[toggle_profile pic=”lisa-browne” title=”Lisa Browne” desc=”Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Lisa is Chief Executive Officer of Stella’s Circle, a leading non-profit community organization in St. John’s. The mission of the organization is to transform lives through real homes, real help and real work. Stella’s Circle has 125 outstanding staff who assist 1000 inspiring participants each year.
As a volunteer, Lisa is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Rooms and is an Associate with the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University. She is a past Deputy Mayor of the Town of Clarenville. In recognition of her community involvement, Lisa was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University.
Lisa was Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Ontario1 tour in 2012 and Co-Chaired the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee for the 2015 Conference.
Lisa and her husband Tim Hollett enjoy combining their passions of travelling and hiking and have most recently hiked the Salcantay Trail in Peru and the Lycian Way in Turkey.
[toggle_profile pic=”kerry-murray” title=”Kerry Murray” desc=”Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Kerry, a graduate of Memorial University and the University of Waterloo, is the Director of Economic and Social Policy with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). His work with the NLFL involves all aspects of economic and social policy work including research, writing, engagement and advocacy, as well as committee work both inside and outside the labour movement.
An active volunteer, Kerry sits on several community based boards and committees including the Provincial Council of the Rural Secretariat, the Avalon Regional Council and the Community Coalition for Mental Health Community Sector Council. He is a past board member of the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board and the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).
Kerry is an active alumnus of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and has participated in the organizing efforts for both the 2011 Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue and the 2012 GGCLC, in addition to co-chairing the Newfoundland and Labrador regional committee for the 2015 Conference, which held its opening in St. John’s.
Kerry splits his time between the City of St. John’s and the small outport community of Long Harbour in Placentia Bay.
[toggle_profile pic=”doug-newson” title=”Doug Newson” desc=”Chair, Prince Edward Island Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Born and raised in Charlottetown, Doug has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Prior to his current role, Doug spent seven years working in Halifax in the airline industry working with two different airlines, Air Canada Jazz and CanJet Airlines. In June of 2007, Doug was appointed CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. He currently serves as a board member of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association and Canadian Airports Council.
Doug supports his passion for basketball as a coach with the Stratford Minor Basketball Association and also as President of the Association. He is currently a co-chair for the Business Division of the QEH Friends for Life Campaign.
Doug is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
[toggle_profile pic=”david-alderson” title=”David Alderson” desc=”Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
David is Project Manager and Industrial Research Fellow in Energy Modernization at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. Over the past five years, he has been involved in the inception and establishment of the Verschuren Centre, leading program development strategy and business development. While managing a set of industrial energy and business development projects, David is now working on the establishment of a new program in Sustainable Modernization, with a focus on energy aspects of sustainable development.
David holds a Certificate in Applied Science from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. He is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Nova Scotia.
A proud participant of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, which included a study tour of Alberta, David was involved with the Nova Scotia Regional Committee’s 2015 study tour planning. He lives in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
[toggle_profile pic=”jennifer-chiasson” title=”Jennifer Chiasson” desc=”Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Over the past 15 years Jennifer has held senior positions in both strategy and business development. Jennifer has extensive experience in economic development, strategy development, sales and marketing and is currently responsible for investment strategy at Nova Scotia Business Inc. Most recently, as the Director of the Major Initiatives and Projects Office for the Province of Nova Scotia, she led a team coordinating the Province’s efforts to maximize economic benefits of major projects such as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
Prior to this role she held the position of Director Corporate Strategy at Nova Scotia Business Inc., leading investment and trade policy for the agency. Jennifer is a graduate from Cape Breton University, a Governor with the Nova Scotia Board for Junior Achievement, an active community volunteer and a proud participant of the 2015 Governor Generals Leadership Conference.
She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and their three boys.
[toggle_profile pic=”yves-pelletier” title=”Yves Y. Pelletier” desc=”Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Yves Pelletier is currently consulting in the education field and previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Post-Secondary Education with the Province of New Brunswick. He also worked at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Many of these positions provided a singular focus: strengthening educational outcomes in Canada.
Yves holds two undergraduate degrees in biology (Laurentian) and history (Ottawa) as well as a Master’s (Ottawa) and PhD (Queen’s) in Canadian History. He has published many scholarly articles. He and his husband, Wes, live in Fredericton.
