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The Agency
is set up as a non-profit Society in the Northwest Territories.  We have two staff members and a Board of DirectorsOur seven directors are appointed by our Society Members.

Our Society Members consist of the following seven organizations or agencies:

  • Akaitcho Treaty 8 First Nations (specifically the Łutsel K'e Dene First Nation and Yellowknives Dene First Nations)
  • Tłîchǫ Government (previously known as Dogrib Treaty 11 Council)
  • Kitikmeot Inuit Association
  • North Slave Metis Alliance
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
  • Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
  • Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation

Each of the four Aboriginal Society Members appoints one director.  The other three directors are jointly appointed by the Government of Canada, GNWT and Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation in consultation with the Aboriginal governments.

The Agency's directors are independent of the appointing Parties, and cannot be employees of government or the company.  They work together in the best interests of the people affected by the Ekati Diamond Mine and to protect the environment at Ekati.

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       Jaida Ohokannoak (Chairperson) was appointed by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in December 2003. Jaida has served as Secretary-Treasurer since 2004.  For over 20 years, she has lived and worked in small northern communities.  She currently resides in Nunavut.  Jaida has significant experience, knowledge and expertise in environmental assessment, research, monitoring and renewable resource management.  She believes mining can be conducted in an environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of both industry and local peoples without long-term adverse impacts to the environment.
  Emery Paquin (Vice-Chairperson) is an independent environmental consultant living in Yellowknife. He has more than 35 years of environmental management experience with the northern mining industry and territorial government, and served six years as a Member on the Inuvialuit Water Board.
 

Tim Byers  was appointed by Akaitcho Treaty 8 First Nations (YKDFN and LKDFN) in May 2001.  Tim has served as Vice-Chairperson since 2004.  Tim is an independent consultant living in Manitoba.  He has been working on projects in the Canadian Arctic since 1980.  He specializes in studies of fish, Arctic seabirds and marine invertebrates and has assisted Aboriginal communities in documenting their indigenous environmental knowledge.  He would like to see more Aboriginal youth engaged in environmental sciences and Traditional Knowledge used more effectively in environmental monitoring, research and impact assessments. 

 

 

Kim Poole (Secretary/Treasurer) was appointed jointly by the Governments of Canada and NWT and BHP Billiton in December 2006. Kim is a professional wildlife biologist with 28 years of experience in the NWT, Nunavut and BC in the areas of wildlife inventory, wildlife habitat assessment, and identification and mitigation of environmental impacts related to the forestry, mining, and tourism industries.

   

Arnold Enge was appointed by the North Slave Métis Alliance in September 2012.  Arnold has 30 years of experience working in the north with the federal and territorial governments as well as Rio Tinto.  Arnold is of North Slave Métis ancestry and represents the North Slave Métis on several boards monitoring the environmental impacts of northern projects

 

 

 

Doug Doan retired from the Government of the Northwest Territories after 25 years of service, working in the field of economic and resource development. During his career Doug has worked in virtually every community in the Northwest Territories and has resided in Behchoko, Inuvik and Yellowknife.  Doug believes that resource development can be undertaken in an environmentally responsible manner while providing employment and economic opportunities for residents of the Northwest Territories.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Jesse Jasper, appointed by Dominion Diamond, Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada. Jesse retired in 2011 after 39 years of service.  Since 1971 he has worked exclusively in northern Canada, focusing on land and water resource development, water monitoring studies to evaluate impacts on development. He coordinated a number of reviews and technical presentations for environmental impact assessments, including NWT Diamond Project, which is now the Ekati Diamond Mine.  Jesse represented INAC and EC on a number of boards, including the Mackenzie Review Basin Board, the NWT Water Board, and the Mackenzie Gas Project. 
 
 
 

 

   
       Jaida Ohokannoak (Chairperson) was appointed by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in December 2003. Jaida has served as Secretary-Treasurer since 2004.  For over 20 years, she has lived and worked in small northern communities.  She currently resides in Nunavut.  Jaida has significant experience, knowledge and expertise in environmental assessment, research, monitoring and renewable resource management.  She believes mining can be conducted in an environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of both industry and local peoples without long-term adverse impacts to the environment.
  Emery Paquin (Vice-Chairperson) is an independent environmental consultant living in Yellowknife. He has more than 35 years of environmental management experience with the northern mining industry and territorial government, and served six years as a Member on the Inuvialuit Water Board.
 

