Michelle’s Bio

Michelle is a Gen-Y innovator, speaker, writer, lawyer and social entrepreneur.  She has spoken to thousands of people around the world from students to educators, from workers to bosses about the issues affecting Gen Y, also known as Millennials, also known as “those kids living in your basement”. She uses statistics, compiled as psychographics and demographics to tell the stories of the generations. These fact-based, funny, and inspiring presentations leave audiences laughing, and empowered with new knowledge to take to their workplaces, schools, homes and communities.

Michelle is the recipient of 2004 YWCA Young Woman of Distinction award, and in 2006 was named by The Globe and Mail and the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100: Most Powerful Women. The Toronto Star named her "a woman to buoy the soul", and Maclean’s magazine named her one of Canada’s top 30 under 30.  She is the subject of two documentaries. 

Michelle is currently the Executive Director of the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre, a social services agency in West Toronto, dedicated to supporting the local community through service delivery and resident capacity-building. Prior  to this, Michelle held positions as the Canada Director for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Executive Director of Youth Action Network, and was in private practice with one of Canada’s leading labour and human rights law firms. She is also a frequent consultant on issues of program evaluation, youth work, organizational governance, and board development. For more information on Michelle’s professional profile, visit her LinkedIn page.

She likes detective novels and beaches, and dislikes carrots and exercise. In a betrayal of her Gen-Y credentials she cannot figure out how to transition from using her Blackberry to her Samsung Galaxy. She's trying to figure out how to have it all, but will settle for two free hours to read Alice Munro.


Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2007.

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Contact: michdagnino@gmail.com