Yves currently serves on the board of governors of the Canadian Career Development Foundation, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization, which aims to strengthen policy and programs relating to career development in all of life’s transitions. He has also served as an external advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in their design of new demonstration projects to strengthen transitions to post-secondary education for underrepresented groups, and has taught the history of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy to groups within the Canadian Forces.
A 2012 GGCLC member and Saskatchewan Study Group Chair, Yves is thrilled to be able to provide the 2017 participants coming to New Brunswick the same formidable experience.
[toggle_profile pic=”nadine-duguay” title=”Nadine Duguay” desc=”Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Fluent in three languages, Nadine is a natural leader who has a proven track record in instigating and implementing successful projects as well as grassroots initiatives (e.g. Rotary Resurgo, MYPIE, WOMEN, El Nicho Alumni Fund). A champion of inclusiveness, Nadine is also a strategic thinker who will strive to find the creative solutions to any challenge.
Originally from Tracadie-Sheila, a small Acadian town located in the north-eastern part of New Brunswick, Nadine has learned the meaning of community, cooperation and the need to redefine our rural landscape in this evolving global marketplace. This is one of the reasons she keeps giving back to the community through either board placements, mentorship or advisory capacities, or the occasional emceeing or speaking engagement. Her true passion lies within grassroots initiatives and she can always be counted upon to mobilize the right people to change a deplorable situation into a thriving solution.
Professionally, Nadine has worked in community economic development, as well as the non-profit and private sectors and has experienced the world through cultural exchanges at a very young age (Costa Rica, India, Mexico), providing a well-rounded perspective and range of expertise that can be utilized in various industries. Nadine has recently been appointed as Marketing Advisor in Atlantic Canada for National Bank, thus returning to the private sector after five years in the non-profit sector (Executive Director of 21inc and Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre). Academically, Nadine has completed certifications in the areas of international trade and business and dreams of pursuing a Master’s in international development.
Over the years, Nadine has received awards or accolades with respect to leadership or extraordinary involvement, most recently being selected to participate in the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and now being appointed as the New Brunswick Co-Chair for the 2017 Conference. She also serves as one of the Co-Chair of the Georgetown 2.0 Conference and as Chair of the NB2026 roundtable.
[toggle_profile pic=”isabelle-foisy” title=”Isabelle Foisy” desc=”Chair, Quebec Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Holder of a Commerce degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1993), Isabelle has more than twenty years of management experience. She started her career in the telecommunication field, where she occupied strategic and operational functions. Her expertise is varied; she worked in business development, in sales, as well as in team management where she coached large groups of leaders and unionized employees. Isabelle has also managed projects and teams, where she was asked to travel in North America to seek best practices and implement them in the organisation.
In 2010, Isabelle accepted the position of President and Chief Executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Montréal. She successfully restructured the non-profit organization and ensured the lasting good governance of the Chamber.
In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Canadian Governor General’s Canadian Leadership conference (CCGLC), where with other Canadians, she visited the Yukon in order to present recommendations to improve sustainable development.
In 2015, Isabelle was named Executive of the Year by her professional federation. She is also a finalist in the 2015 Québec Business Woman Association. A member of many boards in past years, Isabelle is recognized for her networking skills as well as being involved in her community.
[toggle_profile pic=”john-elvidge” title=”John Elvidge” desc=”Chair, Ontario Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
John is Deputy City Clerk for the City of Toronto. He is responsible for the City’s governance and legislative processes, by-laws, public appointments and registry services.
John’s professional interests include democratic renewal and citizen engagement. His municipal career includes posts in culture, intergovernmental relations, strategic planning and corporate policy. Before joining the public service John worked as an arts administrator. He contributes his time as an official and technical committee member for swimming in Ontario.
John was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Chair of the Toronto Committee for the 2012 Conference and Chair of the Ontario Regional Committee in 2015.
[toggle_subprofile pic=”mark-schaan” title=”Mark Schaan” desc=”Ontario East” desc2=”” desi=””]
Mark was appointed Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in December of 2015. In this role, Mark helps advise on issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, competitions and insolvency, and support a high-functioning Canadian economy.
