Michael Brunt is a SSHRC Bombardier scholar pursuing doctoral studies in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia.  He holds an Honours B.Sc. specializing in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Population Medicine specializing in Animal Welfare from the Ontario Veterinary College.

Michael grew up on a small dairy farm near the Canadian capital of Ottawa.  He spent 18 years working in academia facilitating scientific research projects and has been appointed to numerous local, national and international Boards and Committees.

It can be said that while his love for animals and curiosity with science steered him towards this formal academic training, his fascination with people has drawn him to research the human component of animal welfare.  Michael is also a single father, motorcycle enthusiast and traveller.