Rapid-Fire Round with Mike McKinney

  • March 16, 2021
  • Lynne Yryku

Rapid-Fire Round with Mike McKinney

Are you excited about the idea of going to the CCCA’s National Conference on April 22, but feeling a bit hesitant because it is virtual and you won’t know anyone? Are you keen to meet other in-house counsel, but not really sure how to go about it? We are launching this “Rapid-Fire Round” series to help.

Here you can “meet” a CCCA Executive Committee member who will be at the Conference. Then if you have questions about them and their work with the CCCA at the national or local level, feel free to message them through the Conference platform.


Mike McKinneyMike McKinney, Q.C.

Executive Director/General Counsel at Sawridge Group of Companies /
CCCA Alberta North Branch Representative
Edmonton, AB


1. What inspires you?

Nature inspires me.

2. What do you like most about your career?

Being able to help people. I also like my life/work balance (although my clients think I am a workaholic…).

3. When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

I like to travel (sadly, not happening right now). I also like to backpack, ski and spend time with my family.

4. What books do you consider critical reading for an in-house counsel?

  • High Conflict People in Legal DisputesBIFF: Quick Responses to High-Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns, both by Bill Eddy 

  • Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Hendrie Weisinger 

  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin

5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Do your best; that’s all anyone can ask. 


Register for Conference now and meet hundreds of great members like Mike!


Lynne Yryku is the Executive Editor of The In-House Edition.