GDI Strategic Plan 2008
1. Introduction and Background
Early in 2008, the Gabriel Dumont Institute Board of Governors began the process of developing a strategic plan for 2008-2011. The strategic planning process was led by the GDI Board of Governors and was based on consultation and input from a wide range of stakeholders. The objective of the planning process was to determine broad strategic directions for GDI for the next three years. It involved seeking input from GDI – its Board, senior management and employees, as well as GDI’s political partners, key stakeholders and the Métis community.1.1 Strategic Planning Process
The GDI Board and senior management held two planning sessions in early 2008. Both sessions were facilitated by Irene Seiferling of Board Dynamics, a Saskatoon-based consultant familiar with the work of GDI.
The first strategic planning session was held on January 11 and 12, 2008 in Saskatoon. The two-day session was attended by approximately thirty people, including an Elder, Board members, staff members, political representatives, community members, student representatives, and managers.
The second planning session was held on April 3, 2008 with the Board and senior management in attendance. The objective of the follow-up session in April was to formulate the broad strategic goals. Prior to doing this, the GDI Board of Governors reviewed the outcomes from the January session as well as the goals outstanding from the current strategic plan.
A discussion document was developed that set out key points from the planning sessions as well as the broad statements of strategic direction, as prioritized by the Board and senior management and unanimously agreed upon at the April session.
In May and June 2008 the strategic planning discussion document was made available to Métis regions, Métis Locals, The MN-S Executive, Provincial Métis Council, and other stakeholders in the province. Representatives for each region were consulted for feedback.
In July and August, 2008 the GDI Board of Governors collected and reviewed the input from the consultation process in order to finalize the strategic plan for the Institute for the next three years.
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