Micheal John [O'Brien]
For another 14 years MPRM Group owned and published some of MH's science, technology and business periodical properties after Maclean Hunter met its demise in 1993 when a predatory takeover by Rogers ended the 100+ year-old publishing giant.
Micheal is an avid member and financial contributor to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to support the integrity of journalism in every corner of the globe.
Even though he graduated into a CEO quality function in medicine, Micheal continued to write. In all he covered over 10 wars and visited most of the 7 continents.
In 1998 Micheal entered a health care practice with Dr. John Johnson (since deceased) in Barrie Ontario. He continued to write through that time and started two other companies including an aviation firm (Specialty Air Services Inc [Class 7 Charter]) and a private law enforcement agency which employed more and more of the publishing company's investigative reporters as print media subsided into the past, taken over by the internet.
Following the start of the 2nd Gulf War, Micheal's era as a war correspondent ended abruptly in July 2004. He fully entered the medical field and in fall 2004 began another sojourn into academia for his Master's degree in Medical Science (Psychology) in the United States.
Inspired by what he learned wearing scrubs and nursing his second child Shane for much of the first two years of the youngster's life at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Micheal helped the Canadian Warplane Heritage organize annual flypasts up University Avenue past the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He went on to work as an operations director and chief administrator of several private hospitals and surgery clinics. Micheal wrote numerous medical proposals for the government of Canada Department of Health and the Ontario regulatory sector. He helped found numerous clinics and Hospitals around the world and left the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Clinic as its Full-Time Director of Operations in 2015 to complete his Doctoral degree in Public Health.
Micheal is a licensed Commercial Fixed & Rotary Wing Pilot since late teens early twenties and maintains a current license for both. Micheal has published eight books about the Canadian aerospace and defence industries. He is an avid Advanced Amateur Radio Operator (HAM, VE3OLG) and an honours graduate of numerous sciences courses in Canada and the USA.
Micheal served on the Board of the Canadian Young Astronauts program. He served as the President of the Toronto Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) for eight years and is currently a life member of AFCEA in the United States. He has extensive experience in the medical health field and has opened numerous successful clinics, pioneered and achieved certifications for multiple new medical facilities and medical technologies.
News, columns, features for:
Aerospace & Defence Technology,
Radio and TV projects.
Various newspapers and periodicals, special and general interest.
Lectures and Public Speaking:
Financial Post Conferences: 8-years, moderator, speaker, panelist
Maclean Hunter Management Training Seminars: Lecturer
York University: Guest Lecturer
University of Toronto: Guest Lecturer
Various Ontario Secondary and Public schools: Guest Lecturer
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada: Plenary Speaker at AGM's
AF Communications and Electronics Association: Guest Speaker
Canada/Israel Council Board of Directors Guest Speaker annual meetings
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Guest Speaker
Canadian House Of Commons as Member of Parliament 1988
Television and radio appearances for: CTV's "Canada AM", CBC's "The Journal", CKO Newsmagazine, CBC Radio's "As It Happens", Standard Broadcast News, News Radio, and numerous Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto radio and TV stations.
citations, decorations and commendations received including citations from local Mayor, Prime Minister, business-related organizations and sports organizations.
Long distance runner. -- a member of the Canadian Amateur Athletic Union, Micheal has participated in Ontario provincial, Canadian national and international cross country and long distance road races at various events around the world. His longest race was eight miles when he was 14.
High School Newspaper Writer, Editor
Youth years and Scouting. As a child Micheal was involved in Canadian Scouting and Rangers from the age of 6 to 17. (2nd Richmond Hill Troop, Ontario) He left scouting as a Queen's Scout at the age of 17 to pursue his education. He was tutored by Scout Master Bill Smith (VE3 FDX) in electronics and Amateur Radio Operations and earned his Saint Johns Ambulance Class C (CPR) Rescuer certification, serving as an EMS rescuer at a very early age.
Aviation (Commercial Helicopter and Fixed-Wing Aircraft Pilot YZD/YZC 155425 since late teens)
Community Services (Children's sports, Civic Improvement, Canada Day Committee, Cancer Society etc. as a young adult.)
Motorcyclist and Racer -- Off road motorcycle racer in Alberta. In Ontario a rider and contributor to the 1993 MOTC revision of the Motorcyclist training and test syllabus. Many years a volunteer for the Ontario "Ride for Sight" founded in 1979 for a Maclean Hunter Colleague, Jim Bentley whose wife suffered Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) .
Licensed Advanced Amateur Radio Operator VE3 OLG
Musician (guitar, vocalist )
Licensed as a Private Law Enforcement Investigator since 1990.
Past Toronto President AFCEA -- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
Member, Various trade and professional organizations.