Michael Brydon grew up in Penticton and was active in student government and sports while in school. Following graduation from Pen-Hi, Michael spent a year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Liège, Belgium. Michael attended both Royal Roads Military College in Victoria and the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. During his time at military college, Michael was a member of the Canadian Forces volleyball team and was named an All-Canadian in 1988 by the Canadian College Athletic Association. He graduated in 1990 from RMC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Queen’s Commission as an officer in the Canadian Forces. Michael remained at RMC following graduation as a lecturer and technical officer in the Department of Engineering and Management. He earned a Masters degree in Engineering following graduate work at Queens University and RMC.
Michael received a Ph.D. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 2001. While at UBC, Michael was a fellow at the Centre for Operations Excellence and consulted with a number of firms, including Avcorp, VanCity, and Canadian Airlines. He joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University in 1999 where he is now an Associate Professor in the Management Information Systems group. His primary research interests involve the use of computation to help decision makers cope in complex uncertain environments. Michael currently teaches business intelligence and systems analysis and design to undergraduates and strategic use of information and knowledge in SFU’s Management of Technology MBA program. He is also involved as a principal in several start-up firms, including Octothorpe Software, which makes tools for complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-criteria decision making.
Michael is married to Stephanie (née McKay), who also grew up in Penticton. Stephanie is a registered nurse and has worked in many diverse healthcare environments, ranging from organ transplant and cardiac intensive care at Vancouver General Hospital to community nursing in Penticton, Summerland, and the South Okanagan. Stephanie is currently a diabetes educator with Interior Health. Michael and Stephanie have three young, active children: Greg, Chloe, and Sophie.