Mark Cleveland has lived and worked in Canada’s north for nearly forty years.
First employed in the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) public service in what is now the Nunavut Territory, Mark has lived and worked in Arctic Bay and Iqaluit prior to moving to Yellowknife in 1988. While initially working as a community adult educator, the majority of his public service career was spent in management and leadership positions.
Mark’s career with the GNWT included over ten years as a member of the senior management of the territorial college system; for six years he served a college president. As well, he worked for ten years as a Deputy Minister, serving in the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment, Health and Social Services and the Executive. As well, he also spent time as the Secretary to the Financial Management Board (of the GNWT’s Cabinet) and was the Comptroller General for the GNWT.
Since his retirement from the public service in 2007, Mark has operated a small consulting firm providing strategic and operational advice to various governments, agencies and Aboriginal organizations. Through his firm, he has led many projects that have included activities including consultations, organizational assessments, strategic planning, as well as activities resulting in the preparation of discussion and policy papers on key economic, cultural and social program initiatives. He has also conducted a number of workshops, on a variety of topics.
Mark is married with an adult daughter. For the past six years he has been active as a member of the board of directors of the Yellowknife Co-operative. As well, he and his family have travelled extensively including trips across Canada and throughout North America. As well they have traveled to Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America.