Board of Directors


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

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LeeAnn Fishback | Churchill Northern Science Centre (Churchill, Manitoba)
T: (204) 675-2307

LeeAnn 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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James Drummond | Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)   
T: (902) 494-2324

Professor 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.

Christine Barnard | Centre d’études nordiques (CEN)/Centre for Northern Studies (Quebec City, Quebec)
T: (418) 656-2131 #2503

Christine 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.

Bronwyn Hancock| Associate Vice President Research Development, Yukon College
T: (867) 332-6233

Bronwyn Hancock is the Associate Vice President Research Development for Yukon College. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of research at Yukon College, and for the development of positive relationships with the broader research community in support of northern research. In addition, she oversees research activities at the Yukon College’s Yukon Research Centre, which includes expertise in the thematic areas of climate change, northern energy innovation, mine life cycles, resources and sustainable development in the Arctic, and biodiversity monitoring. Prior to this position, Bronwyn served as Manager of the Northern Climate ExChange, the climate change research group at the Yukon Research Centre, overseeing a team that focuses on studying the impacts and adaptation opportunities associated with climate change in Yukon and northern Canada. Bronwyn Hancock holds a doctorate in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo, and has worked on projects related to climate change for over a decade.

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Rodd Laing | Nunatsiavut Government (Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador)
T: (709) 922-2567

Rodd Laing is the Director of Environment 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.

Maribeth Murray| Arctic Institute of North America
T: (403) 220-7516

Maribeth Murray is the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) and a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. AINA is home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) located located in southwest Yukon. KLRS supports research acro ss the biological, social and physical sciences. Murray’s own research is focused on the human/marine/climate system dynamics in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. She emphasizes the synthesis of climatological, historical, oceanographical, ecological, toxicological datasets to better understand how the Arctic functions as a system with people integral to that system. In recent years she has been engaged internationally in the development of an integrated Arctic Observing system that meets both researcher and stakeholder needs for information and that is useful for adaptation planning, and operational services in the Arctic.

Ryan Flagg | Ocean Networks Canada
T: (250) 721-8988

Ryan Flagg is the Observatory Support Engineer for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). He implemented ONC’s first cabled “Community Observatory” in 2011 and led the installation of ONC’s first arctic observatory (Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) in 2012. He has helped lead every subsequent maintenance operation and continues to assist with community engagement and to take part in research and instrument testing in Cambridge Bay. Ryan is actively helping to propose, plan for, and implement new monitoring initiatives throughout the north and along Canada’s other coastlines. Outside ONC, Ryan has served as a Marine Engineering Systems Operator with the Canadian Armed Forces Navy Reserves for fifteen years.

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Emma Hansen |
Quttinirpaaq National Park, Parks Canada Agency
T: (867) 975-4975

Emma 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”.