Michelle began her career in sales at Xerox Canada. A friend encouraged her to enter the investment business and she joined Wood Gundy, which eventually became CIBC World Markets. She spent almost twelve years at CIBC World Markets in institutional money market and fixed-income sales positions in both Montreal and Toronto. During this time she traded T-bills, ran the Montreal desks and ultimately headed global institutional fixed income and money market sales. In 1996, she retired to devote more time to her 8 month old son. Less than a year later, she began a 19-month stint at Spencer Stuart & Associates as an executive recruiter for the financial services industry. An unsuccessful search led to the client deciding that Michelle was their preferred candidate, and she started work as an institutional relationship manager with client relationship and marketing responsibilities for a Los Angeles based investment management organization, Capital Guardian. She opened their Toronto office in 1998, was instrumental in growing their defined benefit business and growing the team. She initiated a process which led to the start-up of Capital's mutual fund business in Canada in 2002. From 2005 until 2010, Michelle co-managed Capital Guardian's institutional marketing and client relations activities for North America spending lots of time in the US. She is currently President of Capital Guardian Canada.
Michelle's family comprises one husband, one son, three step-sons, a dog and yes, a non-venomous snake. Michelle currently serves on the board of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Fund and is on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Council of Champions. Michelle has a BBA in finance and marketing from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.