GDI operates with a 12-member Board of Governors plus a Chairperson who is the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan (MN—S) Minister of Education. Each GDI Governor is selected from each of the 12 MN—S Regions. All Board members go through a three-step process for appointment that includes nomination at a Regional Council meeting, followed by ratification and approval by the Provincial Métis Council. Finally, approval by the Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration (AEEI) is required before an individual is officially appointed to the Board.
The 2010-2011 GDI Board members are as follows:
|Vice Chair||Glenn Lafleur||Northern Region I|
|Secretary||Tammy Mah||Western Region II|
|Members||Bernice Aramenko||Northern Region III|
|Guy Blondeau||Eastern Region III|
|Michael Bell||Western Region I|
|Viola Bell||Eastern Region II|
|Jackie Kennedy||Western Region IA|
|Collette Robertson||Western Region III|
|Shirley Ross||Western Region IIA|
|Gerald St. Pierre||Eastern Region IIA|
|Paul Trottier||Eastern Region I|
|Vacant||Northern Region II|
The Board of Governors oversees the Institute’s direction and is responsible for its operation and governance, including:
- adopting policies for GDI’s effective operation;
- formulating a strategic plan and overseeing its implementation;
- approving annual budgets, audits, and programs;
- functioning as GDI ambassadors, and encouraging students, and potential students in their study and career plans;
- representing GDI to all levels of government, to persons of Métis ancestry, and to the public generally; and
- appointing a CEO to be directly responsible for the implementation of policy and GDI’s day-to-day management and operations.
All GDI Governors are Métis people who possess knowledge of the cultural, historical and social circumstances of Saskatchewan’s Métis. The collective skills of the Board of Directors represent a number of different disciplines and perspectives. Some of the skill set and training areas include education, finance and administration, business, human resources, law, and communications, which taken together ensures a wide range of skills and perspectives.