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The Agency has a new Executive Director! -

The Agency would like to welcome Marc Casas as the Agency's new Executive Director!  Marc comes to us from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.  The Agency is looking forward to achieving its goals under his direction. 

After many years of service, Kevin O'Reilly has been elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembley.  The Agency wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. 

Kevin left some "big shoes" to fill, but we know that Marc can fill them. 



Directors elect a new Executive Committee -

 After the recent AGM, the director elected a new Executive Comittee. 

Chairperson - Jaida Ohokannoak

Vice-Chairperson - Emery Paquin

Secretary/Treasurer - Kim Poole

Congratulations on your new positions! 


Kim Poole returns as Director -
The Agency is pleased to welcome back Kim Poole as an IEMA Director, appointed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government. Tony Pearse has stepped down from this position, and the Agency wishes to thank him for his many years of dedicated service. 

New Directors Appointed -
The Agency would like to welcome Doug Doan and Emery Paquin as new IEMA directors, appointed by Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation, Government of the Northwest Territories and Government of Canada, effective March 13, 2015.  These parties have also reappointed Bill Ross, who will continue to serve as Agency Chairperson until December 2015. The Agency wishes to thank Kim Poole and Laura Johnston for their public service. 

Changes in Board Members at the Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency -

The Agency would like to inform the Aboriginal Society members and the public of changes about to be made in our Board composition.  The Government of the Northwest Territories, the Government of Canada and Dominion Diamond Ekati Corp. jointly appoint three of the seven Directors, following consultation with the appropriate Aboriginal governments.  The three Directors jointly appointed by these parties (Bill Ross, Laura Johnston and Kim Poole) were notified on February 9, 2015 that their appointments would end in March 2015.  Consultations have begun on replacements and it is expected that new appointments will be made soon.

The outgoing Directors wish to thank all for the privilege of serving with the Agency for a combined total of 33 years.  They believe the Agency has contributed to effective environmental management at Ekati and will continue to do so in the future. 


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Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency (also known as "the Agency" or "IEMA") is a public watchdog for environmental management of Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation
's Ekati Diamond Mine ("Ekati"), located approximately 310 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

The Agency was established under the Environmental Agreement negotiated in 1997 by the company and Aboriginal, federal and territorial governments. The Environmental Agreement is a legal instrument to ensure BHP Billiton, Government of Canada and Government of the Northwest Territories respect and protect land, water, wildlife and the land-based way of life essential to the well-being of Aboriginal Peoples.

The Agency consists of seven directors appointed by our Society Members as well as staff based in our office in Yellowknife.  We intend for our website to be a valuable tool to help us meet our mandate by providing public access to information about Ekati.

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about Ekati.



L-R: Jessica Simpson, Kim Poole, Tim Byers, Doug Doan, Jaida Ohokannoak, Arnold Enge, Marc Casas, Emery Paquin, and Jesse Jasper.

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