Michelle is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill. She was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011. Michelle has held the positions of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment. In 2015 Michelle was appointed the Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Previously, Michelle was a Director at the University of Calgary and built a strong reputation for successfully promoting innovative academic and business research partnerships. She also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, where she assisted in administering commercialization strategies for a portfolio of over 200 emerging technologies.
Prior to this, she was engaged as a managerial consultant in Calgary, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing where she gained insight in the health and educational sectors.
Michelle holds a degree in economics. Michelle has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network, has also been named one of Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40”, a recognition of Calgary's exceptional community leaders. Michelle has been named twice by Maclean’s Magazine as their Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star calling her “one of the government’s most impressive performers.”
Michelle’s volunteer work has made a difference in Calgary. She has planned events, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and acted a volunteer leader for numerous local not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.
A Maple Leaf Award winner, Michelle has been extremely active in the Conservative Party in many important roles as a volunteer, organizer and leader. She was president of the Calgary -Nose Hill Conservative Association, co‐chair of the Conservative Party’s National Policy Committee, co‐chair of the Alberta’s CPC President’s Council and co-chair of the inaugural Alberta Congress, the Conservative Party’s policy forum for Alberta CPC members. Michelle was co-chair of the enormously successful Conservative Party Convention in Calgary in 2013.
An authentic and strong for voice for her constituents, Michelle is also highly involved with local Conservative Associations, sparking a rise in interest, memberships and involvement in local Conservative activities, engaging many enthusiastic volunteers and leading one of the strongest Conservative teams in Canada.