Michael Swanson was raised in the small community of Claresholm in southern Alberta. The Swanson family’s original homestead quarter was registered in 1902 and is located west of the community of Granum (then “Leavings”).
After high school Michael moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1982. In 2015, Michael received a Master of Laws degree at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law in 2015. Graduate studies in law included topics in natural resources law and research related to agriculture and agri-food regulation in Alberta.
Throughout his career in private practice, Michael worked in the Calgary and southern Alberta, helping clients in civil suits and estate litigation, agricultural law and rural property law. Michael applies his extensive experience in the litigation sector to his work with Roszler & Associates, where he assists his clients with civil suits, construction disputes, criminal and regulatory sanctions, and real estate transactions.
Michael is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association, and Cross-Border Livestock Health Conference. His interest in agricultural policy and regulation is motivated by the indisputable fact that agriculture is our most critical natural resource and serves as our primary source of food.
In January 2006 Michael sought public office as the federal Liberal Party candidate in Calgary Southwest. He lost the federal election to then Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper. Michael insists however, that the experience of seeking public office was exceptional, and unequivocally the best 6,553 votes he has ever won.
In 2003 the Swanson family was recognized by the Government of Alberta and presented with the Alberta “Century Farm and Ranch Award”.