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Innovation, Science & Climate Change Staff

The IRC Innovation, Science & Climate Change Division was created in 2016 and has been growing in staff and size each year since its inception. This unit began with one employee and three research projects and has since grown to a team of seven who lead 12 major projects within the ISR. The division is organized into three main areas Health/Engagement, Cyber Infrastructure/Data and Environmental Policy.

The ISCC Division staff offices are in the Mack Travel Building in Inuvik.

Additionally, the division is supported by a co-managed Shared Services Unit which consists of the Marine Protected Areas Coordinator, Traditional and Local Knowledge Coordinator and Community-Based Monitoring Program Coordinator. These three positions are situated within the Joint Secretariat.


The Director provides coordination for IRC's Innovation, Science & Climate Change division. Additionally, she focuses on implementing IRC's 2019-2021 strategic plan through various large-scale research, cyberinfrastructure, data and mapping initiatives within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This includes project management for multi-year and diverse multi-stakeholder programs in the areas of climate change, capacity building, wellness, energy, infrastructure, knowledge mobilization and resource development. Her work aims to prioritize program engagement, shareholder support, information exchange and knowledge mobility between the project team, management and decision makers.

For more information on research management at IRC, please contact:

Jenn Parrott
Director of Innovation, Science, & Climate Change
107 Mackenzie Road
Bag Service #21
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Environmental Policy


The Climate Change Program Coordinator is responsible for addressing short and long-term climate policy needs by supporting regional/community climate change priorities and establishing a climate change program within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).  Brian works closely with communities as well as other, partnering, organizations to ensure a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in the ISR.

For more information on climate change programs in the ISR, please contact:

Brian Park
Climate Change Program Coordinator


The Clean Energy Coordinator is responsible for supporting community energy priorities and establishing an inclusive approach to clean growth and energy implementation efforts within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). She works closely with local communities, and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group, to ensure a coordinated approach to energy development and management in the ISR.

Darby Desrosiers
Clean Energy Coordinator



The Marine Program Coordinator is responsible for addressing short and long-term marine transportation, safety and environmental protection policy needs by supporting regional/community marine safety and environmental priorities and establishing a marine safety and environmental protection program within the ISR.  This position works closely with local communities, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporate Group (i.e. Marine Protected Area Coordinator) to ensure a coordinated approach to marine safety and environmental protection efforts in the ISR.
Tess Forbes
Marine Program Coordinator


This Environmental Policy and Climate Change Assistant is responsible for supporting research related to climate change, energy, marine programs, regional strategic environmental assessment, and data management. This position develops materials which increases IRCs understanding of socio, cultural and economic impacts of regional change (i.e. environment/climate change).

Tyra Cockney-Goose
Environmental Policy and Climate Change Assistant


Data Mobilization/ Cyber Infrastructure


The Research Data Specialist is responsible for ensuring efficient/effective use of data, allowing the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to better realize the benefits of research and information sciences in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The position enhances existing arctic research data infrastructure and support the development of integrated information exchange for policy development and, where there are economic opportunities, provide access to needed data for ensuring sustainable development, improving monitoring, and minimizing environmental impacts.

Piers Kreps
Research Data Specialist



The Inuvialuit Place Names Coordinator is responsible for leading the Inuvialuit Place names initiative within the ISR. This includes program coordination, data collection, analysis, verification, and recommendations for publication.

Mike O'Rourke
Inuvialuit Place Names Coordinator



The Inuvialuit Statistician is responsible for ensuring the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation has efficient/effective access to statistical data and analyzed statistical information to support policy development, decision making and program management. The position primarily focuses on expanding the Inuvialuit capacity and knowledge of statistical information related social, cultural, education, health and economic data.  They work closely with the Research Data Specialist and other relevant data holders to analyze key social, cultural and economic indicators of Inuvialuit populations within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

Matthew Maciek Chudek
Inuvialuit Statistician


Community Economic Development


The ICEDO Economic Projects Manager is responsible for enhancing community entrepreneurial capacity, community business development and specific community projects in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The position provides advice on, applies for, and liaises with the proponents of government programs aimed at advancing business development opportunities.

Position Vacant


The ICEDO Project Coordinator provides assistance to the Manger in the development and implementation of Regional Opportunity Readiness Initiatives which advance community economic development within the ISR.

Position Vacant



The QNIHS Technician is responsible for ensuring the completion of technical tasks related to QNIHS survey delivery. The position works in tandem with internal and external partners, gather information, develop planning materials, coordinate survey instruments and provide technical advice to leadership on the QNIHS delivery.

Pauley Tedoff
QNIHS Technician



The Project Director, Health Methods and Data and now in IRC's Health and Wellness Division, is a collaborative position between Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Hotiὶ ts’eeda, a health research organization connecting health researchers and Indigenous communities. Its purpose is to begin addressing a gap in Indigenous Health Information in the Northwest Territories by gathering specific health indicator data about each respective community so that they can prioritize health programs and services, evaluate the effectives of health programs and services, improve health related research and increase inter-governmental cooperation.

For more information on the Hotii ts’eeda Program, please contact:

Jullian MacLean
SPOR – Methods Director


The Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) can be the first point of contact for consultation on any potential or proposed research taking place within the ISR, whether inside or outside of the six Inuvialuit communities. The IRA plays an advisory role to encourage regional partnerships and collaborations. The IRA also monitors and tracks research internally.

For more information, or to consult with the IRA, please contact:

Kendra Tingmiak
Inuit Research Advisor

Shared Services 


The Marine Protected Area Coordinator position was established to support IRC and co-management partners in the management and monitoring of existing Marine protected areas (MPAs) within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The MPA coordinator works closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC), the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC), and local Hunters and Trappers Committees (HTC) to ensure the appropriate and effective management and monitoring of MPAs within the ISR.

If you have any questions or comments related to marine protected areas in the ISR, please contact:

Kayla Hansen-Craik
Joint Secretariat



The Traditional and Local Knowledge Coordinator is a cross cutting position between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Joint Secretariat. In this position she works to towards more inclusion of Inuvialuit traditional knowledge in wildlife and land management decision making in the region. She also is working on several research projects working to document more Inuvialuit knowledge as part of the Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment. Cassandra also acts as a liaison with academic researchers working in the region.
If you have any questions or comments related to traditional and local knowledge in the ISR, please contact:
Cassandra Elliott
Joint Secretariat



The Inuvialuit Settlement Region – Community-Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP) is a partnership that includes the six ISR Hunters and Trappers Committees (HTCs), the Inuvialuit Settlement Region wildlife co-management boards (EIRB, EISC, FJMC, WMAC-NWT, and WMAC- NS), the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), and the Joint Secretariat (JS). Community interests and priorities are integral to the design and implementation of the Community Based Monitoring Program (CBMP). The program builds and increases local capacity to monitor current environmental conditions and trends through the training of Community Resource Technicians and the participation of local harvesters. The Community Based Monitoring Program includes and uses local expert Inuvialuit knowledge to inform the decisions and priorities of Inuvialuit organizations, wildlife co-management boards and territorial and federal resource management authorities.
If you have any questions or comments related to community-based monitoring in the ISR, please contact:
Joint Secretariat