Matthew Corkum | Top 40 Under 40 2023

He advocates for people with disabilities by helping to create inclusive sport opportunities and by public speaking.

Photo by Chris Landry; location, 400 Third.

Age: 39

Job title: Head Meteorologist, Dynasty Power, and Accessibility Advocate

Why he’s a 2023 Top 40 Under 40: He advocates for people with disabilities by helping to create inclusive sport opportunities and by public speaking.

Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at 18 months old, Matthew Corkum knows what it’s like needing accommodation in an unaccommodating world, but doesn’t let that stop him. After earning a PhD in atmospheric science in 2013, Corkum went to work for Dynasty Power as a meteorologist. He has since grown the department from his single position and now holds the title of Head Meteorologist, leading a team of four.

Corkum is also a prominent advocate for accessibility, sharing his story through public speaking engagements locally, provincially and nationally. “My goal is to help people understand the things I have to deal with to live the same life non-disabled people live,” he says.

Some of his public speaking aligns with his work with Rocky Mountain Adaptive (RMA), a Canmore-based charitable organization that creates adventure opportunities for people with physical or neurodivergent challenges. In March, 2021, Corkum started ski lessons through RMA. Since becoming a director last year, he has helped RMA expand into summer programs and double its revenue. In 2022, Corkum spoke at the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians Gala, helping to raise $25,000 for RMA, while earlier this year, he spoke at the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports-Calgary gala in support of ski and snowboard programs for persons with disabilities.

Corkum has also been a part of the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility for five years, advocating for initiatives such as a centralized taxi dispatch system to improve efficiency and lower wait times for users who rely on this service. He also speaks with first-year medical students from the University of Calgary and serves as a mentor for adaptive sport student projects at Mount Royal University. “Anytime I see an opportunity to educate or create a more inclusive space, I make it happen,” he says.

Thank Yous
“My family back home in Nova Scotia, especially my Mom and Grampy; friends across the country and the world; Rocky Mountain Adaptive; the Calgary Canucks Rugby Club; my personal trainer Lance Mocsoy; and my employer Dynasty Power.”

 

Top 40 Under 40 2023

Susannah S. Alleyne

Dave Carlton & Andrew Renaux

May Choi

Devin Cooper

Matthew Corkum

Morgan Curley & Marc Husted

Lauren DeDieu

Julie Deleemans

Barry, Daniel & Lorin Doerksen

Nauzer Forbes

Aravind Ganesh

Stephanie Hutchinson

Hadis Karimipour

Dion Kelly & Eli Kinney-Lang

Ben Klepacki

Krista Lauridsen

Chantelle Little

Aaron Logan

Adam Martinson

Renee Matsalla

Jayme Minor

Husein Moloo

Daniel Monzon

Anna Murphy

Toyin Lafenwa Oladele

Maxim Olshevsky

David Oulton

Kathryn Pearce

Jacqueline Peterson

Steven Ross

Julie Rubin

Ishita Singla

Chaz Smith

Cassie Suche

Jared Darcy Tailfeathers

Brodie Thomas

Benjamin Tutolo

Andrea Urquhart

Ashley Wanamaker

Steven Yip

Learn more about the people and organizations moving Calgary forward with Avenue's Innovation Newsletter.

This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

Related posts

This Local Accelerator Program is Training Future Tech Talent

avenuecalgary

Innovator of the Week: Temi Okesanya’s Roadside Assistance App Focuses on Safety and Savings

Tsering Asha

Innovators of the Week: Animal HealthLink Launches First Veterinary Telehealth Program for Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Tsering Asha

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Privacy Policy

Privacy & Cookies Policy
Avenue Calgary