President and CEO - Dr. David J. 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
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 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 - Adamie Delisle-Alaku
Mr. Adamie Delisle-Alaku was born on June 28, 1981. He received his high school diploma in 1999 from Ikusik High School in his hometown of Salluit. He then pursued higher education in Pure and Applied Science and Social Science at Marie-Victorin College in Montreal from 1999 to 2002. After his studies in postsecondary, Adamie worked at the Raglan mine for Kiewit Nuvumiut, first as the human resources coordinator for seven years and thereafter served as a general open-pit foreman for three years. Prior to being employed at Makivik Corporation, Adamie was manager at the Salluit FCNQ Co-op hotel, served as a volunteer fireman, and was an active first responder for 7 years over this period.
Adamie joined Makivik Corporation in early spring of 2011 in the capacity of Executive Assistant to Mr. Johnny Peters. In this position he developed a broad understanding of wildlife issues and the various challenges related to renewable resources facing the Inuit of Nunavik. He has showed great devotion in ensuring that Nunavimmiut were heard and well represented at a Regional, National and International level. He currently is a member of the Hunting Fishing Trapping Coordinating Committee where he has been active for the past four years. He is co-chair of the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Roundtable and involved in the fresh water seal recovery strategy team. He also sits on the Société du Plan Nord Board of Directors, as well as ArcticNet.
As Executive Vice President responsible for the Renewable Resource Department, his duties also include sitting on various Makivik subsidiary and joint venture companies. These include Air Inuit Ltd, Bradley Air Services (better known as First Air), Nunavik Creations Inc., Halutik Enterprises Inc., Nunavik Geomatics Inc., Nunacell Inc. and Kautaq Construction Inc.
Adamie is a respected member of his home community of Salluit but now lives in Kuujjuaq with his partner Victoria and her 2 children Linus and Louise. Adamie is fluently tri-lingual (Inuktitut, French and English) and is an accomplished musician. In his elected capacity at Makivik, Adamie is committed to representing the best interests of Nunavimmiut with regard to their cultural ties to the land and Nunavik’s renewable resources.
Member - 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. Janet E. King
Dr. Janet King began her career with the federal public service as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, spending many years conducting geological field research in the Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories.
She subsequently took on increasingly senior management positions, with responsibilities over diverse areas such as health product and food safety, life science sector development, tourism sector development, and western economic development.
She returned to a northern focus in 2011 leading the Northern Affairs Organization within Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), which entailed responsibilities for northern governance, legislation, regulation and program delivery across Canada’s North, including the devolution of lands and resources to the Northwest Territories.
Janet has been leading the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency as its President since July 2014.
She is also the Chair of the Northern Federal Council, the head of Pilimmaksaivik (the Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment) as well as a Board member of Polar Knowledge Canada.
Janet has a BSc from the University of Toronto, and an MSc and a PhD from Queen’s, all in the field of Geology.
Member - 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.
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