Michelle is a Cree, originally from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta. She has been employed by Cando for the past two years, where she fills the role of Lead Researcher & Special Projects Coordinator. Prior to working with Cando, Michelle gained experience as an environmental planning assistant, and worked two seasons as a junior geologist for various mining and exploration companies throughout British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic. Michelle obtained a B.Sc with a major in Earth and Ocean Science from the University of Victoria in 2009, and recently graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program in 2011. Michelle is currently enrolled in the Professional Lands Management Certification Program with NALMA, and expects to graduate in the summer of 2012. Some of Michelle’s accomplishments include the honor of being selected to the 2009 National Youth Panel, moderator for the 2010 National Youth Panel, and receiving an invitation by the United Nations Development Program to serve as a Panelist for the 2010 First International Mining Conference "Staking a Claim for Cambodia”. At this distinguished event held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Michelle presented the social impacts of resource extraction on Indigenous communities to the Royal Government of Cambodia, policy makers, international mining experts, civil society and mining sector representatives from around the world.