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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.

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.


Director Science, Innovation & Climate Change

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
Innovation, Science & Climate Change Director 
107 Mackenzie Road
Bag Service #21
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: (867) 777-7053
Fax: (867) 777-7001

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
Tel: (867) 777-7052
Fax: (867) 777-7001


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.

Leigh-Ann William Jones
Clean Energy Coordinator
Tel: (867) 777-7052
Fax: (867) 777-7001



Tess Forbes
Marine Program Coordinator
Tel: (867) 777-7051
Fax: (867) 777-7001



Matthew Maciek Chudek




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
Tel: (867) 777-7013
Fax: (867) 777-7001


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
Tel: (867) 777-7026
Fax: (867) 777-7001

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
Tel: (867) 777-2828
Fax: (867) 777-2610



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
Tel: (867) 777-2828
Fax: (867) 777-2610



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:
Chloe Brogan
Joint Secretariat
Tel: (867) 777-2828
Fax: (867) 777-2610