Mike was first elected as Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Mill Woods – Beaumont in 2006. After his re-election in October, 2008, Mike was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, a position to which he returned after the May 2011 election. On September 13, 2012 Mike was sworn into the Queen’s Privy Council, after being asked by the Prime Minister to serve on the Cabinet Sub-Committee tasked with improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government.
Prior to entering federal politics, Mike worked for 10 years with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club where he served as National Accounts Manager, Director of Ticket Sales and Group Sales Manager. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.
Mike has two children, a son Jaden, 19 and daughter Jenae, 16. The Lakes have been active supporters of autism organizations, families and individuals across the country, and around the world, while sharing their story of life with Jaden, who has autism.