Councillor Michael Qaqish
Ward 22 Gloucester-South Nepean
Michael was first elected to office as City Councillor for Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean in the 2014 Municipal Elections. Michael serves on multiple Boards and Committees. He is Vice-Chair of the Transit Commission and a member of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Environment and Climate Protection Committee, Transportation Committee and the Ottawa Board of Health. He was also appointed in January 2016 by Mayor Jim Watson as the City’s Special Liaison for Refugee Resettlement.
Michael has extensive media background, including past contributor to CTV National, 580 CFRA News Talk Radio, a former columnist with The Hill Times, as well as host of the current affairs morning show on CHIN Radio Ottawa.
Michael has worked at the three levels of government in Ottawa, most recently as a policy advisor to a downtown Councillor from 2012-2014, when he resigned to run for office. Prior to that, he worked closely with Ward 22’s community associations and parent councils to deliver results as a member of the Councillor’s Office from 2008-2012. Michael founded the Kiwanis Club of Barrhaven and was the club’s first president.
Born in Toronto, Michael graduated with a degree in Psychology from Carleton University. Michael enjoys running and is a former certified Ontario Tennis Association instructor. He resides in Ward 22 in a LEED-certified home.