In 1990, Michael arrived at the University of British Columbia to establish the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, which made him the initial holder of the first endowed chair of applied ethics in Canada. For the previous 21 years, he taught ethics at the University of Waterloo. His work in theoretical and applied ethics has appeared in a wide range of publications aimed at both academic and various public audiences. His research and consulting have been supported by public, private and not-for-profit agencies and organizations.
Michael was recently involved in making ethics an essential part of CPA-Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). For over 20 years previously, Michael headed the integration of ethics into the former Certified General Accountants’ professional accounting curriculum. In the late 1980s, he was a public representative on the former Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants’ discipline committee. Over his career, Michael has worked with professional organizations and professionals including accountants, actuaries, professional engineers, physicians, nurses and other professionals.
Michael passionately believes in the importance of ethics education for professionals. This involves the education of both the mind and the heart.