Miles Richardson has spent a lifetime building bridges between people Ė in communities across British Columbia and on the national stage.
Best known as a community leader, Mr. Richardsonís background is quite diverse. He worked in logging and fishing on the Northwest Coast and spearheaded the development of several joint venture investment corporations after earning a degree in economics from the University of Victoria.
He was instrumental in establishing, and currently chairs, the Gwaii Trust, a $65-million community endowment fund for economic diversification for all people of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands. His work in environmental protection and conservation broke down bureaucratic walls and, for the first time, forced different levels of government to work collaboratively in finding solutions equally beneficial to all parties.
Building partnerships has been a cornerstone of Mr. Richardsonís career. He has succeeded in creating innovative working relationships with federal, provincial, municipal and First Nationsí governments, along with the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
For the past six years, he has served as Chief Commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission, with a focus on creating long-term opportunities for all British Columbians.
Mr. Richardsonís bold leadership received major recognition in 2002, when he was awarded a Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2000, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his environmental vision. He was also named to Macleanís magazineís 90th Anniversary Canadian Honour Roll.