Michael is married and the proud father of two children. He moved to Edmonton from South Africa in 1974 and has lived in Ward 5 for more than 30 years. He began his career starting a variety of local businesses in the retail, hospitality and business services. He co-founded FIRMA Foreign Exchange which now has 22 locations across five countries. It was named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 2007, 2009 and 2011 and was listed in Globe and Mail's 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for 2009. Michael co-won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.
Michael is also actively involved in the community, committing his time to various community organizations such as Starfish Family Resources and coaching with various Edmonton hockey associations. He is also a past board member of the Alberta chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
After being elected to City Council in October 2013, Michael has served on a variety of committees, boards and initiatives including the City Manager and City Auditor Performance Evaluation, Community Standards and Licensing Appeal, Northlands, the Emerging Economy Initiative and the Edmonton Police Commission.