ABOUT MGMG: The primary objective of MGMG is to promote the live music experience to all members of the community through education and outreach programs, master classes, workshops, live performances and other music-related activities. This objective is realized through professional Canadian musicians with recognized pedagogical and performance skills that permit them to communicate effectively with audiences of every age group and musical background. At the same time, because MGMG guarantees prompt and personal service to each artist, its roster is limited by design – restricting representation to a very small group of select Canadian artists.
[MGMG is a member of NAPAMA, CNMN and CARAS.]
Michael Dufresne – Founder and President, MGMG
MICHAEL DUFRESNE, scientist, professor, consultant, musician and manager, was born in Callander, Ontario and began studying piano at the age of 5, and violin at the age of 12. During his elementary and secondary school education, he progressed to the associate (A.R.C.T) level in piano through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. After secondary school he entered York University in Toronto and completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During his undergraduate years, Michael continued to study piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Margaret Parsons. The presence of science and music as complementary passions was to be a constant at every stage of Michael’s life. In 1970, after receiving his B.Sc., First Class, he was accepted into the Ph.D. programme in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. While there, Michael taught piano and continued his studies in piano performance with Vera Sheen.
After receiving his Ph.D. in 1974, Michael began two years of post-doctoral studies as a Medical Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario. Then at the age of 27 he accepted a research and teaching faculty position in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor. His internationally published research included cell and molecular studies on how environmental pollutants cause cancer, and how cancer cells invade other tissues and metastasize to other sites in the body. In 2003, Michael was recognized by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada “…for important research achievements that have contributed to the sum total of human knowledge and the advancement of the economic and social well-being of Canadians over the 25 years of NSERC’s existence”.
Michael’s activities during his 27 year tenure at the University of Windsor were not restricted to academia and research. He served on regional, provincial and national cancer care committees/task forces, as well as on local and regional health care boards and executive committees. At the same time, he continued to study piano, first with Gregory Butler then with Philip Adamson. He also served as an accompanist, directed a regional choir, and was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Windsor Symphony where he served on the artistic planning, and education and community outreach committees. It was during this time that Michael fully realized his commitment to Canadian artists and the “live” experience. Not surprisingly, the dual commitment to and passion for music and science became the foundation for his activities after he took early retirement from academia and research in 2003.
Michael remains active as a public educator and motivational speaker, and also serves as a professional health care and research consultant for various organizations including FCS International, and the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation (WCCF). In 2009 he was appointed Research Grants Administrator for Seeds4Hope, a rigorous, peer-review, cancer research grants program that he developed for the WCCF. He is also founded Michael Gerard Management Group through which he manages a small, select roster of Canadian concert artists. In 2011, Michael was the recipient of the Ontario Medical Association’s prestigious Honorary Membership Award “for having achieved eminence in science and/or humanities, such as outstanding services to the OMA, the medical profession, medical science or common good.”