Dr. Mike Lickers
Suncor Energy Foundation
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations
Dr. Mike Lickers is a well-known Mohawk educator from Six Nations of the Grand River. Founder and past Executive Director of the Ghost River Rediscovery program, Mike has over 30 years of experience in leadership, cultural outdoor education, community development and youth leadership development. Mike is well recognized for his knowledge and work with Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally, he is and continuously engaged in presentations, training seminars and conferences. He holds a Masters in Leadership and Training (MALT) and Doctorate of Social Sciences (D. Soc. Sci.) from Royal Roads University with a focus on Indigenous Youth Leadership Development. Mike is author of “Urban Aboriginal Leadership: The Delicate Dance Between Two Worlds,” and has published several articles on Indigenous epistemology, Indigenous youth leadership, international youth programs, non-profit management, community development and Indigenous methodology. Mike currently teaches at Royal Roads University in the School of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies. Mike previously taught courses at the University of Calgary (Werklund school of Education and International Indigenous Studies) and St. Mary’s University (Introduction to Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Ways of Knowing – Cultural field course). He brings a unique combination of rigorous professionalism, wide program development, – including International teaching and work – outdoor education, cultural education and leadership experience grounded in traditional cultural teachings.