Michele Braniff’s passion for entrepreneurship, continuous learning, and social justice has led her to a varied career. She spent twelve years working as a lawyer, the following decade running her own mediation business, and she currently holds a leadership role for a non-profit organization. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching business law, governance, conflict resolution and negotiation at the University of Waterloo.
Michele’s education includes a law degree from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a graduate diploma in social innovation from the University of Waterloo.
She has been a sole proprietor of her own businesses in law, mediation, and graphic recording and art, and has also been a small business advisor for start-up businesses, including self-employment programs for youth and for persons with disabilities. Michele has facilitated group discussions by offering graphic recording on a range of topics from aboriginal visions for health care, poverty symposiums, improved race relations, and has also facilitated dialogues on Canadian unity, and a Canadian national forum on international policy. She has a passion for social justice, and for strength-based and person-centered services for people who have been marginalized.
A woman of many hats, Michele is also a visual artist and storyteller, and in 2014 was the Artist in Residence at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. She was honoured to receive the Woman of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture from the Cambridge YWCA in 2013.
In addition to drawing urban scenes and musicians, Michele has a passion for cycling, running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wilderness camping. She hopes, someday, to learn to identify the trees at her parents’ tree farm by bark and tree shape (as her father does so well!). Michele prefers to walk or take the train when she needs to get someplace, and is a strong supporter of eating locally farmed foods, as well as the Cambridge Farmers’ Market.
Michele joined the Green Party because it is a party inspired by core Canadian values with a pragmatic plan based on evidence and science. As the mother of three adult children launching careers, Michele very much appreciates the inclusiveness of Green Party policies for youth.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Michele Braniff as our candidate in the riding of Cambridge.