David Livingstone (Chair)
David Livingstone has worked in the North for almost fifty years and has made Yellowknife his home since 1987. He worked in several departments during his 33-year career with the federal government holding different responsibilities but always focused on Northern environmental and resource development issues in the north. Since leaving the federal government in 2009, he has been engaged in a wide range of environmental stewardship projects and programs in the NWT, Nunavut and internationally. He was instrumental in creating the Tsá Tué International Biosphere Reserve in 2016 and currently chairs the Inuvialuit Environmental Impact Screening Committee, among other things. In 2011, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Massey Medal for outstanding achievement in Canadian geography, specifically his work in the NWT. He is the only Northern resident to have received this award in its 60-year history.
Ken was born in Yellowknife and grew up out at the Giant campsite. His family has a long history of working and living at Giant. Ken holds diplomas in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and was the first environmental technician at Giant in the 1970’s. His career included time with Fisheries and Oceans when he travelled and worked throughout the Central Arctic spending time in many small communities. He went on to become a hazardous substance/contaminated site specialist with the GNWT then managed the environmental protection services until he retired in 2011. Working in both industry and public service with people from across the North has helped him develop a balanced perspective.
Graeme is an economist with more than 25 years of experience. His first look at Canada’s northern economies came in the early 2000s while working as a senior economist with the Conference Board of Canada when he studied the economic future of Nunavut and the NWT after the territories separated. Graeme has studied economies in Canada, South America, and Eastern Europe, but after moving to Yellowknife in 2002, has focussed primarily on the growth and development of the NWT and Nunavut. Graeme views economics as the study of choices, specifically, how our individual and collective wellbeing is determined by our ability to understand, assess, and make the most of the choices available to us.
Dr. Ken Froese
Dr. Froese is an environmental health scientist with more than 22 years of professional experience since completing his PhD in Germany. He is designated as a Professional Chemist in Alberta and British Columbia. Dr. Froese is the owner and principal consultant of GatePost Risk Analysis; he also an Adjunct professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where he teaches Environmental Health. Dr. Froese’s experience includes environmental chemistry and drinking water research, teaching, and numerous scientific publications and conference presentations. He has led and performed simple to complex risk assessments, critical reviews, research and policy development, serving First Nations, community groups, provincial and federal governments, and various clients in oil and gas, mining, and utilities. He approaches community environmental health from a broad perspective combining risk-based methods with systems thinking, because the issues are typically complex and require different solutions for different communities.
Marc has resided in northern Canada for the past twenty years. An ecologist by training, he is currently the Principle of NorthbyNorth Corp, an environmental and business services consultancy supporting community-based, private, and government initiatives. He has experience with analysis of monitoring results, cumulative effects monitoring, and regulatory decision-making with specific areas of expertise in policy development (e.g., recreational land use framework), strategic planning (e.g., accountability framework for CIMP and Lands Sustainability), program development & implementation related to environment and natural resource stewardship; land use planning; conservation planning; environmental assessment and regulatory processes in the Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut; and Indigenous engagement in program planning and research and monitoring initiatives including community-based research and monitoring.
Mark Palmer has over thirty years of experience working in the Federal Government. He started his career in Yellowknife focusing on water quality issues and has since worked for different departments in various locations on a wide range of national and international environmental issues. His work over the last twenty nine years focused on remediation of contaminated sites across Canada’s north. He brings to the Board his experience with site and risk assessments, the development of remediation options, regulatory processes, contracting and socio-economic strategies.
Executive Director – Ben Nind
Ben has called Yellowknife home since 1967. He holds a B.A. in Law and Political Science and is currently the Executive Director of the Giant Mine Oversight Board. He has many years of experience in community engagement, facilitation and cross-cultural communications. He has held positions in both the territorial and federal government, as well as in the profit and non-profit sector.