Michael Goodyear brings more than two decades of experience in the trail sector to his role as Director, Policy & Stakeholder Relations with Trans Canada Trail. He works with local Trail groups, destination marketing organizations and government stakeholders to explore opportunities to improve the experience of Trail users and make the Trans Canada Trail more attractive to national and international visitors. He holds an Environmental Studies degree from York University, a diploma in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College, and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto.
Michael is a long-time resident of Uxbridge, Ontario, which has the designation of “Trail Capital of Canada” for its extensive trail system. Here, the Durham Region Trail passes through Walker Woods, and Glen Major and Durham Forests as part of the Trans Canada Trail. Long before he joined the Trans Canada Trail team, Michael helped to build and maintain Uxbridge’s trails, which inspired him to pursue a career in trail development. Today, he enjoys the physical and mental benefits of running and mountain biking along those trails near his home, and the satisfaction of knowing he is contributing to an important outdoor resource for future generations. Committed to his community, Michael is also a volunteer firefighter.