Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Michelle Ray is a health and safety speaker renowned for her expertise on leadership, accountability, influence and building outstanding safety cultures. Michelle demonstrates a deep understanding of team dynamics, interpersonal communication and personal responsibility. She has worked with hundreds of leaders and their teams by helping them create effective business relationships and positive workplaces.
Michelle began her career in media and advertising. During a severe recessionary climate, she helped generate record-breaking revenues for the sales team of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors. With a proven background in achieving outstanding results as a business leader, Michelle immigrated to Canada in 1994 and has since worked with leaders in diverse industries including occupational health and safety sectors within private and public enterprise, construction mining as well as oil and gas. She has been an in-demand business conference speaker for more than 23 years, having earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation, held by less than 800 people worldwide.
In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as program director with Junior Achievement. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from numerous businesses, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth and entrepreneurs who helped educate future generations about business.
Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, and Global TV. She was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, BC Business and Inc Magazine. Michelle is also a contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column.
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"Michelle, it was a real pleasure to meet you as well. I really enjoyed your presentation, as did many others according to the feedback I received. I especially liked how your presentation fit so well with our conference theme. Great job. Thank you so much for starting our conference off in such a positive way and for helping us make it a great success.”
- Guy Clyne CRSP, Southern Regional Coordinator, Manufacturers' Health & Safety Association
Fire Chiefs of BC
"I thought that your presentation was not only engaging but thought provoking. Your energy is contagious, and you really are in touch with your audience.”
- Tom DeSorcy CFO Fire Chief/Chair FCABC Conference Committee
“Michelle Ray is a talented, gifted speaker. She immediately connected with close to 200 attendees and held their attention from start to finish. The leadership team and employees experienced a very positive, fun, engaging, and valuable session. We learned skills that will enhance our professional and personal lives. Michelle’s exceptional professional standards were evident in her research prior to the event and in the content delivered at the event.
- Robert Jorssen, Executive Director, Corporate Management Branch, RCMP Pacific Region