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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, the work you put into customizing your keynote and getting to know our audience truly shows. Thank you for your time and commitment to doing this. I really believe that your investment in time in preparing for our audience was appreciated by everyone in attendance at our event. I will share the formal feedback from our conference with you once it is tabulated. The informal feedback has been fantastic. We have yet to have a keynote presentation that was customized so perfectly for our audience of Workplace Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs. 

Thank you for being so wonderful to work with and for helping to make our 5th annual committee leadership conference a success, including a sellout crowd.”

- Kim Keating, SAFE Work Manitoba, Portfolio Leader – Public

"Michelle Ray delivered the closing keynote address at our 2017 Safety Conference. In the weeks leading up to the event, Michelle Ray partook in preparatory tele-conferences reviewing the audience make-up. During these sessions, Michelle revealed her greatest asset to be an incisive ability to uncover the specific hurdles faced by delegates to the Conference, to probe in order to gain a deeper understanding of their leadership needs, and then, as proven by her delivery at the Conference, a high-level ability to integrate audience-specific messaging into a custom-tailored speech. Indeed, Michelle Ray employed in-situ role-plays to great effectiveness as a means of communicating real-life examples of leadership in the workplace.

But please don’t just take my word for it…survey results from delegates in attendance at Michelle’s closing keynote assigned an average of 4.93 points out of 5 to her performance, the highest of any speaker or presenter during the 2-day Conference!”

- Paul Boileau, Chief of Corporate Affairs, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of British Columbia.

"We contracted Michelle to open on both days of our conference in 2017 and she did not disappoint. She executed both presentations with ease, captivating and engaging the audience in her conversation-like style, using storytelling, questioning, and activities to relate her points. She is collaborative, lively, humorous, and creative. She demonstrated a professional manner in all of our interactions, and as a conference organizer, I appreciated that she was prompt in her responses, was well organized, and punctual the day of our event. During our customization meeting, she came prepared with a list of questions about our industry, and ideas for how to ensure her message related the experience of our industry workplaces. I would highly recommend her as a presenter to anyone looking to deliver practical strategies for professional growth.”

- Candice Thomas, Safety and Injury Management Advisor, BC Construction Safety Alliance “Bridging The Gap”, 2017

“Michelle, you kicked the conference off in grand style with your keynote. We’ve had nothing but positive feedback on the conference itself and on your presentation. I’d certainly be happy to provide a recommendation.”

- Paul Andre, CEO and President, Workplace Safety North

“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

RCMP Leadership Conference

“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, Pacific Region

Download information about Michelle's programs

SI - Innovate Collaborate Connect - Michelle Ray (pdf)


SI - Safety Leadership - Michelle Ray (pdf)


SI - How to Develop Leaders - Michelle Ray (pdf)