Michael Wood has become the face and voice of small businesses throughout Ottawa, Ontario and Canada. After the government-regulated shutdowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Michael watched the gross sales of his event rental company decline by ninety-seven percent compared to the previous year, resulting in losses of more than three million ($3,000,000.00) dollars. Michael's previous clients included the National Hockey League, the FIFA, Cirque Du Soleil, the Canadian Football League and many local fairs, festivals, conferences and trade shows.
After a conversation with a city councillor in March 2020, Michael began to appeal to elected officials and set up virtual round tables where other small business owners could express their concerns directly to the federal, provincial and municipal governments and met with over fifty elected officials at levels of government to discuss small business
Michael has appeared twice before the House of Commons Federal Finance Committee (FINA) (June 2020/April 2021) as a representative of small businesses. He also appeared twice in August and November 2020 before the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (SCOFEA). He appeared in January 2021 and 2022 before the Ontario Pre-Budgetary Consultation with Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy.
Michael has been seen and heard on many traditional media stations, including Rogers Radio, Bell Media Television and Radio, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, Postmedia and nationally on CTV News Channel. He has also appeared in media in countries including Australia and the UK on an international scale.
Michael is currently an award-winning professor at Algonquin College, where he teaches in a music industry program. He is a former touring guitarist and was discovered by legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem. Michael is a published author, voting member for the Juno Awards, and the former American Idol Insider for various Fox News stations in the United States.
Michael is a 2021 Premier’s Award Nominee for business, a 2021 Algonquin College Alumni of Distinction Award for business and was given a 2021 Most Influential Award by Meeting Planners International. Michael has also received a 40 Under Forty designation, a Top 10 under 40 designation (Canadian Rental Service), a 2019 FEBE Community Builder Award, a Capital Educator Award and was recognized by the Province of Ontario with a 2017 Celebration Award. He also was given special recognition by the City of Ottawa around opioids and overdoses as well as being named in the Top 50 most influential residents.