Michael Savage

Michael Savage


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Michael has extensive experience leading projects, conducting research, delivering presentations and providing exemplary internal and external client and customer service. In both consulting and in academia, where he completed a PhD and a postdoctoral fellowship, Michael has managed projects from design to completion and produced compelling reports and briefs to influence policy.

Influential work

  • Completed a strategic plan and transitional roadmap for Atlantic Colleges Atlantique, a consortium of seven Atlantic Canadian colleges
  • Developed detailed scenario and revenue projections for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, accurately anticipating the unfolding crisis and informed CICan’s lobbying efforts.
  • Completed a comprehensive overview of provincial post-secondary funding formulas and policies for the Canadian Association of University Business Officers, facilitating inter-provincial comparisons
  • Authored a comparative review of the activities and resource levels of leading Canadian universities’ international offices on behalf of the University of Ottawa, and built a business case for additional hiring
  • On behalf of of CICan, developed the first sector-wide standards for education abroad risk management for Canada’s colleges and polytechnics.

Outside of Nous

Michael served as an instructor of American history at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and University of Toronto, focusing extensively on civil rights, politics, labor and urban history. Having worked extensively in higher education, he transitioned into consulting, working with dozens of Canadian postsecondary institutions on projects ranging from strategic internationalization to crisis response planning.

Michael holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and Master and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

In his spare time...

Michael enjoys reading and loves finding new places to discover and get lost in.