Michele Annich is a lawyer with a total of 30 years of experience, mainly in aboriginal, municipal, and administrative law, arising from her legal practice with the Department of Justice Canada and from her participation in private practice. She has appeared before all levels of court and a variety of administrative tribunals. During her tenure with the federal Department of Justice Michele appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on matters engaging aboriginal consultation, and the nature and scope of treaty rights and fiduciary duties. While participating in private practice Michele acted for municipalities, subdivision and development boards and developers on a variety of development matters including intensive livestock developments and approvals.
Michele’s experience as an adjudicator includes working for nearly five years as a full-time hearing chair adjudicating matters with the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation.
She has taught municipal and administrative law to municipal administrators in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She is an active community volunteer, and is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Family Centre of Northern Alberta.
Michele was born in St. Paul, Alberta and participated actively in the community working in her parent’s bakery and teaching swimming at local lakes. She later moved with her family to St. Albert and proceeded to study economics and then law at the University of Alberta, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 and her Law degree in 1987. Michele now lives in Edmonton with her husband Rob.