This is my personal blog where I write mainly about politics – BC, Canada, and international. Views are my own, and my blog posts usually combine an historical perspective and data.
Relationship-builder, wordsmith, numbers guy, strategist … Mike brings these skills together for our clients to help them have a constructive two-way conversation with the public and key audiences.
Mike is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with Kirk & Co. where he has led projects, developed comprehensive communications plans, and provided strategic insight for clients since 2013.
Complementing his work at Kirk & Co., Mike is a Senior Research Associate with Pollara Strategic Insights, a market research and public opinion research firm.
Mike led Christy Clark’s winning leadership campaign team in 2011, led her transition team, and served as Chief of Staff to the Premier, the most senior political appointee in the BC government. During his time as Chief of Staff, the BC Jobs Plan was launched and a foundation laid for sustained balanced budgets and the highest performing economy in Canada.
He led the BC Liberal Party’s 2013 election campaign. With a great team, he helped build a campaign strategy that executed a come-from-behind victory, hailed as “stunning” and a “win for the ages” by Canadian news outlets.
He returned to the position of Chief of Staff in June 2017 to lead the Premier’s Office during a volatile and uncertain time in BC’s political history.
Previous experience included serving as a researcher for the United Native Nations, an Intern at BC’s Legislative Assembly, Special Assistant to Mayor Gordon Campbell at the City of Vancouver, and managing his successful leadership campaign for the BC Liberal Party in 1993. He served in the Premier’s Office under Campbell, and as Director of Communications to the Government Caucus. He is an experienced focus group moderator and has led major public opinion research projects across Canada.
He was selected as one of Vancouver magazine’s Power 50 in both 2011 and 2013. He is a lifelong British Columbian and graduate of the University of British Columbia.
Mike has a passion for the Fraser Canyon and will talk your ear off about it if you give him the chance.
Born in Haney (try to find that on a map), he grew up in the Fraser Valley, lived on Vancouver Island for 20 years, and is now lodged firmly in the City of Vancouver.