Justin Rivard was born in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island. He is of Cree descent. In addition to being trained artistically as a carver, Justin is a trained jeweller. He is dedicated to applying his skills to new and unconventional forms, while using the same media of gold, silver and semi-precious stones.
For example, Justin has created carved business card holders, lighter covers, and cufflinks. Justin trained with Kwakwaka'wakw artist Ray Dumont for 16 years and has worked in Canadian, American and Scottish galleries.
In 2014, Justin was asked by international design firm 'wings + horns' to complete a set of ten limited edition cuff bracelets to celebrate the company's tenth year.