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NEWS: Around the Arctic January 23, 2013 - 9:24 am

Northwestel appoints former Nunavut MP to its board

Nancy Karetak-Lindell to help oversee northern telco


Former Nunavut MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell has joined Northwestel’s board of directors, the company said in a news release Jan 22.

Karetak-Lindell, from Arviat, has held various positions with the federal government, the Arviat Housing Association and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, which invests money in northern communities and freshwater protection initiatives.

Karetak-Lindell said she’s excited to be joining Northwestel.

“I look forward to serving northerners and to working with the board to help develop plans to ensure continued success as Northwestel enters its next phase of growth,” she said.

The former MP is an asset to the company, Northwestel said.

“She brings a history of leadership, mentoring and a keen understanding of the North to this company. Her dedication to northern prosperity will be an invaluable asset,” Paul Flaherty, president and chief executive officer, said.

Karetak-Lindell, a Liberal, was elected as MP for Nunavut in 1997 and kept the job until October 2008, when she decided not to run in that year’s federal election.

During her career as an MP, she served as parliamentary secretary for the minister of natural resources and chair and vice-chair of the standing committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

She also dealt with other departments, including: Canadian Heritage, Fisheries and Oceans, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

After stepping down from parliament, Nancy served as Director of the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship program between 2009 and 2012.

There, she mentored fellows in a two-year public policy research program about issues affecting the North.

A full list of Northwestel’s board of directors is available here.

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