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.

Vice Chairperson - Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand has extensive experience relevant to Canada’s north, acquired over the course of a thirty-year career with the Canadian public service. In particular, as Assistant Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs, she provided leadership in natural resource management, northern science, contaminated site remediation, and the devolution of federal powers to territorial governments. As the Alternate Senior Arctic Official for Canada, she was instrumental in planning and securing funding for Canada’s contribution to International Polar Year 2007-08.

Before retiring from the public service in October 2015, Liseanne held many senior executive positions in various departments, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Privy Council Office, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada as well as with the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers. She served as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and as Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada. She was also the first President of Shared Services Canada.

Liseanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Honours) from Concordia University in Montréal, where she also pursued graduate studies. She currently also serves on the British Columbia Treaty Commission as Commissioner (Canada).

Member - Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson has over 40 years experience working with the federal government, industry, and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2018, he retired from the position of 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, and alumni affairs and advancement (fundraising).

Gerald has traveled extensively with the Marine Institute, including in Canada’s north, all circumpolar countries, the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa (limited), Central America, South America and the Caribbean. From 2015 until retiring in 2018 Gerald served as Vice-President (Indigenous) with the University of the Arctic, a network university with 180 members.

In 2015, Gerald was the recipient of the Indspire Award (formally called the National Aboriginal Leadership Award), and is an Ambassador with the Arctic Inspiration Prize. He has expertise in Board Governance having served and continuing to serve on several Boards. Gerald is currently a member of the Board of SmartICE, and a Commissioner with the Independent Appointments Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 - Kimberly Fairman

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 was elected in 1997 as the first Member of Parliament for the new riding of Nunavut. Re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2006, she was 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 and Northern Development and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and 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 was 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 also chair of the Nunavut Development Corporation. She is a member of the Task Force on Women in the Economy.

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 on the west coast of Hudson Bay, in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. She has four sons and fifteen grandchildren. She credits the strong family support she receives for her achievements.

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 – Dr. John Nightingale

John Nightingale

A professional marine biologist, Dr. Nightingale retired in 2019 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Aquarium and its parent conservation organization, OceanWise. Since his retirement, Dr. Nightingale remains active sitting on several Boards of Directors (of POLAR, and several NGO’s/non-profit organizations), and continues to consult with a variety of agencies and organizations working in the general field of public engagement in nature and the environment. Dr. Nightingale has worked in the Arctic for many years. His work in the region began with ocean ecological survey research, where he helped develop the first plastic and microplastic sampling programs, and continues with his involvement with POLAR and a variety of other programs.

Dr. Nightingale is passionate about fostering public interest in nature. This passion has inspired work with organizations, governmental and non-governmental, to expand public engagement with the environment. While at the Vancouver Aquarium, he co-founded the Canada-wide Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the OceanWise Sustainable Seafood programs. In 1995, he co-founded The Ocean Project, which led to the recognition of Oceans’ Day by the United Nations, and continues to support expanded public ocean awareness in a variety of ways.

Speaking to international audiences on conservation and ocean topics is something Dr. Nightingale does regularly. He also works with the Oceanogràfic aquarium in Valencia, Spain, and the new Aquarium/Ocean Centre under construction in Mazatlán Mexico, and aquariums in China.

John Nightingale has a BA in biology from Eastern Oregon University, and an MS in Fisheries Biology and Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Washington. He is a former Board member of the Canadian Polar Commission, which merged into Polar Knowledge Canada at its inception in 2015.

Member - Jacqueline Pepper-Journal

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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