Michelle is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill and was first elected in 2011. In government, Michelle held the positions of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment. In opposition, Michelle previously served as the Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Industry and Economic Development and the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and was the Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Michelle is the co-chair of the Parliamentary Caucus for Emerging Technologies. She is a member of the King's Privy Council for Canada.
Previously, Michelle built a strong reputation for successfully promoting innovative academic and business research partnerships, serving in a senior managerial capacity at the University of Calgary. She also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, where she assisted in administering commercialization strategies for a portfolio of over 200 emerging technologies.
Prior to this, she was engaged as a managerial consultant in Calgary, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing where she gained insight in the health and educational sectors.
Michelle holds a degree in economics. Highlights of her many honours include being named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network, Calgary’s “Top 40 under 40”, and being named twice by Maclean’s Magazine as their Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star calling her “one of the government’s most impressive performers.” Rempel Garner was also named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People".
Michelle is considered to be one of the Conservative Party of Canada’s top performing MPs. She has accomplished much for Canada as a policy maker, both in government and in opposition. Michelle is also sought after writer, speaker, and commentator, and has one of the most prominent social media presences of any Canadian politician.
Michelle’s volunteer work has made a difference in Calgary. She has planned events, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and acted a volunteer leader for numerous local not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.
A Maple Leaf Award winner, Michelle has been extremely active in the Conservative Party in many important roles as a volunteer, organizer and leader. She was co‐chair of the Conservative Party’s National Policy Committee, co‐chair of the Alberta’s CPC President’s Council and co-chair of the inaugural Alberta Congress, the Conservative Party’s policy forum for Alberta CPC members. Michelle was co-chair of the enormously successful Conservative Party Convention in Calgary in 2013.
Calgary - Nose Hill includes all or portions of the following communities:
Beddington Heights, Carrington, Country Hills, Edgemont, Hamptons, Hanson Ranch, Hidden Valley, Huntington Hills, Livingston (west), Macewan, Morningside (Citadel), North Haven, Panorama, Sandstone, Thorncliffe