Prior to this, Mark served as Director of Operations, Business Transformation and Renewal Secretariat, Privy Council Office, with special responsibilities for the Innovation Hub in July 2014. In this capacity, Mark assisted in providing strategic advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Prime Minister on the transformation of the Public Service.
Mark served previously at Industry Canada as Director, Pharmaceutical Sector Directorate, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch. In this post, Mark helped to champion Government of Canada efforts to revitalize this important sector, and help to drive new investments into Canada and modernize the regulatory infrastructure. For his efforts, Mark was awarded a Deputy Minister’s Public Service Award for Management Excellence.
From 2009 to 2011, Mark was a Senior Project Leader in the Automotive and Transportation Industries Branch of Industry Canada. He joined the Branch to assist in the analysis of labour, pension and benefit issues in the restructuring of General Motors of Canada Limited, for which the team received a Public Service Award of Excellence for Exemplary Contribution under Extraordinary Circumstance.
Prior to this, Mark was a Senior Policy Analyst at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, where he assisted in analysis and policy development related to Canada’s Retirement Income System, for which his team received a Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence. Throughout his time in the public service Mark has also been actively involved in the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, an initiative aimed at bringing exceptional Canadian graduates into the public service and enriching the Government’s policy capacity. Mark served as Coordinator of this initiative from 2007 to 2009.
Mark earned his BA (Honours) from the University of Waterloo in Political Science with an Honours Option in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2002, where he studied as a Loran Scholar. Mark earned his MPhil in Comparative Social Policy, conferred in 2004, and his DPhil in Social Policy, conferred in 2010 from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Mark has been awarded the Nathalie des Rosiers Audacity of Imagination Award, the Barnett Prize in Social Policy, and the University of Waterloo Young Alumni Award.
Mark is also actively involved in his community, including helping to launch a new initiative at the National Gallery of Canada, active involvement in the Ten Oaks Project, including helping to launch Project Acorn, a community building space for youth of LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities, as well as continued involvement with the Loran Scholars Foundation.
[toggle_subprofile pic=”tobi-day-hamilton” title=”Tobi Day-Hamilton” desc=”Ontario West” desc2=”” desi=””]
Tobi is the Associate Director, Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. She leads an award-winning team of professional communicators who share IQC’s research excellence and the fascinating world of quantum science. Before joining IQC, Tobi led the University’s development of a new digital media campus in Stratford, Ontario.
Tobi received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Communications Management at McMaster University.
In 2012 Tobi and completed a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. She is an active volunteer in her community and is currently an executive member of the board at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener.
Tobi is an alumnus of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
[toggle_subprofile pic=”brian-marks” title=”Brian Marks” desc=”Ontario North” desc2=”” desi=””]
Brian is the Director of Housing Services for the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board responsible for policy and program development and implementation with the goal of providing affordable housing options for the residents of Northeastern Ontario. In addition to serving on provincial committees dedicated to developing and reviewing housing policy, legislation and best practices, Brian also participates on numerous health focused committees at the local and regional level including Timmins and Area Health Links, the Northeast LHIN Assisted Living Steering Committee and the Northeastern Ontario Brain Injury Network.
Brian is currently serving as Treasurer for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and he was recently certified as a founding member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada.
Brian is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Ontario, save some time away when he obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo and his Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Athabasca University. Brian is a husband, father and runner.
Brian attended the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference with the ‘Bred to Buck’ Alberta study group. Brian also helped to organize part of the Ontario 3 Study Tour in 2015.
[toggle_subprofile pic=”josephine-archbold” title=”Josephine Archbold” desc=”Ontario GTA” desc2=”” desi=””]
Josephine works for Toronto Public Health developing innovative policies to transform the City of Toronto into the most healthy and equitable city in North America. Josephine’s expertise is in leading award-winning environmental and health research that matters and developing policies that make an impact. She is the Chair of the Healthier Harvest Research Consortium and sits on the Research and Policy Committee of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment. She is a published author in peer reviewed journals, a speaker, and a frequent lecturer at the University of Toronto. In addition, Josephine lends her expertise and sits on multiple expert panels.
