The Nunavut Impact Review Board has nominated Marjorie Kaviq Kaluraq to take over as the regulatory body’s new chairperson. (Photo courtesy of the NIRB)

Nunavut regulator nominates new chairperson

Nunavut Impact Review Board recommends its vice-chair, Marjorie Kaviq Kaluraq of Baker Lake

By Jane George

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has nominated its vice-chairperson, Marjorie Kaviq Kaluraq of Baker Lake, to become the regulatory body’s new chairperson.

The NIRB recently advised Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, that Kaluraq had been selected as the board’s sole nominee for chairperson.

The NIRB’s longtime chairperson, Elizabeth Copland, recently resigned from the NIRB, effective March 29.

Elizabeth Copland in a photo taken in Iqaluit in 2012, when she chaired the Nutrition North Canada advisory committee. She was appointed recently to serve as Nunavut’s new chief coroner. (File photo)

Copland’s resignation from the NIRB followed her appointment as chief coroner for Nunavut, which starts in April.

“Throughout my two decades of service with the NIRB I have heard the evidence of hundreds of witnesses, I have chaired innumerable meetings, pre-hearing conferences, roundtables and hearings, and have benefitted from having other board members, elders, community members, experts, project proponents and interveners share their experiences and expertise with me and my fellow board members,” Copland said in a NIRB news release, in which she thanked everyone for their input and support.

Kaluraq is not new to the NIRB: she served on the board in 2011 on appointment by the Government of Nunavut and was reappointed by the GN for a second and third term on the NIRB in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

Since 2009, Kaluraq, who speaks English and Inuktitut, has been an instructor in the Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunavut Teacher Education Program. Kaluraq completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Environmental and Resources Science at Trent University in Peterborough and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Educational Studies, also at Trent University. She is also currently a 2018-2019 Jane Glassco Fellow.

Kaluraq has volunteered extensively and been involved in various projects in Peterborough and across Nunavut, including serving as a member of the Joamie After School Program in Iqaluit.

She is currently a volunteer jury member for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, according to information from the NIRB website.

“The board is also hopeful that the benefits of Ms. Kaluraq’s experience and continued commitment to the NIRB will be viewed favourably when considered for appointment as the next NIRB chairperson,” said the NIRB release on the nomination.

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