The City of Sarnia is pleased to announce that Michelle Alton will be joining our Senior Management Team on April 4, 2022, as our General Manager of Corporate Services.
For the last eight years, Michelle has been with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), most recently in the position of General Counsel, serving as the WSIAT’s in-house counsel with respect to corporate services, as well as overseeing all external litigation. During her tenure with WSIAT, Michelle also developed a corporate governance structure and established guidelines for internal procurement and delegation of financial authority.
Prior to WSIAT, Michelle was a labour and employment lawyer with Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP where she represented numerous public and private employers with regard to a wide range of labour and employment issues and was a regular contributor to the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association newsletter.
Michelle holds an LLB from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Science in Biology from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours, Biology) from Queen’s University. Michelle has recently relocated to Sarnia to be closer to extended family.
“I am very excited to be assuming this role and cannot wait to begin supporting the great work that the City is doing,” Michelle explains.
“Michelle leads those around her with strong vision and a dynamic, nuanced approach to challenges. She is an active contributor to the law community, with published scholarly articles, and featured speaking engagements. I am pleased to welcome Michelle to our team; I am confident her forward-thinking direction and strong track record will help us continue to deliver the best possible services for Sarnia residents,” states Chris Carter, Chief Administrative Officer.