Michael was appointed executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Air Canada in October 2007. In this role, he is responsible for Air Canada's overall financial strategic direction, including all aspects of financial reporting and planning, investor relations, treasury and controller's operations, taxation, pension administration and internal audit, as well as procurement and corporate real estate. Michael brings to Air Canada extensive senior executive experience from the consumer business sector. He most recently held executive positions including those of president, and before that executive vice-president and CFO, with Canada's largest diversified general merchandise retailer, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). While at HBC, he developed a comprehensive investor relations program, introduced an enhanced external and internal financial reporting process and improved the cost-effectiveness of the organization. Prior to Joining HBC in 2001, he held senior executive financial positions at other large, international corporations, including Moore Corporation in Chicago, Silcorp Limited and the UCS Group (a division of Imasco Limited). Michael holds a BBA degree from York University and received his accounting designation in 1983. He was named Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2017 by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half.