Michael Klein is a professional public speaker and a university recruitment and admissions officer in Ontario. Currently with the University of Waterloo in Engineering Admissions, Michael assists students with their applications in both large groups and individual sessions. Previously Michael was a travelling recruiter and public speaker for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Lakehead University, and the University of Waterloo.

With a background in business and the arts, Michael connects with students with different interests. He holds a degree in Drama and Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo, where he was trained as an actor, stage manager, director, carpenter, painter, and lighting technician. A large part of his degree was spent performing in front of people, both in class, on stage at campus events, and even on tour in Germany in 2006.

Michael has starred in large scale musicals in the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo regions, most notably RENT, Urinetown the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and Fame, has acted in numerous local theatre productions including Noises Off, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and The Laramie Project.    

Michael is also a trained break-dancer and gets invited to a lot of parties because of this. (Fact: Michael is the only person to date who has break-danced at the opening of the Toronto Stock Exchange)       

He strives to teach students about learning their personal skill set; having been trained in connecting with an audience, Michael demonstrates how skills can be transferable to all kinds of careers. With a good attitude, and some work experience behind you, you can achieve your potential by following your strengths.

Q&A with Michael 

Favourite subject in high school?                                             

Favourite junk food?                                                                     
Smartfood popcorn

What was the first concert you ever went to?                   
Goldfinger (Toronto, 1999)

Who would play you in a movie about your life?                               
Rick Mercer

What did you buy with your first paycheck?                        
Probably a bag of Smartfood popcorn