Michael Kontak is retired and lives Nova Scotia. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University and studied at the University of London after which he completed a law degree at Dalhousie University. He worked in the Midwestern United States for four years before returning to Atlantic Canada where he served as chief of staff to three premiers of Nova Scotia. For more than 20 years he worked with the Shaw Group where he was a shareholder. Shaw is a diversified manufacturer and community developer. He has been involved in numerous Boards within Atlantic Canada.