Michele Braniff has had a varied career: lawyer, mediator, non-profit mental health service provider, entrepreneur and teacher. Michele is passionate about social justice and chose the Green Party for its democratic values and evidence-based platform that puts people and planet first.
Michele teaches social justice courses to social service worker students in a college program and has been an adjunct professor teaching business law, governance, conflict resolution and negotiation at the University of Waterloo. Michele has been a sole proprietor of her own businesses in law, mediation, team building, art and graphic recording. Michele has participated locally in citizen advisory roles on issues of diversity and wellness. She has facilitated group discussions on topics such as Indigenous visioning for urban health care, mental health and poverty symposiums. Her clients have included city and regional government, Wellbeing Waterloo Region, Leadership Waterloo Region, United Way and local university faculty.
Michele was recognized in 2013 as a Woman of Distinction for Cambridge YWCA for her contributions to local arts and culture and was Artist in Residence for the City of Waterloo in 2016 and for the Cambridge Centre for the Arts in 2014.
Michele enjoys forests, nature and outdoor sports and celebrates community building and resilience. She and her husband John have planted a pollinator garden at their home and are strong supporters of local business, locally farmed foods and of the Cambridge Farmers’ Market. Michele is a proud grandmother and the mother of three adult children.