. His areas of expertise include administrative, civil, code of conduct/disciplinary matters, contract, insurance (including personal injury and Statutory Accident Benefits matters), landlord/tenant, and workplace disputes.
Michael is the ADR Chambers Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Grimsby and the Durham District School Board, Interim Integrity Commissioner for Niagara Region, and an investigator for the ADR Chambers Office of the Integrity Commissioner for Ontario municipalities. He is also an investigator for the ADR Chambers Ombuds Office for banking and municipal matters. Michael has investigated a variety of workplace disputes involving discrimination, harassment, and bullying claims, and is on the approved list for workplace investigations with the Ontario Public Service. Michael is also a workplace restoration facilitator and works with organizations to help individuals rebuild and refocus following disruptive conflicts.
Michael has a background in political and public-policy matters, and understands municipal law and governance. He co-chaired a healthcare summit hosted by an Ontario MPP, co-facilitated an economic development conference organized by Northern Ontario municipalities, facilitated a public complaint resolution process for the Ontario government, and facilitated several town-hall meetings on locally important matters in his community.
In addition to having developed and taught Alternative Dispute Resolution courses at Durham College, Michael co-founded the Campus Mediation Services, which provides a dispute resolution process for the campus community. He has consulted on organizational and ADR systems design, and co-authored the textbook Choices in Approaching Conflict: Principles and Practice of Dispute Resolution, 2nd ed. (Emond Publications, 2019).