Michael J. Armstrong teaches courses on quality improvement, game theory, and operations management. He holds a PhD in management science from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and a BSc from the Royal Military College of Canada. Before his academic career, Armstrong was an aircraft maintenance manager. He holds several certifications from the American Society for Quality, including a six sigma black belt in quality improvement.

Armstrong's awards include a Fulbright Scholar fellowship, a Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence, a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Research Achievement Award. He has been a visiting research chair at Norwich University, a visiting professor at the US Naval Postgraduate School, an associate professor at Carleton University, and an assistant professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Armstrong periodically writes opinion and analysis columns for newspapers like the Globe & Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star. His articles have also appeared internationally in outlets like the Buffalo News, Jerusalem Post, National Interest, and The Conversation. Many of his recent columns have dealt with Canada's cannabis industry. He has also given more than 150 radio interviews and been quoted in more than 80 news reports.