Board of Directors


Board Members L to R: James Drummond, Past-President; David Miller, Secretariat; Rodd Laing, Communications Committee Chair; Sian Williams, Secretary; Emma Hansen, Member-at-Large; Christine Barnard, Member-at-Large; LeeAnn Fishback, Chairperson; Wayne Pollard, Vice Chairperson; Bronwyn Benkert, Treasurer. Photo taken February 2016.

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LeeAnn Fishback | Churchill Northern Science Centre (Churchill, Manitoba)
T: (204) 675-2307
E: fishback@churchillscience.caLeeAnn Fishback is the Scientific Coordinator and Research Scientist at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. LeeAnn is an environmental geochemist focused on freshwater lake and pond water chemistry in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. Prior to coming to the Centre, LeeAnn conducted research at various locations throughout the High Arctic during graduate studies. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg and leads the Earthwatch Institute-funded Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge citizen science research program.
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Wayne Pollard | McGill University (Montreal, Quebec)    
T: (514) 398-4454
E: wayne.pollard@mcgill.caWayne Pollard is a Professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University. He is also the Director of McGill’s two Arctic Research Stations as well as an associate member of the McGill School of the Environment. Author and co-author on more than 100 refereed publications, Wayne’s research is concerned with the geomorphic significance of permafrost, ground ice and groundwater in cold polar desert systems. His research includes fieldwork in the both the Arctic and Antarctic as well analogue-based studies for Mars and the Moon.
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James Drummond | Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
T: (902) 494-2324
E: james.drummond@dal.caProfessor James Drummond, FRSC holds a Canada Research Chair in Remote Sounding of Atmospheres in Dalhousie University. A Physicist by training, he has been developing and using instrumentation for measuring atmospheric composition for over 40 years, working with space, aircraft, balloon and ground-based equipment. James is currently the Principal Investigator of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut.
Bronwyn Benkert| Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College (Whitehorse, Yukon)
T: (867) 332-6233
E: bbenkert@yukoncollege.yk.caBronwyn Benkert is the Manager of the Northern Climate ExChange, part of the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College. She manages a group of scientists and project coordinators that study the impacts and adaptation opportunities associated with climate change in the Yukon and northern Canada. Bronwyn and her team work on topics ranging from permafrost to water to food security to community-based adaptation planning. Bronwyn holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo, and has worked on projects related to climate change for over a decade. If she’s not at her desk, she’s probably gone out running.
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Sian Williams | Kluane Lake Research Station (Haines Junction, Yukon)

T: (867) 634-2729
E: glacierfly@gmail.comSian Williams is the Station Manager at the Kluane Lake Research Station in Yukon. Her career and personal interests revolve around facilitating connections between northern communities and the northern environment. Sian seeks out projects that get people out on the land, strengthen community health, and increase knowledge and appreciation of northern ecosystems.
Rodd Laing cropped Director-at-Large, Communications Committee Chair
Rodd Laing | Nunatsiavut Government (Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador)
T: (709) 922-2567
E: rodd_laing@nunatsiavut.comRodd Laing is the Research Manager at the Nunatsiavut Government and currently manages the Nain Research Centre and the Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station, where he oversees a variety of research programs. These programs integrate science and traditional knowledge to better understand changes in contaminants, marine mammals, sea ice and the impacts of these changes have on the health and well-being of Inuit. Rodd holds a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and began working in the Arctic in 2008, while working on graduate work at the University of Manitoba. In 2010, while working at Trent University, Rodd centered his research in the Nunatsiavut region, and in 2012, moved to Nain to begin working with the Nunatsiavut Government.
Christine Barnard | Centre d’études nordique (CEN)/Centre for Northern Studies (Quebec City, Quebec)
T: (418) 656-2131 #2503
E: christine.barnard@cen.ulaval.caChristine Barnard is the Science Coordinator for Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) at Université Laval. Her main role is northern research management and coordination. She also manages CEN’s network of 8 research stations and over 110 environmental monitoring stations in the eastern Arctic and sub-Arctic. Christine entered Arctic research as a Research / Data Coordinator for ArcticNet. She obtained her B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at McGill University, which included two semesters at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After working as a professional biologist, she obtained a Masters and PhD in Environmental Sciences at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières with research focused on food web dynamics in the St. Lawrence River and estuary.
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Emma Hansen |
Quttinirpaaq National Park, Parks Canada Agency
T: (867) 975-4975
E: Emma.Hansen@pc.gc.caEmma Hansen is the Park Manager for Quttinirpaaq National Park. Quttinirpaaq means ‘at the top’ in Inuktitut, referring to the park’s location on northern Ellesmere Island. Quttinirpaaq’s arctic research history goes back to the late 1950s, when the Defence Research Board established three camps in the area: Lake Hazen, Tanquary Fiord and Ward Hunt Island. These camps are still being used today, by researchers and Park staff alike. Emma’s role is both operational and strategic: managing the operation of the park and its user groups,  DND, independent researchers and visitors, while working with park stakeholders on implementing the objectives defined in the management plan. Emma has been with Parks Canada for 12 years starting out in Kluane National Park and Reserve in 2004. Her first career was as a linguist and translator, but a long walk down the west coast of the United States in 1998 changed all that. She now holds an M.A. in Environmental Communication and Education from Royal Roads University and her current passion is definitely “all things arctic”.
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David Miller | Canadian High Arctic Research Station (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
T: (867) 766-8537
C: (867) 765-8577
E: david.miller@polar.gc.caDavid Miller is a 35-year resident of the Northwest Territories. He was the Canadian Polar Commission’s Northern Coordinator for two-and-a-half years prior to its amalgamation with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and continues with the new organization as a Northern relations advisor. David was the project head and lead writer of the Polar Commission’s State of Northern Knowledge Report (April 2014). He was a career news reporter and documentary producer with CBC Radio, then later a Yellowknife-based communications consultant.