Michel graduated with a BA in Latin Philosophy and an MA in Economics from the University of Manitoba. He also holds the diploma of Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto from the University of Toronto.
He began his professional career with Statistics Canada in Ottawa, later becoming a senior research economist with the Labour Department of the Government of Ontario, after which he joined the Premier’s office in Queen’s Park. He returned to Manitoba as the director of the Research Centre of St. Boniface University and co-founded the research and consultation company CERECO Inc. He joined the federal public service as regional director of the former Secretary of State Department and later as Director of the Manitoba Federal Council Secretariat.
Currently chair of the Board of the St. Boniface Historical Society and a Board member of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry, he has chaired the boards of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and of Arts Stabilization Manitoba Inc. He has served on a variety of boards including the United Way of Winnipeg, the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, the Civil Service Commission of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. In 1989-1990, he was a member of the Manitoba Government's Arts Policy Review Committee.
He is the editorialist of Manitoba’s French-language weekly, La Liberté, and a commentator on current affairs with Radio-Canada’s regional and national public affairs programs.