Organizational Structure

President and CEO - Dr. David J. Scott

David Scott

Dr. David J. Scott is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Polar Knowledge Canada. He joined the organization as Executive Director of the former Canadian Polar Commission in March 2012, and co-led the recent merger of the Canadian Polar Commission with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station initiative.

Dr. Scott had a long career with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), culminating as Director, Northern Canada Division. Prior to that, he was acting Director General, Planning and Operations Branch, and led the GSC's Gas Hydrates and Northern Resources Development programs.

From 1999-2003, he was based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, as the founding Chief Geologist of the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office.

Dr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) and a PhD in Geological Sciences (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) where his thesis research investigated the tectonic origin of two-billion year old oceanic crust in Arctic Quebec.

He was a Research Associate in uranium-lead geochronology at the GEOTOP laboratories of the University of Quebec at Montreal. He has published and presented over 80 technical papers.

Board of Directors

The nine-member Board of Directors is responsible for the organization’s strategic direction
The selection process is currently under way to fill the vacant positions for the Board. Further information will be announced as it becomes available.

Chairperson – Richard Boudreault

Mr. Richard Boudreault was appointed Chairperson of Polar Knowledge Canada on July 28 2015. He is an entrepreneur and executive with professional board director and chairman governance experience and a 35 year track record of achievements in leadership roles.
A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, of the International Academy of Astronautics, and of the World Academy of Arts & Sciences, Mr. Boudreault has authored 13 awarded patents, with 65 others pending, and has published more than 50 learned papers and book chapters. He is Executive Chairman of Sigma Energy Storage.

Vice Chairperson – Liseanne Forand

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Member – Gerald Anderson

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Member – Adamie Delisle-Alaku

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Member – Nancy Karetak-Lindell

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Member – Dr. Janet E. King

Dr. Janet King was appointed to the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada on July 28, 2015.
Since joining the federal public service in 1985, Dr. King has worked at Natural Resources Canada as a research scientist, in senior management roles in the Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, and in several sector development branches (Life Sciences, Service Industries and Consumer Products with the Industry Sector) at Industry Canada. Currently President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, she was previously Assistant Deputy Minister of the Northern Affairs Organization at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Strategic Direction in Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Dr. King has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Science degree and PhD from Queen's University, all in the field of Geology.

Member – Maribeth Murray

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Member – John Nightingale

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Member – Vacant

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