President and Chief Instructor
Mike has 40 years of high tempo emergency training and operational experience through the Canadian military and international humanitarian aid work. Mike served as a paratrooper, combat engineer and Mission Specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces. He also worked as a humanitarian aid worker during the conflicts in Bosnia and Rwanda.
Mike served as a Mission Specialist with 440 Squadron, in Yellowknife, running sub and high arctic field operations and the only northern military ground search and rescue team for 11 years. During that time he gained his expertise in working and surviving in extreme arctic conditions.
Mike began Arctic Response as a part-time venture while still employed with the military in 2001. The company expanded to full-time operations in 2006. Between 2005 and 2008, Arctic Response ran large-scale operations in support of a United Nations humanitarian operation for land mine removal in southern Iraq.
Mike’s experience of dealing with full-on disasters with limited resources has fueled an obsession with realistic, practical and effective training standards. Today, Arctic Response continues to grow in terms of locations, subject matter experts, training programs and field operations.
On the rare occasion that Mike isn’t leading the Arctic Response team, you can find him with his family on the ski hill or teaching his employees the finer points of beer consumption.