Leader, Green Party of Ontario
MPP for Guelph
Mike is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the recently elected Member of Provincial Parliament representing the riding of Guelph. He was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario in November, 2009. Under Mike’s leadership, the GPO has experienced substantial growth in its voters, fundraising, staff, volunteers and media exposure.
Since 2009, Mike has regularly attended Queen’s Park providing leadership on issues such as campaign finance reform, as well as advocating for the Guelph community on matters such as protecting Guelph’s drinking water from local quarries. He has led successful policy campaigns to push the provincial government to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, protect local food supplies by restricting the use of neo-nicotinoid pesticides, support small business by increasing market access for local craft breweries and fight climate change by putting a price on carbon pollution.
A successful entrepreneur and small business owner, Mike is a leading advocate for small businesses, local food and sustainable communities. Mike is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and for his successful Guelph-based small businesses, WOW Foods and Earthdance Organics.
Family and community are important to Mike. His wife Sandy and their two daughters are active, spending their free time gardening, hiking, fishing, cycling and volunteering in community activities—such as the Guelph Rotary Tree Planting, Hillside Music Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph Community Clean up, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation, Democracy Guelph, among others.