Geoff Leo

Senior Investigative Journalist

Geoff Leo is a Michener Award nominated investigative journalist and a Canadian Screen Award winning documentary producer and director. He has been covering Saskatchewan stories since 2001. Email Geoff at

Latest from Geoff Leo

CBC Investigates

Buffy Sainte-Marie's claims of Cree ancestry and birth on Sask. First Nation removed from her website

The biography of Buffy Sainte-Marie on her official website no longer claims the famous singer is a Cree woman "likely" born on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. The singer said she removed the references to protect those who have defended her in the wake of CBC's investigation into her ancestry claims.
CBC Investigates

Regina Exhibition Association CEO admits conflict of interest but says it's being handled by the book

Tim Reid, the president and CEO of the Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. (REAL), admits his private consulting firm is putting him in a conflict of interest, but says he has disclosed it to the REAL board, which is handling the matter appropriately.
CBC Investigates

Report blames Regina's sexualized rebranding fiasco on unnamed junior staffer, but critics say that's absurd

An investigative report into Regina's recent rebranding fiasco, which played on the fact that Regina rhymes with vagina, blames a junior staffer, who allegedly published sexualized slogans to the city's tourism website without management authorization. Critics say that claim is absurd.

Sask. government says employee may have been involved in 'illegal immigration scheme': privacy commish

The Saskatchewan government believes an employee of the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training inappropriately accessed the files of 40 applicants, in connection with a suspected "illegal immigration scheme," according to a report late last month from Saskatchewan's information and privacy commissioner. 

Mother of teen who died in Sask. ministry care still begging for accountability, action a year later

On Thursday, Stellayna Severight’s mother Angela went to the legislature to beg the minister for answers as to why Stellayna died at a time when the Ministry was acting as her legal parent.

University of Saskatchewan launches website aimed at rooting out Indigenous identity fraud

The University of Saskatchewan has launched a website it hopes will help ensure that only genuine Indigenous people will benefit from jobs and funding set aside for them.

University of Regina has rescinded Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's honorary doctorate

The University of Regina says it has revoked the honorary doctor of laws degree it bestowed on Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 2003.  

Turpel-Lafond voluntarily returns honorary doctorate to Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) says it has accepted Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's offer to return the honorary doctorate the university granted her in 2013, according to a VIU news release.

Indigenous prof says UBC's silence on Turpel-Lafond controversy casts 'shadow' on institution

Daniel Justice says he was met with silence by the University of British Columbia (UBC) for more than two months, despite his best efforts to raise concerns about how the institution was handling the controversy around Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond no longer employed by UBC

High-profile professor and former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is no longer employed at the University of British Columbia, according to an official with the institution.