Max is a citizen of Sweetgrass First Nation and comes from proud Norwegian farmers in southern Saskatchewan. He is Co-Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a youth-led charity providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth opportunities to engage in reconciliation dialogues and leadership development at a local and national level. Max, who is learning nêhiyawewin, has contributed to The Globe and Mail, CBC, Briarpatch, Academica, and is asked regularly to comment on reconciliation, youth and Indigenous issues. In 2014, CBC Saskatchewan recognized Max as one of the top 40 change makers under 40 in Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and has also studied at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway.