Innovation Lead and Founder of Makwa Wise: Wellness Innovations Solutions Everyday
In 2009, Roger returned home to Mississauga First Nation, where his Great Grandfather Moses Boyer and Great Grandmother Sophie Niganawana (Morningstar) lived their lives. His grandmother, Martha White-Boyer, taught him the importance of education and to be an advocate for our people. In 2004, he started advocating for systemic change through his work with Alberta’s Provincial Co-Management Suicide Reduction Committee. This professional experience has provided him with the skill base to cultivate the values needed for change beside communities in developing sustainable wellness plan within their citizenship particularly adolescents and young adults. His success and continued learning has been focused on role modeling positive change while learning from negative experience. This role modeling is supported through his choice to walk in a way which does not including drugs or alcohol instead ceremony and culture. This choice has provided bedrock of harmony to lead his family.
Academically, Roger received his Bachelors of Science degree with a double area of concentration in Biology and Chemistry, a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies with a focus on Cultural Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Leadership. His passion for quality drove him to study under Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (ihi.org) becoming a Certified Improvement Advisor (IA). This knowledge has aided in the development of a wholistic worldview to healthcare system design, implementation and evaluation through an evidence-based decision framework. Both quality improvement and care are foundation to his practice as a health leader. He is registered at a Certified Health Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and was chosen by this College as a Different Maker.
For the past fourteen (14) years, Roger has sat under the guidance of both mainstream and indigenous elders to better understand the model of health and wellbeing at home. His work has carried him to become a Health Director to a Director of Comprehensive Primary Health Care and now the Innovation Lead and Founder of Makwa Wise: Wellness Innovations Solutions Everyday. This company focuses on outsourcing healthcare management, implementing quality assurance and improvement frameworks for streamlining work and process flows, medical supply chain mobilization and consulting with academic research focused on health and wellbeing (i.e., McMaster and St. Michael’s Well Living House under Dr. Janet Smylie).
Roger joined The Change Foundation board in 2018.