Keith Diakiw, CD, P.Geo.

    Keith Diakiw, CD, P.Geo.Keith Diakiw is a professional Métis geologist and GEO (Geo Experience Officer) of Talking Rock Tours, which is the world’s first geo-educational adventure company that is 100% Indigenous-owned and operated. Talking Rock Tours provides discovery tours that highlight the natural and cultural history of the geological wonders of Alberta through an Indigenous cultural lens.

    Mr. Diakiw attended both the University of Lethbridge and University of Alberta where he successfully earned three bachelor’s degrees: a bachelor of science co-op in physical geography, a bachelor of arts in anthropology/archaeology, and a bachelor of science specialization in geology. While attending the University of Alberta, Keith Diakiw also joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a reservist and became a qualified Naval Warfare Officer in 2005. Mr. Diakiw’s previous work experience involves exploration and mining within Western Canada (coal, oil and gas, and oilsands), as well as working on offshore oil and gas platforms in Brazil.

    Currently, Keith Diakiw works as the northern environmental coordinator for the Canadian Army and operates Talking Rock Tours on the weekends. Mr. Diakiw also considers himself an indigipreneur as he strives to meet the needs of the public with Indigenous-themed tours and workshops as a vehicle for reconciliation-in-action. In 2021, Mr. Diakiw was elected as a Board Member of Indigenous Tourism Alberta and selected as the Indigenous Liaison for the Interpretive Guides Association.

    Keith Diakiw is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Canadian Energy Geoscience Association, Alberta Palaeontological Society, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Interpretive Guides Association, and the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta.