Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite A8
Joanne Fusillo Ademaj
|Constituency Relations Assistant
Michelle Berardinetti was elected City Councillor for Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest on October 25, 2010. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a political advisor to politicians, and a consultant to corporate and non-profit organizations.
While attending the University of Windsor, where she was a founding member of the University's first animal rights organization through Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Michelle took the first steps in a career dedicated to advocacy.
That experience provided a better understanding of the political dynamics needed to change policy, and ultimately helped launch her career when she accepted the post of Constituency Assistant to Canada's Deputy Prime Minister, Herb Gray.
With career opportunities in both Ottawa and Toronto, Michelle chose Toronto for its strong cultural diversity and rich arts culture. While progressing as senior legislative staff to several Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament and Ontario's Chief Government Whip, she completed her honours degree in International Relations at the University of Toronto.
In 2005, Michelle left Queen's Park to become a government relations consultant. During that time, she worked for various corporate and non-profit organizations including Toronto's Bid for the World Expo 2015, Variety - The Children's Charity, and most recently as an Associate for Bentham & Associates, a public affairs firm specializing in clean technology and green energy. It was while working as an associate for Bentham & Associates that Michelle discovered her passion for renewable energy and sustainable development.
Michelle believes in Canadian owned and operated companies that create green energy jobs and protect the natural environment. She worked closely with leading bio-fuel and waste-to-biofuel companies specializing in advanced gasification technology to convert non-recyclable waste into clean transportation fuel and green electricity. Michelle is a strong proponent for advances in clean technology and will continue to be an advocate for these measures at City Hall.
Michelle is active in the community and has been involved in a number of fundraising and educational awareness campaigns for a variety of charitable organizations including Providence Healthcare, Variety Village, Toronto Humane Society and local feline and canine rescue groups.
She lives in Ward 35 with her husband Lorenzo Berardinetti and their three rescue cats.