Michel is a Professional Engineer with more than 40 years experience in management, engineering, environmental and industrial projects.
After a couple of years in academic teaching, Michel worked on numerous large industrial projects such as cement plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, zinc smelters, municipal waste incinerators, as well as smaller projects for CIDA and the World Bank. Multilingual, he lived and carried out his professional activities in many parts of the world such as Europe, Brazil, Angola, Iran, Algeria, Peru, and Congo. In the 90’s, as a Senior Engineer at Metro Vancouver, he was responsible for air pollution programs, environmental regulations, early green building initiatives, and policy-making plans. Over the last decade, Michel has been personally engaged in activities that address sustainability, renewable energy and climate change. He is a past-president of the Sustainability Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, a LEED accredited professional, and the co-founder and current president of the EcoSmart Foundation.
Michel was the driving force behind SunMine, the first grid-connected large-scale solar power plant in BC that received numerous awards including the prestigious National Award from Engineers Canada for an engineering project of achievement.