Matt Thorpe

Email: mthorpe@mthorpe.com | Cell: 519-708-8578

I am an Aboriginal person, educated by the school of hard knocks who is driven by commitment, integrity and authenticity to ensure the success of all the work that I facilitate. With over twenty-five years of experience in the world of training, entrepreneurship, mediation, workplace learning/facilitation and coaching. My dynamic approach, skills, experience and ability shifts individuals quickly into the space of authentic resolution and profound self-awareness.

I am a strong front-line leader with a win-win attitude. My rigorous commitment, discipline and reliability, combined with my dynamic and inclusive style of communication, have allowed me to work very successfully with diverse groups, their communities and organizations across Canada and the US.

My best and most powerful learnings come from the non-traditional teachings I have acquired over the years. In addition, my life experiences, intuition and ability to deeply connect with people from different walks of life have served my clients well in getting to the root-causes in all the facilitations and mediations that I have conducted.

I am consistently in touch with who I am, why I do what I do and why it matters. As one of my mentors once said to me: “if you are in the job of service you want to make sure you are doing your own work” – something I have been committed to for over 29 years.

I am the Founder and Senior Director of M. Thorpe & Associates Inc., a company committed to conflict resolution, learning circles and coaching services. I am acutely aware of the need for cultural sensitivity whenever disputes occur between members of different cultures, communities and organizations. In mediations/facilitations, I place true value on humanness, which allows all participants not only to be heard, but also to gain a deeper awareness of fairness, honesty and interpersonal responsibility.

My work has involved working with victims and offenders, unions and management, human rights complainants, federal and provincial courts, hospital staff and management, teachers and students, family and Aboriginal community members; each case posing specific, and in some ways, unique challenges.

I am frequently invited as a special advisor and keynote speaker at various forums and national conferences. Some of the topics include Positive Lifestyle Choices, Embracing and Celebrating Diversity, Power and Freedom Through Story and Stress Management. One of my most exciting keynotes was the very first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs and the World Mediation Summit in Madrid, Spain.

 

Work Accomplishments

  • Development and facilitation of workplace restoration/healing circles and mediation of hundreds of situations towards mutual understanding and successful resolution within the private and public sectors and non-profit organizations.
  • Facilitator and Keynote Speaker at various government functions and non-profit organizations on topics related to stress, wellness, self-expression and personal responsibility.
  • Facilitation of multi-party negotiations to the satisfaction of all parties involved: some involving monetary settlements.
  • Investigation, fact finding and settlement of over 50 cases for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Department of Justice, which also involved working with legal councils. These cases had not previously been resolved because of the cultural background of the parties.
  • Executive Coach for Senior Government staff.
  • Research, development and implementation of Healing Lodge and Alternative Justice projects within Canada.
  • Development of crime prevention initiatives (including training video for the Edmonton Police Service on gangs) in secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Assistant Director, CCRF Healing Lodge in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Director of the Langford Youth Center in Victoria, British Columbia: responsible for the restructuring of the facility’s administration and programs, coordination of programs for substance abuse, self-esteem, anger management, stress management and life skills, development and facilitation of a successful “Bullying” Program recognized by the Premier of British Columbia.
  • Native Liaison Advisor in several Federal Institutions, working to establish links between Aboriginal Offenders and Correctional Authority, and between offenders and the community at large. The work involved: negotiating mandates and clarifying roles and responsibilities in the best interest of all parties involved, conducting investigations with regards to human rights issues; providing cross-cultural and communication training for institutional staff and national parole board members and; providing conflict resolution and life support services to Aboriginal offenders in three different regions.

 

Formal Learning Accomplishments

  • Mediation Certificate from Harvard Law School (2003)
  • Advanced Mediation Course from Harvard Law School (2015)
  • Mediation Training from Carleton University and the Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Balanced Lifestyle Program, Risk Management, Critical Response Training with Correctional Services Canada
  • Cross Cultural Training Certificate
  • Executive Transformational Coach
  • Personality Types and Behavior
  • Ethics 2000 and Beyond (AARSW & CSC Symposium)
  • Completion of Curriculum for Living from Landmark Education
  • Community Justice Forum Facilitator Training with the RCMP
  • Entrepreneurship Training Program from Lokken Career Training

 

Awards & Recognition

  • High Standard of Accomplishment and Appreciation, Commissioner of Correctional Services, Ottawa
  • Problem Solver and Team Leader, Ministry of Corrections, British Columbia
  • High Standard of Volunteer Service, Ministry of Corrections, Ontario

 

Volunteerism Experience

  • Appointed to the Family Law Court and Youth Justice Committee of Vancouver
  • Team Leader and Facilitator of Violent Offender Program in Secondary School (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
  • Coordinator and Facilitator of Cultural Awareness Training (Nationally)
  • Facilitator of Family Violence and Substance Abuse Programs (Nationally)
  • Elected to sit on the Consultative Committee with the Ministry of Correctional Services, Metro West Detention Centre (Ontario Region)
  • Facilitated life skills workshops for male, female and young offenders (Ontario Region)
  • High Standard of Accomplishment and Appreciation, Commissioner of Correctional Services, Ottawa
  • Problem Solver and Team Leader, Ministry of Corrections, British Columbia
  • High Standard of Volunteer Service, Ministry of Corrections, Ontario

 

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