Conference Host and Keynote Facilitator
Drawing from an exciting career in recreation, business, leadership, and community development, Mick engages his audience with a blend of highly interactive and meaningful facilitation, and the passionate telling of stories from 25 years in the field.
Following an early start in recreation and leadership at several branches of the Winnipeg YM-YWCA and Camp Stephens, Mick graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Recreation Studies where he focused on leadership, outdoor adventure, and experiential learning. He coordinated and taught the outdoor adventure instructional programs at the UofM Recreational Services over that same period.
Upon graduating, he co-founded an adventure-education company working primarily with schools, non-profit at risk youth serving agencies, and community groups.
After operating this business successfully for a decade with a focus on youth and community while simultaneously working as a specialized educational consultant for the Wpg School Division, and teaching several University courses, Mick shifted his focus to leadership training and team development in the corporate world.
Concurrently, during that shift, Mick continued to teach outdoor adventure programs and founded a private kayaking school that is still in operation today.
Taiga Consulting, his current training and development practice, was founded in 2004 and in addition to building his national client base, has resulted in several professional service relationships including his role as Director of Corporate Retreats and Team Learning, and Wilderness Guide for a boutique travel learning company; specialized Senior Consultant for a national Human Resource firm; and founding CEO of an international bio-tech company.
Mick has served on 15 community boards, many of a national and provincial scope, and has spearheaded several successful recreationally focused clubs and community projects.
Mick and his wife Lisa live on the northern edge of Riding Mountain National Park, with their two 2 sons, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and the occasional horse. He is an avid whitewater kayaker, adventure racer, Taekwondo martial artist and Yoga practitioner.