From 1999 to 2006, he was President and CEO of the SFU Community Trust, overseeing the planning and development of UniverCity, a sustainable community adjacent to the Simon Fraser University Burnaby Mountain campus.
Prior to joining SFU, Michael was active in planning, real estate consulting and property development. Projects included Bayshore in Coal Harbour, Deering Island, the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion, planning and approvals for Furry Creek, planning for the Spetifore Lands, and a variety of residential and mixed-use projects around Vancouver.
From 1981 to 1983, Michael was Vice-President Development, The Narod Group, once one of Vancouver’s most established development and construction companies. Prior to joining Narod, he was an official with CMHC in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto during which time he oversaw the planning and development of major projects across the country, including the first phase redevelopment of the South Shore of False Creek.
Michael is a past president of the Urban Development Institute and has served on numerous boards and panels including the Art Gallery of British Columbia, Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel, the Development Permit Board Advisory Panel and the British Columbia Buildings Corporation (BCBC). He is a Past President of the Jewish Community Centre and a Trustee of the Louis Brier Foundation.
He has been honoured as a Life Member of the Architectural Institute of BC and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Michael is married to Sally and has two grown daughters. He and his wife live on Deering Island in Southlands, Vancouver.