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 worked in aircraft maintenance. His certifications from the American Society for Quality include 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 university 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 columns have also appeared internationally in outlets like the Buffalo News, Jerusalem Post, New Zealand Herald, and The Conversation. Many of his recent articles deal with Canada's legal cannabis industry. He has given more than 300 interviews to radio and print news media, and tweets occasionally as @ProfMJArmstrong.