Roy Pogorzelski is Métis from Saskatchewan and his family comes from the communities of Green Lake, Meadow Lake and Batoche in the north. He has a BA in Indigenous Studies and a BHJ in Human Justice form the University of Regina and an MSC in Cultures and Development Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium.
Roy spent 4 years with the City of Lethbridge as the Inclusion Consultant representing the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD) and the Vibrant Lethbridge`s poverty reduction initiatives.
Roy also co-chaired the Reconciliation sub-committee and wa sinstrumental in the creation of a Reconciliation Implementation Plan (2017-2027) for the City of Lethbridge in response to the TRC Calls to Action. He also represented UNESCO Canada at the International Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination (ICCAR) in Nairobi Kenya.
Roy is also a member of the University of Lethbridge Senate, sits on the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the YMCA Lethbridge Board of Directors, Economic Development Board of Directors, is the outgoing President for the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Mosaic, sits on the Lethbridge Reconciliation Advisory Committee and the Historical Places Advisory Committee for the City of Lethbridge. Roy has also been appointed as a Board of Director for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and was also appointed to the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council.
Roy has won numerous awards in business and for his work in Human Rights and was named the overall winner of the BDO Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce 2017 Top 40 under 40 Award. He is involved in business, owning and operating 3 business: Good Times Comedy Club, Pogo Bros Entertainment and RWP Consulting.
Roy has worked in business, non-profit, government, internationally and as a consultant. Previously, Roy was the Director of Indigenous Student Affairs at the University of Lethridge, but has recently accepted an offer to be a PHD Candidate in Social, Cultural and Political thought for the U of L while instructing in the Faculty of Management and Indigenous Studies.