She is the founder of Root to Results, an organization dedicated to empower leaders to step into and stay in their power in order to create a more sustainable world.
Josephine has a Master’s in Environmental Health from the University of Toronto, an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a professional designation in Knowledge Exchange. Josephine is an internationally designated Master Coach in NLP and Designated Trainer in Hypnotherapy.
Josephine is an alumnus of the 2012 Governor General’s Conference Alberta study group. She served on the GTA Regional Committee for the 2015 Conference.
A lifelong volunteer, Josephine and her husband recently completed a build in India with Habitat for Humanity. Josephine is the proud expecting mother of twins in April of 2016.
[toggle_subprofile pic=”shari-mackay” title=”Shari Mackay” desc=”Ontario GTA” desc2=”” desi=””]
Born and raised in Toronto, Shari has been a police officer and innovator for the Toronto Police Service for the past 18 years. She is currently the developer and unit lead for the organization’s innovation hub.
Shari has a Master’s degree from Queen’s university, where she specialized in organizational change and strategic planning.
Shari is a Civic Action Diverse City Fellow and is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Leadership Conference. Her interests include continuing education, leadership development, mentorship and cheering on her children’s hockey and gymnastics teams.
[toggle_profile pic=”leanne-douglas” title=”Leanne Douglas” desc=”Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Leanne is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Leanne works as senior manager with MNP Consulting in Winnipeg’s organizational development practice in which she serves as MNP’s change management and organizational transformation expert. Prior to joining MNP, Leanne was Partner in a Winnipeg and Ottawa-based organization development consulting firm.
Leanne received her Master of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, where she specialized in organizational change and learning. She believes in contributing to her community and was involved in planning the 2008, 2012 and 2015 conferences, co-chairing for the last two conferences.
Leanne serves on international boards and committees for the Association of Change Management Professionals, the Human Resource Association of Manitoba and the United Church of Canada. She has served as chair of several human resource conferences and national youth forums.
Leanne is a born-and-bred “Winnipeger” and is proud to support the development of great Manitoban and Canadian leaders.
[toggle_profile pic=”marie-buchan” title=”Marie Buchan” desc=”Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Marie is a full-time Negotiator and the Executive Assistant to the President for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832, in Winnipeg. Marie began her career with UFCW Local 832 in 2002. She came on staff as a relief representative and became a permanent, full-time union representative in March 2003. In the same month, in addition to her appointment as a Local 832 full-time union rep, Marie was elected to the Executive Board of the UFCW Canadian Council.
Marie was also the Manitoba representative for the UFCW Canada Youth Committee and she currently represents Manitoba on the UFCW Canada Women’s Advisory Board. She was the Local’s Director of Servicing for four years before moving into the Negotiation’s department in 2012. Marie also sits as a trustee on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans and served a term as a board member for the Central Regional Health Authority.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Marie attended the University of Winnipeg and South Winnipeg Technical Institute. She currently resides just outside of Winnipeg, in Sanford, with her husband. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, golf and travel.
Marie was the Co-Chair for the Alberta Study Group during the 2015 GGCLC.
[toggle_profile pic=”laurel-garven” title=”Laurel Garven” desc=”Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Laurel is Director of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at Information Services Corporation, a TSX-listed company focused on the delivery of registry and information services to governments and the private sector. Prior to joining ISC, Laurel worked for the Government of Saskatchewan, focused on the advancement of a cross-government Public Sector Renewal initiative on citizen-centred service delivery. Laurel also led projects for a diverse set of organizations and sectors including government, health, utilities and First Nations while serving as a business consultant at a Saskatchewan-based management consulting firm.
Laurel is involved in the non-profit sector, serving on the Board of Directors of Ranch Ehrlo Society, Luther College and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. She is also engaged in the local music community as a piano accompanist and is an active golfer.
Laurel received her Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina. She also holds a Professional Director certification.
Laurel is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Co-Chair of the Ontario 2 Study Group.
