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

Chair: North American Garden Tourism Conference
Facilitator: Create a Garden Map for Your City Workshop
Co-Facilitator: Garden Days Workshop

Dedicated to showcasing the horticultural wonders of Canada to its residents and the rest of the world, Michel has been involved in the horticultural and festival world since 1982.  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 and Vice President of the International Garden Tourism Network.

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; founding member of the Ottawa Festival Network , and board member of Ottawa Tourism and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation. He currently sits on the board of the International Peace Garden Foundation and is Chair of the World Tulip Summit.