Founder & CEO
Vickie is someone who finds and implements innovative solutions in the social sector. As the Founder and CEO of Tyze Personal Networks Vickie is a recognized Canadian source of inspiration and demonstrable solutions related to social networks, social innovation, citizenship and disability.
At Tyze, Vickie focuses her attention and expertise on how best to deliver online, personal support networks to people facing life challenges. She spearheaded the development of the Tyze platform, built the team that is now driving Tyze, and is playing the leading role in creating the connections and partnerships that will take Tyze to scale.
Vickie is the Founding Director of PLAN Institute, and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a pioneer social enterprise supporting families to secure the future of their family member with a disability. She created PLAN’s Personal Network program, a unique response to the isolation and loneliness experienced by people with disabilities and mentored the spread of grass roots PLAN groups in 40 locations globally.
Vickie is the recipient of the 2012 BC Community Achievement Award, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the Community Living Institute’s Leadership Award, the Canadian Psychological Association’s Humanitarian Award, and Simon Fraser University President’s Club Distinguished Community Leadership Award. She co-led a Canadian exploration on sustainability and social innovation, and is a Fellow with Social Innovation Generation, a partnership between the University of Waterloo, MaRS, and J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. In 2008, the Women’s Executive Network named Vickie one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Vickie is the Founding Director of the Family Support Institute and has taught and designed curriculum for colleges and universities. When she resigned from her faculty position at Douglas College, her colleagues established an annual student leadership award in her name, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to both students and faculty.
Vickie writes, consults and lectures internationally on social networks, organizational transformation and scaling social innovation. She is co-author of ‘Safe and Secure – Six Steps to Creating a Personal Future Plan for People with Disabilities’ and conducts annual leadership training and retreats.