Bio (Michael Lickers)

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Michael Lickers

Michael Lickers


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies, Environment and Sustainability


Michael Lickers teaches in the Master of Arts in Leadership and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) programs. He is also a senior advisor with Suncor Energy, Indigenous Relations and Community Development. His role is mainly focused on Indigenous relations, youth engagement and community investment. He supports the company’s executive leadership, as well as providing leadership of the Indigenous Youth Advisory Council for Suncor. Lickers also provides some of the cultural experiences for staff and awareness training. Academically, his focus is on Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous youth leadership, storytelling, youth leadership, international youth leadership development, land based cultural education and outdoor education.

Lickers’ eclectic background has taken him from section foreman for CP Rail to quality control of Aerospace laser guidance systems, digital Landsat photographer, serving in the military, and counselling in jails and criminal and family courts. He has worked as a youth counsellor and coordinator of therapeutic foster care. He founded and developed a non-profit organization that provided cultural outdoor education in Canada and internationally with Indigenous youth and communities. Lickers says "it is my pleasure to be working with Robin Cox and her team on the development of a new course the MA in Climate Action Leadership in the School of Environment and Sustainability . As one of the Indigenous consultants working to ensure that there is relevant and current information pertaining to Indigenous ways of knowing and being, I am truly honoured to be part of the development and implementation team working on this".

Lickers holds a Doctor of Social Sciences (2016) and Master of Arts in Leadership and Training (2007) from Royal Roads University, where he was the recipient of the Founders Award at the university’s 2016 convocation. Lickers also holds a General Management Certificate from the University of Calgary (2004). He was awarded the Calgary Police Commission Community Policing and 20-year Service Recognition in 2019, as well as the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Diversity Leadership Award in 2011. He received the Chief David Crowchild Award in 2011 for contributions to improving relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the City of Calgary, and was awarded the Chief David Crowshoe Award by the University of Calgary in 2004 for outstanding contributions to Aboriginal education. 


Lickers, Michael (2018) "Your Still Not Listening To Us: What First Nations Youth are Saying”. Journal of Indigenous Research: Vol. 6 : Iss. 2018 , Article 1. 
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Lickers, M. (2018). Indigenous considerations in non-profit management. In K. Seel, (ed.). Management of nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada. (4th edition), pp. 561-604. Markham, On;  LexisNexis

Lickers, M. (2017). Giving Voice to First Nations Youth Leadership. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, XXXVII, (1).

Lickers, M. (2016). Indigenous youth leadership development: Rediscovering youth leadership (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation) Royal Roads University, Victoria. BC.

Lickers, M. (2008).Urban Aboriginal Leadership; The Delicate Dance Between Two Worlds. Calgary, Ab: VDM Publishers.

Lickers, M., White, L. (2008) International Indigenous Youth Leadership Education: International Indigenous Education Journal, First Nations University.

Lickers, M. (2007). Rediscovering Identity; Aboriginal Youth and Substance Abuse: Educational Journal Lobstick, Volume 5.