Jul 24, 2020
Posted in: recognition
Friday, July 24, 2020
For Immediate Release
(Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) Today, Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MNS) Education Minister Dr. Earl Cook announced that the CEO of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), Geordy McCaffrey, has determined his time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities.
“Geordy began his journey with GDI as a student and twenty-seven years later leaves the school stronger than it has ever been,” said Cook. “We thank him for his service and dedication, particularly during his eighteen years as chief executive officer, and are so grateful for the legacy he leaves behind.”
Cook outlined McCaffrey’s accomplishments since taking the helm as CEO in 2003, which include but are not limited to: unprecedented academic stability and curriculum growth; 500 percent increase in revenues for programs and services; quadrupling of student enrollment, established GDI Training & Employment; and the securement of university funding for Métis students. McCaffrey played an instrumental role in developing GDI’s invaluable Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NSITEP) in La Ronge in 2019. He also presided over the relocation of the school to its beautiful new building in Saskatoon, which is also home to a Métis museum, art gallery, and special collection of Métis historical artifacts.
“I’m proud to have been a part of the Gabriel Dumont Institute’s growth and evolution, and am looking forward to seeing what comes next, both for the school for myself,” said McCaffrey. “GDI has provided me with a wonderful career, and I feel strongly that it makes sense for me to exit when it’s at such a high point in its history.”
“Making this decision was admittedly much easier knowing the incredible staff I’m leaving behind to continue building upon GDI’s success,” continued McCaffrey. “Myself, the Métis people of Saskatchewan, and the entire province can rest assured that GDI’s strong future and adherence to tradition remains in the most capable of hands.” The Institute has a full-time staff of 200 located throughout 20 different locations in the Province.
GDI’s board of directors have resolved to extend McCaffrey’s contract, due to expire at the end 2020, in order to enable a national search for his replacement by an executive search firm, which will be selected in the near future to assist in a comprehensive recruitment strategy. McCaffrey will continue at the helm of GDI as its CEO until June 2021.
GDI is a Métis-owned post-secondary and cultural institution in Saskatchewan which includes the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), Dumont Technical Institute, Gabriel Dumont College, GDI Training and Employment, the Métis Culture and Heritage Department, and Gabriel Dumont Institute Press. GDI is affiliated with the MN–S and is governed by a 12-member Board of Governors, comprising one representative from each of the 12 MN–S Regions, plus a Chairperson who is also the MN–S Minister of Education.
For more information and for media inquiries, please contact:
|Dr. Earl Cook
Minister of Education Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Suite 201, 208-19th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 5X8 (306) 425-7530
Executive Director Gabriel Dumont Institute 306-657-2231