Darren Googoo

Past EdCan Network Chair - Director of Education, Membertou First Nation

Localisation : Membertou, NS

Darren Googoo has been the Director of Education for Membertou Mi’kmaq First Nation for the past 19 years. He holds a Masters in Education in supporting diverse learning and believes strongly in lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Darren is also Chair of the Council on Mikmaq Education, a Board Member of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, Treasurer to the Board of Literacy Nova Scotia, a Member of the Purdy Crawford National Committee, Vice Chair of the Canadian Education Association and a Member of the Astra Zeneca National Youth Advisory Board. He has a strong passion for the creation and implementation of ideas that move Mi’kmaq education forward.

Darren McKee is originally from O-Chi-Cha-Ko-Sipi First Nation in the Interlake region of Manitoba, but completed his formal schooling in Saskatchewan. Darren has a B.Ed. (with Distinction) and M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a classroom teacher, in-school administrator, Superintendent and Director of Education.

Darren served for a number of years with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as a Superintendent, Director, Executive Director and Assistant Deputy Minister. In 2011, he became the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Darren has presented at a number of national and international conferences on leadership and Aboriginal education and currently sits on a number of national boards including C-21 Canada; Canadian Education Association (Council Member); and, the National Selection Committee with INAC. He also sits on the board of the United Way Regina.

Darren’s knowledge and experience makes him a highly sought-after coach, consultant and speaker. Specifically, Darren provides these services in the area of education, government, First Nations or Indigenous peoples relating to change, leadership, relations and strategic directions.

Darren has completed the following: Leadership Training and Development through the University of Saskatchewan; Crucial Conversations; Expedition Coaching (Certification in Progress); and, Kouses & Posner Leadership Practices Inventory.