[toggle_profile pic=”alastair-macfadden” title=”Alastair MacFadden” desc=”Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Alastair leads the team responsible for workforce planning, employment services, immigration, training and apprenticeship in Saskatchewan. His experience includes serving as a board member for an inner city child care centre, volunteering as a support worker for police victim services, and working in academic research, welfare policy, and – in the nonprofit sector – providing services to people with disabilities. Alastair’s interests include workforce diversity, leadership and career development, but he also thinks a lot about food and karaoke and loves to enjoy both with his children. He holds a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Brain and Behavioural Psychology.
[toggle_profile pic=”no-pic” title=”Cory Royal” desc=”Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Cory has an eclectic mix of community involvement and professional development.
Cory attended the 1991 Conference and has since served as Alberta Chair, Co-Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair and Organizing Committee Member for the last six conferences, including the 1998 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference. She currently sits on the Conference Board of Directors.
Cory has been active in the community since first volunteering for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. During her four-board term with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, she spent one day working while confined to a wheel chair.
As Chair of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee for five years, she has ridden horses into numerous downtown hotels, and as a committee member of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, she has flipped her share of complimentary pancakes, all topped with a smile.
Cory’s work career began in the banking sector with Scotiabank in Ottawa and later for Telesat Canada. She became involved in the oil and gas industry after her transfer to Calgary and currently works as VP Marketing for privately-run Guardian Protective Clothing. She continues to enjoy tennis and golf and is very happy that all three of her boys have carried on the family passion for volleyball.
[toggle_profile pic=”sherri-wilson” title=”Sherri Wilson” desc=”Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Sherri is the Executive Director for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped, which provides financial and health related assistance to eligible adults with a permanent and severe disability. After moving from southern Ontario to northern Alberta, Sherri began her career in public health and social policy until a recent change to delivery of services. She has worked at local, regional and provincial levels, bringing a strategic lens to determine opportunities for program and service enhancement. Sherri has been a volunteer member on various boards and was instrumental in developing the Victim Assistance Program in a small northern community. Sherri is also kept busy with hockey, lacrosse, and skiing with her two teenage boys, and loves to travel when she has the time.
[toggle_profile pic=”michael-matsubuchi” title=”Michael Matsubuchi” desc=”Chair, British Columbia Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Michael has been employed by British Columbia’s Provincial Government for the majority of his career. In this time he has accepted progressively higher roles and responsibilities throughout the Government, including assignments at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Natural Resource Transformation Sector. He currently is the Director of Fiscal Arrangements and Climate Change for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, where Michael is responsible for the financial aspects of treaty arrangements and other non-treaty agreements. Additionally, he is also involved with First Nation climate change initiatives.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Victoria (UVic), Michael later earned his MBA at UVic, but had the opportunity of completing the program at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées in Paris, France.
While raising two young sons, Michael can be caught playing hockey and coaching the Saanich Minor Hockey Association’s rep hockey teams. Michael’s other passions include mountain biking, skiing, golf and participating in many other outdoor activities.
Michael is an alumnus of the 2012 Conference.
[toggle_profile pic=”vikki-quocksister” title=”Vikki Quocksister” desc=”Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Vikki is the President of the Yukon Federation of Labour. Her many years as a Union Executive member and activist have strengthened her opinions and resolve with many years of experience in organising and facilitating human rights and labour training classes. She realized if she wanted to see change happen in anything, she would have to step up and take the challenge.
Vikki believes that a person should never quit learning and upgrading any skills. Occasionally taking a variety of courses at Yukon College herself such as Psychology, Accounting, German and French keeps her interest in learning different skills high. She understands and wholly believes in the benefits of lifelong learning, a belief that led her to apply for and gain entry to the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Networking with Canada’s future leadership from all occupations was an experience she will always use and treasure in her work and home life.
Having been a musician in some local performance groups, Vikki used her stage experience to volunteer with organising the Variety Performance Stage inside the Sourdough Rendezvous Winter Festival Tent. She believes in volunteering for many social awareness groups, including the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.
[toggle_profile pic=”roxanne-vallevand” title=”Roxanne Vallevand” desc=”Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Roxanne is a lifelong Yukoner of Métis ancestry. For over 25 years she has provided leadership, strategic communications support and political advice to Yukon Premiers, Cabinet Ministers and community leaders. Through her pragmatic and focused leadership style, she motivates and empowers those she works with.
