Randy Risto

Maskwacis Education Schools Commission

Associate Superintendent: Corporate Services

Randy Risto is the Associate Superintendent: Corporate Services for Maskwacis Education Schools Commission (MESC). Randy grew up on a farm in the Wetaskiwin area near the Maskwaci Cree Nations and spent several years working in northern Alberta in the forest industry before becoming a teacher. While working in the education sector he has had the role of Teacher, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Superintendent of Personnel, Deputy Superintendent, Chair of the Government of Alberta (GOA) Attendance Board and Director of the GOA First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Field Services Branch. Attending school with First Nations students and working with First Nation people on the farm and in the forest instilled in Randy the importance of Wahkohtowin. Randy currently lives near the Samson Cree Nation and is married to Jill, they have two children.


The Role of Data in Negotiation with Federal Government to Create a First Nation Education System

In this presentation, Brian and will share the journey of using data to tell the story of the four Nations of Maskwacîs to the Federal Government to enable the negotiation of an agreement that would allow for the development of a single education authority that would be able to better support student growth and success.