“I want to make our customers—in Canada and all the markets we serve—relevant every day, make them better every day. By investing and focusing on innovation and technology that provides better service to our customers throughout the real estate lifecycle, we can do that.”
Michael leads Canada’s largest title insurance, default solutions and real estate-related services company, in addition to First American’s international group.
As CEO, he manages all FCT businesses across Canada with a network of highly engaged employees. In his role as president of the International Division of First American, he has overall accountability for all the non-US businesses, including those in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and South Korea.
Michael also serves on the board of directors of FCT Insurance Company and as chief agent in Canada for First American Title Insurance Company. Most recently, he had the dual role of president and CEO of FCT, where he was involved in building and nurturing key business relationships. Michael is a leading force in ensuring that FCT lives and breathes customer centricity and has been at the heart of FCT’s growth over the past decade. He continues to drive the digital transformation of the business and the real estate industry as a whole.
Michael believes that employees must be empowered to be great in what they do. He actively works towards fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that gives employees the opportunity to be great. Under his direction, FCT has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for seven consecutive years (2015-2021).
He is passionate about giving back to the community and personally supports FCT’s charitable initiatives to combat youth homelessness.
Education, Memberships & Awards:
- Bachelor of Commerce, Dalhousie University
- Law Degree from Dalhousie University
- Called to the Bar of Nova Scotia
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association