Actually Michael Roberts is not from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is actually from Calgary, Alberta. Michael is a recipient of a prestigious Fellowship from Harvard University (located in Cambridge, Mass.)
Fellowships are awarded to men and women at an early stage of their scholarly career. The criteria for recipients include academic excellence, exceptional abilty, resourcefulness, originality; in short, people who have shown themselves to be scholars of the highest achievements.
Michael received his Masters Degree (Computer Sciences) from the University of Calgary. His field of study happened to apply a similar mathematical calculation of an ongoing Harvard study regarding brain function.
He was in Toronto for an academic conference at the University of Toronto. Like most serious acdemics, money is an issue and they do not spend it foolishly.
A Harvard Fellow must live a relatively frugal life; however, once finished, are usually in great demand by private industry. It makes for a dynamite entry on a CV.