Michael is a 23-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Michael originally served in the infantry for 17 years, most of which was as a member of The Royal Canadian Regiment, and another six years as an Imagery Technician. As an infantryman Michael was employed in various roles; as a dispatch rider, an instructor, and as a combat leader in operations outside of Canada. During that time, he learned how to function under mental and physical stress and to respond tactically and decisively to events in dynamic environments. As an imagery technician he was employed as a photographer, videographer and public affairs specialist. Michael retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2018 due to complications caused by Operational-Stress Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His need for purpose and challenge, as well as a strong desire to continue to serve, led him to launch Dispatches Ride for Veterans, a cross-Canada motorcycle ride and outreach project aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding PTSD within the veteran community. It was through Dispatches that Michael first met Ryan Carey, who later invited him to collaborate on “Coming Home to You", a live performance combining original music and spoken word that shares what it is like to go to war, to come home, and the difficult journey back to civilian life. Michael is available to speak about the importance of remembrance, what it is like living with PTSD, what it is like to deploy overseas, or the characteristics and uniqueness of military culture.