Organizational Structure

President and CEO

Jennifer C. Hubbard

Jennifer C. Hubbard was appointed President & CEO of Polar Knowledge Canada for a term of five years.

Ms. Hubbard has a social sciences background that will bring a new perspective to the organization and, with 19 years of experience in leadership positions in the public service, possesses the executive leadership skills to lead the organization in advancing knowledge of the Canadian Arctic. She served recently as Chair of the Board of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization, and as Director General, Labour Relations and Workplace Management at Correctional Service Canada.

Ms. Hubbard’s knowledge of government decision-making processes is an asset for the role of President. She has demonstrated strong executive leadership skills, motivating and promoting engagement and relationship-building amongst colleagues. Moreover, she is committed to building diversity and fighting unconscious bias and supports evidence-based decision-making.

The President of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (Polar Knowledge Canada) is the Chief Executive Officer and is accountable for the day-to-day management and direction of the organization in accordance with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act. The President is appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure on a full-time basis for a term of up to five years. She reports to Parliament through the Minister of Northern Affairs.

Board of Directors

The nine-member Board of Directors is responsible for the organization's strategic direction.

Chairperson – Joe Kunuk

Mr. Joe Kunuk was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada for a term of five years.

Mr. Kunuk has extensive senior managerial experience in supporting various boards and committees, has worked as the Principal Secretary for three Nunavut Premiers and as Deputy Minister in several departments, and has served his community for over a decade in municipal politics, including as Mayor of Iqaluit. He is currently the Executive Director of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada and has an impressive and diverse wealth of knowledge of the North. He has demonstrated a devotion to education and cultivating an interest in science among youth and the community at large.

Vice Chairperson - Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand is a retired public servant with 30 years’ experience in natural resource management, international relations, policy and intergovernmental affairs.

She began her career at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1985, where she assumed progressively senior roles culminating as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy between 2001 and 2003. During that time, she also took a leave of absence from the federal public service to serve as Director General of the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Liseanne took on the position of ADM, Northern Affairs within the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in 2003, and in that capacity provided leadership in natural resource management, northern science and contaminated site remediation, and devolution to territorial governments. She served as Alternate Senior Arctic Official for Canada, and was instrumental in planning and securing funding for Canada’s contribution to the International Polar Year 2007-08. She left INAC to serve in the Privy Council Office as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Social Development Policy in 2006.

In later years, Liseanne served as Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada, and as the first President of Shared Services Canada, a new department responsible for operating and updating the IT infrastructure of the Government of Canada. She retired from the public service on October 20, 2015.

Liseanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Honours) from Concordia University in Montréal where she also pursued graduate studies. In addition to the POLAR Board, she is currently serving as Chair of the CHEO Foundation Board and on the Board of the Institute on Governance, where she chairs the Governance Committee.

Member - Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson has over 30 years’ experience working with the federal government, private industry, and the Marine Institute of Memorial University. Currently, Gerald is the Director of Development and Engagement with the Marine Institute (Vice President’s Office) with responsibility for business development, government relations, public engagement, northern affairs (circumpolar), aboriginal affairs, the alumni office and advancement (fundraising). Gerald has travelled extensively with the Marine Institute including in Canada’s north, most circumpolar countries, United States, Europe, Philippines, Indonesia, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Gerald is also Vice-President (Indigenous) with the University of the Arctic, a network university with 180 members.

Gerald is the 2015 recipient of the Indspire Award (formally known as the National Aboriginal Leadership Award). Gerald is also an Ambassador with the Arctic Inspiration Prize.

Member - Dr. Karen Barnes

Dr. Karen Barnes was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada for a term of five years.

Dr. Barnes has a strong background and focus in the educational domain. She has held high level roles at Yukon College (now Yukon University), has chaired and participated in various northern institutes and the Yukon Research Centre Governing Council, and currently provides leadership and direction as the President Emerita of Yukon University.

Dr. Barnes is highly committed to the inclusion of Indigenous people in territorial education and engaging northern peoples in the organization’s endeavors, and supporting the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into the governance structure.

