The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is pleased to announce the appointment of former executive assistant to the deputy minister to the premier of Saskatchewan, Giselle Marcotte, as the incoming director of the school’s Outreach & Training unit, effective August 17, 2015. Marcotte will succeed Wynne Young, who has served in that capacity since July 1, 2014, and who will remain on with the school as an executive-in-residence and special advisor.
“On behalf of the faculty, staff and our partners, I thank Wynne Young for the role she has played in the ongoing success of the JSGS Outreach & Training unit. I am pleased she will remain working with us on a part time basis," says Dr. Kathleen McNutt, JSGS executive director. “As we continue our work to deliver executive training and governance education and provide outreach services, including enhancing our community engagement, I am delighted Giselle Marcotte will be joining us.”
Giselle Marcotte began her career as a public servant with the Government of Saskatchewan in 1995. Her work has focused mainly on First Nations and Métis policy, including social, health, education, governance, employment and business development, as well as Northern social and economic development. Over the years, Marcotte has assumed leadership roles and evolving senior management positions, from senior policy analyst, director, executive director, acting assistant deputy minister, to her most recent corporate-wide position as executive assistant with Executive Council.
Prior to her work with the Province, Marcotte served in a number of policy and research capacities for such organizations as the Aboriginal Women’s Council of Saskatchewan, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and the Rupert’s Land Research Centre at the University of Winnipeg. She also contributed to the final report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
“I am honoured to join this prestigious policy school and look forward to working with our staff, faculty and partners. My efforts will be focused on continuing the significant work of my predecessors, and enhancing our work with universities, governments and communities across Saskatchewan and Canada,” says Giselle Marcotte.
Marcotte has a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the U of S, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Native Studies and Anthropology from Trent University. She has served on a number of boards in the province, and has assisted the Communauté Fransaskoise de la Saskatchewan with their governance structure.
Her experience and expertise in the public sector will prove to be a valuable asset to both the school and its student body, and to the various public sector clients the JSGS serves.
For more information, please contact:
Erica Schindel, Communications and Marketing Specialist
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy