Michelle grew up on an acreage in Bruce County, Ontario and obtained a B.Sc. in Plant Biology and an M.Sc. in Plant Breeding/Biotechnology from the University of Guelph. Her plant breeding career began with a summer job with Pioneer Hi-Bred in 1995, and has extended across the globe to Perth, Australia where, while completing her Masters degree, she was fortunate to spend a few months working with the canola breeder at the University of Western Australia.
In 2002, Michelle moved west to Saskatoon to take a position as an Oilseed Breeding Technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Since then, she has worked as a Field Biologist and an Event Analysis and Advancement Manager for Performance Plants, as well as an Assistant Canola Breeder for Dow AgroSciences. Michelle made her first move to the flax world in February of 2012 when she became the Flax Breeder at Crop Production Services (CPS) in Saskatoon. She transitioned into a Napus Inbred Breeder position in 2015 upon the cancellation of the CPS flax breeding program. Michelle joined SaskFlax as an Agronomist in February of 2018 and since then has been busy getting up to speed on new developments in flax as well as getting re-acquainted with the flax industry and growers to identify research gaps that will allow growers to more easily manage their crop.