Nunavut government approves power corp. appointments
“New appointments support…efforts to increase Nunavut Inuit and regional representation, and expand gender diversity on the board of directors”
The Qulliq Energy Corp. has new leadership on its board.
That’s after Nunavut’s cabinet ministers recently approved various appointments to the territorial power corporation’s board of directors.
Keith Peterson of Cambridge Bay, who was named to the QEC board last August for a three-year term, takes over as chair.
Peterson is a former cabinet minister and MLA for Cambridge Bay.
As cabinet minister, Peterson was responsible for the portfolios of finance, justice and health, and also served as the minister responsible for QEC.
Before serving 14 years as MLA for Cambridge Bay, including nine years in cabinet, Peterson was the mayor of the western Nunavut hub for two terms.
Andrew Nakashuk of Pangnirtung, who was also appointed to the QEC board last August, will serve as the board’s new vice-chair.
Nakashuk, who is currently chair of the Nunavut Planning Commission, has been an active member of committees, organizations and boards for many years within Pangnirtung and the Baffin region.
Nakashuk also has extensive experience as a conservation and fishery officer, bear monitor and interpretive guide. He has completed training in response to environmental emergencies and in search and rescue management, and has taken various courses through the RCMP, the QEC said.
Additional appointments to the QEC board include those of Sheena Akoomalik, Okalik Eegeesiak and Marvin Dion.
Cabinet also reappointed Nicole Jauvin to the board for another three-year term.
“The new appointments support the corporation’s continued efforts to increase Nunavut Inuit and regional representation, and expand gender diversity on the board of directors,” states a news release from the QEC.
Leaving the QEC board are Simeonie Akpalialuk, who became chair in May 2019 after serving as vice-chair since May 2018, and Kimberly Farman, appointed in May 2017 for a term of three years.
“I would like to thank outgoing board members Simeonie Akpalialuk and Kimberly Fairman for their valuable contributions to strong governance and leadership during their terms with QEC’s board of directors,” said Jeannie Ehaloak, the minister responsible for QEC.
“I am confident the new nine-member team collectively possesses the complementary professional and cultural competencies required to lead QEC forward strategically, to the benefit of all Nunavummiut.”