Michael’s family moved to Colborne in 1959 where he attended elementary school followed by high school in Brighton. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Architectural Technology in 1973. Michael and two partners started a construction company in Cobourg in 1975; this grew to a size of 110 employees and $30 million annual sales by the late 1980s. He has run his own company, Dalren Limited, for the past 14 years. Over this time about $325 million worth of construction has been completed including all varieties of buildings. Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc. in the Lucas Point Industrial Park in Cobourg was set up to capitalize on the shareholders' collective knowledge of development, leasing and construction. Dalren's offices on Dale Road also include multiple industrial tenants.
Michael has served the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg for 32 years, working on numerous committees. He was President of the Club in 1987-1988 and is currently an Assistant Governor. While currently living in Port Hope, Michael and his family have also lived in many areas of the County. He serves on the Facilities and Campus Development Committee of the NHH Board.