Biography

Matt Vickers (Gunaatsk)

Matt Vickers is an accomplished businessperson who has been at the forefront of establishing links in a cross-cultural business environment since 1970.
Before taking on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Eagle Dancer Enterprises Limited (art galleries & publishing) in 1992, Matt owned and managed Vickers & Associates a management consultancy. There he became known as one of the top Aboriginal administrative managers in Canada. Matt has a successful track record of matching the needs of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal potential business partners in organizing and developing business ventures.

Matt has held, and continues to hold, various positions and appointments including: Commissioner for the BC Forest Resources Commission, member of the Provincial Task Force on the Environment and Economy in BC, member of the Provincial Devolution Committee (Assembly of First Nations), Director of the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) Art Foundation, Director for the Native Fishing Association, member of the Vancouver Chief of Police’s Advisory Committee, SFU’s President’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal issues and UBC Advisory Board member for their Chinook Program. He is also a founding member of the Administration of Aboriginal Government Program-- a certificate program at the University of Victoria and formed the Presidents Advisory Council on Aboriginal Issues at the University of Victoria.

Matt and Royal Bank Financial Group were presented with a “End Racism Award for 1999” by the Government of BC on March 19, 1999 and then Matt received a “Distinguished Service Award-Human Rights” by the Vancouver Multiculturalism Society in October/99, for the Cross Cultural Awareness Training sessions that Matt developed and conducted for the bank and any other interested organizations. Matt also received an “Outstanding Tsimshian Achievement Award” from the Vancouver local Tsimshian Tribal Council.

Matt revitalized his Management Consulting Company again in May of 2000.

Matt has made the decision to leave Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) and return to his own company as of June 1, 2009.

He is of Tsimshian/Heiltsuk & English heritage, married and has four children and three grandchildren.