Winner, Service to the Society Award, 2001
Michael has been an active member of CES since 1987. For over a decade, he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. He has published several articles and book reviews in the Journal as well as the national newsletter, and he regularly shares his work at both CES and American Evaluation Association conferences. Michael also served on the Board of Directors for the National Capital Chapter of CES.
Most notably, Michael is the founder of the CES Student Evaluation Case Competition. Michael came up with the idea of the Competition back in 1996 and ran the Competition on his own the first year. Not just an idea man dreaming about an international Case Competition, Michael is a real behind-the-scenes kind of guy who gets things done. He is responsible for the involvement of numerous Competition sponsors, judges and participants, he assembles case materials, developed and maintains the web site, stick handles communication for the Competition and so on. Michael has devoted hundreds and hundreds of hours to the Competition over the past six years.
Although Michael is the driving force behind the Competition, he has always believed that involving other volunteers in organizing the Competition brings fresh ideas and new energy. Fourteen other CES members have nurtured the Competition over the years as part of the Competition Organizing Committee, half of them previous competitors in the event. Michael's commitment to the Competition, his constant search for ways to make it bigger and better, his sense of humour, and his unfailing willingness to roll up his sleeves and get it done have made him a pleasure to work with and learn from. A life long learner himself (whether it's refining his French language skills or learning about web design), it is no surprise that Michael's volunteer efforts are directed at providing a stimulating learning experience for students.
By creating and "growing" the Competition into a truly national event, Michael has provided tremendous service to the Society.