Michael O'Brien was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada in October 2006.
Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Mr. O'Brien graduated from St. Dunstan's University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1963.
Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. O'Brien was provincial Deputy Minister of Development and Technology, following seven years as provincial Deputy Treasurer. Previously, he was a general practice partner with Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants. In 1984, he received his fellowship designation with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Prince Edward Island and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr. O'Brien is a member of the Atlantic Canada Venture Gateway Advisory Board, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Solarvest Bioenergy Inc.
Mr. O'Brien's long record of community work includes service as President of the United Way of Prince Edward Island, Secretary-Treasurer for Sport PEI, Vice-President Finance and Administration of the 1991 Canada Winter Games, and member of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.