Roxanne is currently the Executive Director for Kwanlin Dün First Nation, guiding and supporting the work of the government and advising the elected Council.
She is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General Leadership Conference, a certified Pilates instructor and is married with two children.
[toggle_profile pic=”yvonne-doolittle” title=”Yvonne Doolittle” desc=”Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Yvonne is a proud Sahtu Dene woman who lives in Yellowknife. Her current position is as North Slave Regional Superintendent, Municipal and Consumer Affairs, for the Government. Prior to this she worked in various roles, including sport and recreation, to build capacity for local governments and communities. Her newest leadership challenge is an appointment to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in 2014. Yvonne is an avid outdoors person and volunteer. She loves coaching traditional Inuit and Dene games or soccer. She has a diploma in Recreation Leadership and completed the Government of NWT Executive Leadership Development Program in 2011.
[toggle_profile pic=”mark-cliffe-phillips” title=”Mark Cliffe-Phillips” desc=”Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Mark is currently the Executive Director of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) in Yellowknife, which is an independent administrative tribunal responsible for the environmental impact assessment process in the Northwest Territories. Prior to joining MVEIRB, he was the Executive Director of the We’keezhii Land and Water Board in Yellowknife from 2010 to 2014, which provides regulatory permits to Canada’s largest diamond mines.
He first moved to the Northwest Territories in 2002 where he worked as a teacher on a fur trapping program for youth at risk in Fort Good Hope, prior to joining the Sahtu Land and Water Board as a Water Technician in 2003. His educational background is in Physical Geography at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Mark is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
[toggle_profile pic=”christine-lamothe” title=”Christine Lamothe” desc=”Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Christine is a community developer whose love for dance and movement led her to Iqaluit. Since 2006, she has been building resiliency and inspiring leadership in youth by training them in the performing arts through her break-dance program called the Hip Hop Spot and one of her dance groups, Kaiva.
Attending the GGCLC conference in 2012 as BC Tour Group Co-Chair gave Christine the confidence and motivation needed to finally follow her dream. In 2014 she opened Saimavik Studio, a wellness studio that offers regular yoga, Pilates, dance and other classes and workshops aimed at increasing the quality of life for residents.
[toggle_profile pic=”karen-kabloona” title=”Karen Kabloona” desc=”Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Karen Kilikvak Kabloona empowers and leads towards a high quality of life based on a productive, Inuit society.
Karen Kilikvak is the Associate Deputy Minister, Quality of Life, a position created to address the suicide crisis in Nunavut. She has been with the Government of Nunavut since 2004 with seven years as a political advisor to two Cabinet Ministers and two Premiers. Between 2009 and 2013, Kilikvak was a senior manager in the fields of aboriginal affairs and economic development where she developed, monitored and evaluated government programs and services, reviewed legislation to align with the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and conducted research to provide for better decisions.
Recently, Karen has been working towards the establishment of a university in Nunavut with the volunteer Ilitturvik University Society. Over the next two years, the society plans to assess the need for post-secondary programming, evaluate delivery options, analyze the economic impact of a university on the territory and develop capacity by delivering classes.
Karen Kilikvak was born and raised in Baker Lake, then Northwest Territories. Instead of sending her to residential school, Karen’s family moved to British Columbia. She obtained a diploma in Event and Convention Management from the Thompson Rivers University in 1997 and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 2002. Karen and her husband, Grant, have called Iqaluit home for eleven years and are raising their two children there.
[toggle_profile pic=”charlie-tautuajuk” title=”Charlie Tautuajuk” desc=”Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee” desc2=”” desi=””]
Charlie is the Senior Coordinator for Community Affairs Nunavut-Baker Lake for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. Meadowbank Nunavut Division with 18 years of diamond and gold mining experience and he is also a recipient of The Paul Penna Award in 2014 through Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. for community involvement and dedication to the community of Baker Lake. Prior to mining, Charlie was a regular member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for eight years where he was posted in Iqaluit NU, Cape Dorset NU and Yellowknife NT and he also has a Military background through the Canadian Armed Forces, as a Field Combat Engineer. Charlie enjoys traditional Inuit life style by living out on the land while hunting and fishing and is working hard to pass on his knowledge to his two adopted children.