Michelle has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and as an executive compensation consultant. She consults with a variety of public and private clients across Canada and the U.S. covering a broad range of industries.  

She has expertise on a wide range of corporate governance and compensation topics including equity-based incentive plans, shareholder proposals, and best practice standards, as well as a deep understanding of the shareholder perspective on pay and governance issues. She writes and speaks regularly on the roles of the Board and the shareholder community in governance and executive compensation. Finally, Michelle is on the faculty of ICD’s Director Education Program and the inaugural ICD Board Oversight of Climate Change course. She is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Human Capital Policy Council.

Outside of work, Michelle can more often than not be found on the water racing, cruising and “simply messing about in boats”.


Prior to joining Hugessen, Michelle spent 15 years at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), where she was a key player in the analysis of large and small public issuers, development of ISS policy guidelines, as well as shareholder and issuer engagement initiatives for the Canadian market. 


She has an Honours B.A., specializing in Business Administration and Art History from the University of Toronto.

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