Gabe Mercier is a former education director at Assiniboine Community College Parkland Campus in Dauphin, and a former Dean of Trades and Technology at University College of the North.
He is a product of both the college and university systems in Manitoba. The early years of his post-secondary education were spent at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon taking the Auto Mechanics program followed by working in industry for seven years and completing an apprenticeship program with an inter-provincial journeyperson status.
Gabe completed a Diploma in Education from Red River College, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters of Education degree from University of Manitoba. He has spent the past 36 years in teaching and administering in education—23 of which were in the public school system, as a teacher and Vice principal. He considers his roots as being in the Trades. In fact, he still considers himself a mechanic; "I still want to fix things, including education and training."
Gabe is serving on a number of boards. He is presently president of Parkland Chamber of Commerce (formerly Dauphin Chamber of Commerce), but also serves on Community Futures (CF) Parkland board as well as the provincial CF Board, Rotary Club of Dauphin, and an elected member of Mountain School Division School Board. Upon retirement from the day to day working on a campus, Gabe has formed an education enterprise called Parkland Skills Training and Research Institute, with focused on curriculum development in the trades and technology areas, and transition to work programs.