28 January 2015


President, MGB Tourfest Inc.; Executive Director, Canadian Garden Council; Chair, North American Garden Tourism Conference; Vice President, International Garden Tourism Network

Dedicated to showcasing the horticultural wonders of Canada to its residents and the rest of the world, Michel is ex director of Ottawa’s Winterlude, Canadian Tulip Festival, Rideau Canal Festival and International Flora Montreal. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council which manages Canada’s Garden Route, the Garden Tourism Awards, and Garden Days; Chair of the North American Garden Tourism Conference; Vice President of the International Garden Tourism Network and also hard at work developing Flora Canada the pan-Canadian Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Ottawa in 2017.

Michel has been a member of various professional associations including: President of the Canadian Association of Festivals and Events; Canadian representative on the International Festivals and Events Association and the Federation of European Carnival Cities; President of Festival and Events Ontario; member of the Ottawa Festival Network Executive, Ottawa Tourism and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation Board of Directors and member of Festival et événement Québec. He currently sits on the boards of: Canada Blooms, the International Peace Garden Foundation, International Garden Tourism Network and is Chair of the World Tulip Summit.