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. They are selected through a Governor in Council process and appointed by the Prime Minister based on their experience and knowledge and how it best supports POLAR’s mandate.

Chairperson - Dr. Janet King

Dr. Janet King

Dr. Janet King has extensive experience relevant to Canada's North, acquired over the course of her career with the Canadian public service. Her northern focus began as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada and bedrock geological mapping of the Precambrian rocks of the Northwest Territories. Later, as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Northern Affairs Organization (CIRNA) she provided leadership in northern science, natural resource management, contaminated site remediation, devolution of federal powers to territorial governments and contributed to Canada's participation in the Arctic Council. As President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Organization, she led partnerships and programs to help build diversified and sustainable economies across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

Janet held other senior executive positions in various departments, including Health Canada, Industry Canada and Western Economic Diversification and served as Associate Deputy Minister for Laboratories Canada, an initiative to revitalize federal science laboratories, in Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Science Degree and a PhD from Queen's University, all in the field of geological sciences. She currently serves on the Boards for NSERC PermafrostNet, the Canadian Light Source, the Canadian Science Policy Centre.

Vice-chairperson David R. Moore, P.Eng.

David R. Moore

David Moore is an experienced leader. He is Métis and holds a Masters degree (M.Sc) in Civil Engineering as well as a B.Sc in Geological Engineering and is a graduate of the Canadian Public Service Direxion leadership program.

A registered professional engineer, David has over 25 years' experience in a broad range of public service management roles with the Governments of the Northwest Territories, Government of Nunavut and Government of Canada including at Indigenous Services Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to joining the Federal public service, David worked in the private sector in both Canada and internationally, including as an engineering consultant and as a senior project manager.

Currently based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, David is the Vice President (VP) of Infrastructure with the Nunavut Housing Corporation and has a broad range of responsibility for the overall planning, development and delivery of infrastructure services which encompass capital infrastructure, technical services and project management, asset management and planning, real property, and procurement. Prior to his current Nunavut VP role, David was based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories as Assistant Deputy Minister of Infrastructure with the Government of the Northwest Territories and led the Asset Management Branch. David also represented the Government of the Northwest Territories on Boards of Directors and National forums such as the National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Permafrost Net and with the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) as NWT Chief Engineer and ensured the Northwest Territories Government was represented at the federal/provincial/territorial level in the development of Northern codes and standards for public infrastructure.

David and his wife Tari have two boys Matthew and Michael and the family cat, Thor.

Member - Dr. Karen Barnes

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 - Dr. Maribeth S. Murray

Dr. Maribeth S. Murray

Dr. Murray is transdisciplinary scholar with expertise in both the social and natural sciences. Trained as environmental archaeologist, she transitioned to focus on contemporary climate change and impacts on people and the environment in the Arctic. In 2016 she initiated the development of the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI), a national coalition of universities, Indigenous organizations, federal departments, not-for profit and private-sector partners. The CCADI is engaged in the development of an Arctic Research Data Infrastructure for Canada to improve access to data, data interoperability and data analytics in support of decision-making across scales and organizations, and for research. Maribeth's personal research is now focused in three areas: the integration of climate, historic, oceanographic and ecological data to better understand how the Arctic functions as a system; mobilizing genomics and genomics tools for Arctic biodiversity conservation and wildlife management; and research and strategic planning for the ongoing development and implementation of an internationally supported Arctic Observing System. She is the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, a member of the Canadian Mountain Network Board of Directors, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, and a past faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Member - Clive Tesar

Clive Tesar

Clive Tesar grew up and worked in the Northwest Territories and has worked all over the Canadian and circumpolar north. He was a journalist, radio host, and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for twelve years. He has led communications for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Canada's national Inuit organization), and the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat of the Arctic Council. He was also Head of Communications and External Relations for World Wildlife Fund's Global Arctic Program for nine years. Clive is an educator, lecturing in the Northern Studies graduate program at Carleton University and continues to consult for a variety of Indigenous, government, and NGO clients in policy and communications. He has a Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, and has published in several journals and Arctic Council reports. He also co-edited a book on Canadian Northern Policy, Lines in the Snow.

Member - Dr. David H. Turpin

David H. Turpin

One of Canada's most experienced post-secondary leaders, Dr. Turpin has served 18 years as a university president, stewarding both the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. Prior to this he was a department head at the University of British Columbia, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University and then Vice-Principal Academic at Queen's. He is a distinguished scholar who has received the Steacie Fellowship and is recognized as a Thomson ISI highly cited researcher.

Dr. Turpin has been Chair of the World University Service of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Vice-Chair of the U15 Executive Heads and has served on the Executive of both the Worldwide University Network and Universities Canada. He is currently President of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society and is on the Board of CARE Canada.

For his service to the community Dr. Turpin has been recognized as a member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is the recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

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