Polar Knowledge Canada seeks applicants for president, chair, board member

Agency oversees the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay

Polar Knowledge Canada, which manages the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, seen here, is looking for a new president, chair and board member. (Photo by Jane George)

By Jane George

Polar Knowledge Canada, the federal agency that manages the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, is looking for a new president, chairperson and a board member.

The review of applications for appointments will begin on May 26, and interested candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website.

The available positions are:

  • President, who is the CEO of Polar Knowledge, is accountable for its day-to-day management and direction, in accordance with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act. The president submits the science and technology plan, annual work plans and budgets to the board for approval, and reports to Parliament through the minister of northern affairs.
  • Chair, who is responsible for setting the agenda for and managing the nine-member board of directors of Polar Knowledge, is accountable for ensuring strategic leadership and decision making for Polar Knowledge in accordance with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act, and reports to Parliament through the minister of northern affairs.
  • Board member, who provides oversight on approving science and technology plans, as well as annual work plans and budgets for Polar Knowledge, in accordance with the federal Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act.

The board meets three times a year, often in Cambridge Bay.

For all positions, proficiency in both official languages would be preferred, Polar Knowledge said.

And familiarity with the “Indigenous languages of the North, particularly Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, would be considered an asset.”

Clarification


As these are all governor-in-council appointments, they are not actually conducted by Polar Knowledge Canada, nor is anyone from POLAR part of the selection committee. They are managed by the Privy Council Office on behalf of the Government of Canada.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Susie kemukton on

    I would like to try as a board member, as I interested in trying it out , I was on Hamlet council Committee for 1 and a half bit decided to resign from my position as I was having issues with some of the public member but did apologize to the persons. I am also sitting on the CBHA Broad of Cambridge Bay housing Association going on another 1 and a half. I enjoy it being on the board as I like to help the community members the best way I can. I am 54 yrs of age and I am willing to try something new and would like so much to try with Polar Knowledge. I would also make a good standing board as I believe in my rights as an inuk, and I’d like to learn more about polar Knowledge, hoping I can hear from you. Thank you,
    Sincerely
    Susie kemukton

  2. Posted by Hmmmm on

    Does this mean David Scott is no longer the president? Or CEO? The chars campus has been a confusing mess of transient workers and empty offices, and that was before the pandemic. It will interesting to see if the new leader can thread the needle between the joy of studying the arctic and the challenges of living here. President Scott, if this is true, i cant say I will notice you arent here anymore. New president, three visits to Cambridge Bay is not enough. Move your people here and lead by example. You arent so important you cant learn to wait for water too.

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