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The RLI Team

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) includes approximately 60 staff members who are committed to working with and for Métis people by providing high quality services and programming to the Métis community in Alberta.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Directly accountable to the RLI Board of Governors, the CEO is responsible for ensuring the three mandates of education, training and research are carried out effectively by RLI staff.

Director of Operations

The Director of Operations oversees the administrative functions of the organization and coordinates the work of the Associate Directors.

Associate Directors

Associate Directors develop work plans under their respective areas of responsibility that reflect the goals outlined under the RLI Business Plan and the current priorities of the federal Aboriginal labour market strategy.  Collectively, the various work plans feed into the RLI Annual Operational Plan that serves as a guide for the work that RLI conducts on behalf of the Métis people during the course of the fiscal year.

Senior Management Team (SMT)

The CEO, the Director of Operations and the Associate Directors comprise the Senior Management Team (SMT). The SMT operates as a collegiate decision-making body and advises the CEO on action items pertaining to the operations of Rupertsland Institute under the mandates of education, training and research.

Lorne Gladu




Guido Contreras

Director of Operations

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Kathleen Tilley

Associate Director, Human Resources



Sharon Sawchuk

Associate Director, Métis Training to Employment


Trish Gooz

Deputy Director of Operations



Lisa Cruickshank

Associate Director, Métis Education



Service Delivery Team

RLI’s service delivery network is decentralized through community-based programming and divides the province into four geographic regions. This organizational structure allows for standardized client service delivery through a network of Education & Employment offices (Métis Training to Employment or MTE), while centralizing financial and administrative accountability at the Head Office.

Regional Managers are responsible for overseeing the regional budget that supports Métis clients and their training needs. In response to labour market conditions, Regional Managers determine the best way to deliver client services in their respective region. Regional services include individualized action plans and training projects that are designed to match clients with an occupational interest to a specific labour market demand. While developing training projects, Regional Managers engage partners, employers and other stakeholders that can support the training and facilitate a successful entry into the labour market.

Lisa Savill

Manager, Métis Education Foundation and Executive Operations


The Métis Education Foundation has established endowments with various post-secondary institutions across Alberta.

The investments derived from the endowments provide bursaries and awards to Métis students. Working closely with the post-secondary institutions, Lisa manages endowments under the Métis Education Foundation.

Belle Dy-Reyes

Manager, Northeast region


Northeast region includes Métis Nation of Alberta’s (MNA) Regions 1 and 2. MTE offices are in Bonnyville and Lac La Biche and mobile service is provide to Conklin, Fort McMurray, St Paul, Cold Lake, Lloydminster and other locations.

Michéle McCullough

Manager, Northwest region


Northwest region encompasses MNA’s Regions 5 and 6. MTE offices are in Grande Prairie, Peace River, High Prairie and Slave Lake with mobile service provided to High Level, Fort Vermillion, Fairview, Red Earth/Wabasca and other locations.

Roxanne Hall

Manager, Central region


Central region incorporates MNA’s Region 4 and one MTE office in Edmonton with mobile services provided to Hinton, Grande Cache and Whitecourt as well as other communities in the region.

Dylan Turner

Manager, South region


South region covers MNA’s Region 3 and has two MTE offices in Calgary and Red Deer. Mobile services are provided to Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, Rocky Mountain House and Drumheller. RLI works with the SAAMIS Aboriginal Employment and Training Society to deliver services on behalf of Métis clients in Medicine Hat.

Kristena Belcourt

Provincial Project Manager


Lorna Lang

Online Program Manager