Michael was first elected to office as 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, Environmental Committee, Transportation Committee and the Ottawa Board of Health. Michael Qaqish was appointed to Special Liaison for Refugee Resettlement in January 2016 and will be in this additional role until the end of this Term of Council. Michael Qaqish was indicted to United Way’s Wall of Inspiration with a Community Builder of the Year award on March 2, 2017 due to his work with refugee resettlement efforts.
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.