Michael Markwick's examination of the impact of the "war on terror" on democratic communication and pluralism earned him a doctorate with distinction from Simon Fraser University. He was mentored by Rosemary Brown as her Executive Assistant when she was Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Markwick is faculty in the School of Communication at Capilano University and taught at Simon Fraser University. He was also the president of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.
A long-time resident of West Vancouver-Capilano, Markwick’s work in creating solutions for housing security, combating human trafficking, and democratic community organizing lead the District of West Vancouver to grant him its 2016 Community Award. He has also been named "Life Changing Professor" at Capilano University.