Prior to joining the company in 2009, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm and global leader in energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects around the world, served on the firm's Executive Committee and led its Utilities, International, and Independent Power Groups.
He left Bennett Jones in 2003 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its successful sale. Next, Mike co-founded a geospatial information services company and assisted several other startups, including Ice Energy. During his career working with startups, Mike has raised over $100 million in equity funding. Mike is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the American Bar Association.
He has presented at meetings of the Energy Storage Association, the Peak Load Management Alliance, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the Energy Bar Association, Law Seminars International, the World Energy Engineering Congress, the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Independent Power Producers' Society of Alberta and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Pivot Learning Partners, Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; a member of the Board of Chancellors and Past Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada; a Trustee Emeritus and Past Chairman of William Sansum Diabetes Center); a member of the Board of Directors of Vedavoo; and a member of the Board of Directors of Orthoshop Geomatics, Ltd., a spin-off of the geospatial information services company he co-founded.
He earned BA and law degrees from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (Law and Economics) from the University of Miami, and an MBA from the University of Alberta.