Mike Lalonde

Summer Student, Western


Mike Lalonde is currently pursuing his law degree at Western University’s Faculty of Law, equipped with a rich background in history, international affairs and professional leadership. His academic journey began with an Honors B.A. and an M.A. in history from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of International Affairs from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

During his first year at law school, Mike actively contributed to the Western Business Law Clinic, assisting in corporate restructuring projects, which underscored his potential in legal practice and commitment to applying theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. Beyond his coursework, Mike demonstrated his passion for law and advocacy by participating in eight extracurricular moot court competitions, including two labour and employment appellate competitions.

Mike’s professional journey is marked by leadership and advocacy roles. Serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years as an intelligence officer, he exemplified dedication, discipline and leadership. Transitioning from military service to politics, he ran in the 2019 federal election. Following his political endeavors, Mike founded a consulting firm, offering leadership advice to small and medium-sized businesses, further establishing himself as a leader and advocate in the professional realm.

Outside of his professional and academic pursuits, Mike is an avid scuba diver, particularly interested in exploring shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence River and Tobermory. His passion for diving complements his culinary adventures as a connoisseur of Toronto’s steakhouses and delicatessens, showcasing his appreciation for the richness of local culture and cuisine.