Matt Mayer, DBA Candidate, MSC, BComm

Founder and CEO of Arete Initiative

Area of expertise: Strategy, innovation, organizational design/development, sustainability / ESG / impact business models, leadership coaching/development

Current role: Founder and CEO of Arete Initiative

Matt holds a BComm, M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and is a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the University of Calgary (expected graduation 2024), where his dissertation will focus on the innovation process in less hierarchical organizations. He works in the field of corporate strategy, innovation, and organizational development as a Founder and “atypical” CEO of Arete Initiative. He has extensive experience coordinating multi-stakeholder and multi-interest groups that are working on some of the most difficult questions of our time. For example, as Lead, Special Projects for the Energy Futures Lab, Matt works on strategic projects that foster collaboration between energy leaders to create the energy system that the future requires of us. Other such initiatives include: accelerating a circular economy, increasing regenerative agriculture, galvanizing climate leadership and more. He has also consulted to many rapidly scaling companies on strategy and sustainability, several of which have sold for 9 figures.

Matt is a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary for courses pertaining to sustainable development for both MBA and undergrads. He has served on several voluntary Boards for local and national entities.