Board of Directors

leeann-fishback_350px Chair of the Board
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.
James-D_350px Vice-Chair
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.

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.

Bronwyn Hancock| Associate Vice President Research Development, Yukon College
T: (867) 332-6233
E: bhancock@yukoncollege.yk.caBronwyn 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.
Henry Penn | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arctic Institute of North America
T: (403) 220-7294


Rodd Laing cropped
Communications Committee Chair, Director-at-Large
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.

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.

Rudy Riedlsperger |
Nunatsiavut Government (Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador)
T: (709) 922-2942 x249
E: Rudy Riedlsperger is Research Manager with the Department of Lands and Natural Resources at the Nunatsiavut Government. He is involved with multiple regionally led research projects in Nunatsiavut, including, but not limited to, research on contaminants in country foods and initiatives to establish a marine management plan in the coastal and marine environment of Nunatsiavut. Rudy is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and obtained a Masters in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland. At Memorial he is also a part-time PhD student (Geography) with a focus on housing in Arctic and Subarctic regions. He lives in Nain with his family and enjoys to run and ski.
Caitlin Lapalme | Labrador Institute of Memorial University (North West River, Newfoundland and Labrador)
T: (709) 497-3630 x222
E: caitlin.lapalme@mun.caCaitlin Lapalme is the Laboratory Coordinator for the Labrador Institute Research Station (LIRS). She is responsible for establishing and developing the physical science laboratories at the LIRS, coordinating and assisting in the associated laboratory research and is working to develop the research station as a whole. Caitlin holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Ottawa and her research experiences have focused on permafrost and ground ice conditions in high latitude regions. Prior to joining the Labrador Institute, Caitlin worked as a Field and Research Assistant at the University of Ottawa where she helped investigate permafrost and environmental change in polar regions. In these roles, Caitlin participated in the installation and maintenance of an environmental monitoring network across Labrador and employed permafrost geophysics and other field investigation techniques in the Northwest Territories, Torngat Mountains National Park and various locations throughout Labrador.