Member - Kimberly Fairman

Ms. Kimberly Fairman was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada for a term of five years.

Ms. Fairman has a background in Public Health and Governance. She has held senior positions in both the Federal and Territorial Governments, recently working as the Director General of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in Iqaluit, previously serving as a member of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and currently working as the Executive Director for the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife.

Given her strong background in institutions across the Canadian North Ms. Fairman offers an important perspective that will benefit the Board as it advances the priorities of Polar Knowledge Canada.

Member - Nancy Karetak-Lindell

Nancy Karetak-Lindell

Nancy Karetak-Lindell is a former Canadian politician who was elected in 1997 as the first Member of Parliament for the new riding of Nunavut. Re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2006, she is also the first female Member of Parliament for the Eastern Arctic.

She was the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources in 2003, and served on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development and the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans. She was a key player in negotiations to establish Nunavut as a political jurisdiction in Canada.

Ms. Karetak-Lindell stepped down from public political life in 2008 to spend more time with her family and elderly parents. She subsequently became the director of the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Program from 2009 until 2012. She also chaired the Indigenous Knowledge Program with the International Polar Year 2012 conference in Montreal and was chair of the Nunavut Development Corporation.

After completing high school in Yellowknife and Ottawa, Ms. Karetak-Lindell returned home and became involved with local community groups and organizations as a volunteer with a special focus on social development, education, youth and sports.

Ms. Karetak-Lindell was born and raised in Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point) on the west coast of Hudson Bay, in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. She has four sons, gained daughters in law, and has twelve grandchildren. She credits the strong family support she receives for her achievements.

Member - Dr. Maribeth S. Murray

Dr. Maribeth S. Murray

Dr. Maribeth S. Murray is the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America and a Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. She joined the University of Calgary in 2013 returning home to Canada after thirteen years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she was a faculty member in the International Arctic Research Centre, the Northern Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Murray has conducted research across the North American Arctic including in Nunavut, Yukon and Alaska. Her current research is focused on the historical climatology and ecology of Canada’s Arctic marine waters, climate change impacts, the development of a nationally distributed Arctic data research infrastructure. Her past work has examined the role climate change and sea-level rise on northern subsistence and contaminant uptake in marine species during the early-mid Holocene and conflicting approaches to research and development in a changing Arctic.

Dr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology (Wilfrid Laurier University), a Master’s Degree in Archaeology (Memorial University) and a PhD in Anthropology (McMaster University) where her dissertation research addressed the relationships among climate change, isostatic rebound, the marine ecosystem and Paleo-Inuit subsistence in the Foxe Basin from the mid Holocene to the last millennium. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Memorial University, and also spent time working for the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat in Stockholm where she worked to develop an internationally supported program of arctic environmental change. Her recent publications and presentations address such diverse topics as shoreline change in the western Arctic, diverging stakeholder responses to sea ice loss, the bioaccumulation of mercury in subarctic marine species, and the need for an integrated, pan-Arctic observing system of systems

Member – John Nightingale

A professional biologist (marine biology), Dr. Nightingale is the President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He has a BA in Biology from Eastern Oregon State College, an M.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Washington.

Dr. Nightingale's current areas of focus include new forms of public communications and engagement, Canada's Arctic, and sustainable aquaculture. For over 30 years he has taken a leadership role promoting awareness of biology and conservation through innovative public education programs. This passion for engaging the public has led to the implementation of new communications technologies and other programs at the Vancouver Aquarium in order to expand their outreach.

Member - Jacqueline Pepper-Journal

Ms. Jacqueline Pepper-Journal was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada for a term of five years.

Ms. Pepper-Journal has over 25 years of senior level leadership and management experience in both the military and in senior positions within the Government of Nunavut, most recently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs and Standards of the Department of Health. She has a strong background in administration, education, health, and the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.

Ms. Pepper-Journal has a wide breadth of experience with Indigenous communities and northern partners. She has experience consulting with communities and her background in health will be an asset to the Board as health is a priority for both the Government of Canada and for northern communities.

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