Michael McMullen

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Michael was born and raised in Orillia, ON., a small town that provides a prominent backdrop to his written works. After living and working in numerous North American cities, he has lived in LaSalle, MB., since 2001.

Michael began his career as a university lecturer. His business career has taken him throughout Europe and North America. In Canada, he has visited over 150 Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast.

A Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Michael was inducted into their Emeritus Leadership Circle. He volunteers on the boards of several not-for-profit national organizations.

Michael has a BA from the University of Guelph, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and holds the ICD designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Michael has always had a passion for storytelling and uses his writing as a tool to reflect on the past. His writing doesn’t preach but he tells tales of ascendancy in his two books, Scarred (2019) and Garbage Boy – The High Bar of Low Expectations (2024). If you dig into the underlying themes, his stories cover income-gap inequities, social-class disparities, racism, stereotyping and bias, as well as murder, sex, rock and roll, and quite a maelstrom of characters, plot, and context.

Michael lives in Manitoba with his wife (and high school sweetheart) Debra. They have three children and four grandchildren. Michael enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, traveling, and hiking.


Scarred cover


In Scarred, a mother and son ascend through a decade of abandonment and abuse by making do, getting by, and hoping for small mercies.

Garbage Boy - The High Bar of Low Expectations

Who would have thought picking up garbage would be the road to redemption, never mind riches? Garbage Boy’s lot in life improves until it doesn’t as he is thrown into a cocktail of chaos involving drugs, motorcycle gangs and an eclectic collection of friends.

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