Tim Byers  was appointed by Akaitcho Treaty 8 First Nations (YKDFN and LKDFN) in May 2001.  Tim has served as Vice-Chairperson since 2004.  Tim is an independent consultant living in Manitoba.  He has been working on projects in the Canadian Arctic since 1980.  He specializes in studies of fish, Arctic seabirds and marine invertebrates and has assisted Aboriginal communities in documenting their indigenous environmental knowledge.  He would like to see more Aboriginal youth engaged in environmental sciences and Traditional Knowledge used more effectively in environmental monitoring, research and impact assessments. 

 

 

Kim Poole (Secretary/Treasurer) was appointed jointly by the Governments of Canada and NWT and BHP Billiton in December 2006. Kim is a professional wildlife biologist with 28 years of experience in the NWT, Nunavut and BC in the areas of wildlife inventory, wildlife habitat assessment, and identification and mitigation of environmental impacts related to the forestry, mining, and tourism industries.

   

Arnold Enge was appointed by the North Slave Métis Alliance in September 2012.  Arnold has 30 years of experience working in the north with the federal and territorial governments as well as Rio Tinto.  Arnold is of North Slave Métis ancestry and represents the North Slave Métis on several boards monitoring the environmental impacts of northern projects

 

 

 

Doug Doan retired from the Government of the Northwest Territories after 25 years of service, working in the field of economic and resource development. During his career Doug has worked in virtually every community in the Northwest Territories and has resided in Behchoko, Inuvik and Yellowknife.  Doug believes that resource development can be undertaken in an environmentally responsible manner while providing employment and economic opportunities for residents of the Northwest Territories.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Jesse Jasper, appointed by Dominion Diamond, Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada. Jesse retired in 2011 after 39 years of service.  Since 1971 he has worked exclusively in northern Canada, focusing on land and water resource development, water monitoring studies to evaluate impacts on development. He coordinated a number of reviews and technical presentations for environmental impact assessments, including NWT Diamond Project, which is now the Ekati Diamond Mine.  Jesse represented INAC and EC on a number of boards, including the Mackenzie Review Basin Board, the NWT Water Board, and the Mackenzie Gas Project. 
 
 
 

 


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  The Agency maintains an office in Yellowknife, where staff coordinate the activities of the Agency and are available to assist the public.
   
    

 

Marc Casas (Executive Director) has an Honours degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and more than 12 years experience in the field of environmental management, including 8 years within the Northwest Territories regulatory system.  Marc’s Northern work experience includes 4 years at the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and previously 4 years for the Water Resources Division of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.  He believes strongly in the co-management regulatory system of the Northwest Territories and feels the Agency plays a key role in ensuring responsible environmental management at the Ekati Mine. 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Simpson (Communications and Environmental Specialist) joined the Agency in April 2013.  She is a Tlicho First Nations from Whati and has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Mount Allison University, and was a Sauve Scholar 2010-2011. Jessica has nearly 10 years of experience getting Northerners involved in the regulatory system through her work with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board as the Community Liaison Officer, and with the Arctic Indigenous Youth Alliance.



 

 

 

  The Agency maintains an office in Yellowknife, where staff coordinate the activities of the Agency and are available to assist the public.
   
    

 

Marc Casas (Executive Director) has an Honours degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and more than 12 years experience in the field of environmental management, including 8 years within the Northwest Territories regulatory system.  Marc’s Northern work experience includes 4 years at the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and previously 4 years for the Water Resources Division of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.  He believes strongly in the co-management regulatory system of the Northwest Territories and feels the Agency plays a key role in ensuring responsible environmental management at the Ekati Mine. 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Simpson (Communications and Environmental Specialist) joined the Agency in April 2013.  She is a Tlicho First Nations from Whati and has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Mount Allison University, and was a Sauve Scholar 2010-2011. Jessica has nearly 10 years of experience getting Northerners involved in the regulatory system through her work with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board as the Community Liaison Officer, and with the Arctic Indigenous Youth Alliance.



 

 


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