Message from the CEO

The Rupertsland Institute - Métis Centre of Excellence was formally incorporated “by the Métis people, for the Métis people.” Formerly known as the Labour Market Development program under the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), today the Rupertsland Institute (RLI) plays a significant and expanding role as a public service entity for the Métis people of Alberta.

As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in charge of operations and the day-to-day administration of RLI, I am humbled by the trust and confidence placed in RLI from the MNA Provincial Council to deliver high quality programming and services to our community. I also extend my gratitude to the individual members of our Board of Governors for their time and commitment to RLI. The sharing of their professional experience and insight brings further support to our community in realizing its full potential through education, training and research.


CEO Lorne Gladu & Laurie Hawn at the RLI Announcement Press Conference

In 2010, the MNA Provincial Council granted three mandates to RLI in the areas of education, training, and research. As the CEO, it is my role to ensure that each mandate delivers a substantive and viable product to our Métis community. As a result, RLI’s long-term goals and business plan objectives are carefully designed to meet the needs, aspirations, and dreams of the clients we serve. To carry this out, I work very closely with a Senior Management Team consisting of a Director of Operations, and five Associate Directors who are responsible for RLI’s Corporate Services, KETO Data Services, Research and Professional Development, Metis Training to Employment, and Metis Education and Advancement.

The Senior Management Team meets regularly in round-table discussions to provide updates on current activities, seek input from each member on planned activities, and to ensure full participation on administrative decision-making. In addition, members of the Senior Management Team meet with RLI regional managers on a quarterly basis to support our collective vision of excellence in operational planning and service delivery.

At the moment, federal funding forms 99.5% of all revenues provided to RLI through an Agreement under the Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS). As such, we are obligated to operate under a strict accountability framework primarily developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and by the Treasury Board of Canada. The ASETS accountability framework sets outs a regime of annual and quarterly reporting requirements which are carried out by Service Canada staff. Balancing these reporting requirements with our mandate to create and develop effective services and partnerships supported by demand-driven skills development requires a huge amount of work. This is why I take great pride in my Senior Management Team as each member of this team exemplifies the tenacity, dedication, and commitment to excellence that carries the vision of RLI. In addition, our province-wide staff demonstrates a tireless dedication to client services and a job well done as it works directly with the Métis citizens across this province. Together, we operate as a cohesive and tight-knit team that is accountable to our Board, our Shareholder, and most importantly, the Métis people in our mandate areas.

It is my hope is that this website will provide a timely and interactive communications forum that will provide our clients and stakeholders with the information they need regarding services and activities at RLI while giving insight to organizational governance and our Board’s strategic orientation.

I look forward to the opportunities that the future will bring as we continually strive for excellence both for, and amongst, the Métis people.

Lorne Gladu
CEO Rupertsland Institute