Ambassadors

Why have AIP Ambassadors?

There are five equally important pillars to the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP): the $1 million annual prize money, the teams who apply for and win the Prize, the distinguished Selection Committee, Partners and Ambassadors.

Candidates cannot apply for the Prize themselves; they must be nominated by third parties who are knowledgeable about their activities. The AIP goal is to have a strong, positive presence within the heart of diverse communities across the North and this can only be achieved with the engaged participation of Ambassadors.

What does an AIP Ambassador do?

Ambassadors voluntarily invest their time and efforts seeking, encouraging and mentoring eligible and worthy teams and putting together their nominations. They also promote the Prize and celebrate the winners. In short, AIP Ambassadors:

  • Spread the Word - make sure that information about the Prize is available at the grass roots level across diverse communities
  • Actively seek out teams and projects
  • Encourage/Help/Mentor teams
  • Nominate - the complete nomination package is available here
  • Share the good news - through social and conventional media, word of mouth, publications, etc.

Who can be an AIP Ambassador?

Ambassadors can be representatives of organizations, universities, research institutes, private sector, government departments or any other organization from north or south with an interest in the Canadian Arctic. It is the AIP goal to reach out as broadly and deeply as possible to communities in the North. Local and regional representatives play an essential role to achieve that goal.

Ambassadors may submit more than one application for the Arctic Inspiration Prize for any given year. Acting as an Ambassador does not prevent an organization from being part of a team nominated by another Ambassador.

Some organizations are invited by the Arctic Inspiration Prize office to act as Ambassadors who champion the Prize in their respected regions and/or fields. The Prize aims to have Ambassadors covering all geographical and thematic areas of the Prize.

In addition to these invited Ambassadors, anyone may act as a nominator for a team they see as worthy of the Arctic Inspiration Prize.

Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting the AIP by:

  • Liking and sharing the AIP Facebook
  • Folllowing the AIP on Twitter at @ArcticPrize and re-tweeting AIP posts
  • Featuring the AIP logo on your web page(s) - share your pride at being part of the AIP team wherever you can
  • Including news about the AIP and its Laureates on your web pages and social media platforms
  • Writing about the AIP in your newsletters and company updates
  • Celebrating your Laureates in your communities and beyond. Enjoy the additional profile you gain by being part of the AIP team by sharing good news stories about successes and progress, including local media coverage, print articles, etc.

List of Appointed Ambassadors:

(Alphabetical order)

Aarluk Consulting Inc.

Aarluk Consulting Inc.
Victor Tootoo, President
Tel: 867-979-2089
Email:

Arctic Institute of North America

Arctic Institute of North America
Maribeth S. Murray, Ph.D., Executive Director
Tel: 403-220-7515
Email:

Arctic Security Consultants

Arctic Security Consultants
Colonel (Retd) Leblanc
Tel: 613-424-7701
Email:

Association of Yukon Communities

Association of Yukon Communities
Bev Buckway, Executive Director
Tel: 867-668-4388
Email:

Aurora Research Institute

Aurora Research Institute
Pippa Seccombe-Hett, Director
Tel: 867-777-3298
Email:

Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce

Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chris West, Executive Director
Tel: 867-979-4654
Email:

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature
Dr. Jeffery M. Saarela, Director, Centre for Arctic Knowledge & Exploration
Tel: 613-566-4700
Email:

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Northwest Territories office
Teresa Joudrie, Regional Director of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2585
Email:

Nunavut office
Sylvie Renaud, Regional Director of Nunavut
Tel: 867-975-3737
Email:

Yukon office
Melissa Cry, Acting Regional Director of Yukon
Tel: 867-667-3310
Email:

Council of Yukon First Nations

Council of Yukon First Nations
Peter Johnston, Grand Chief
Tel: 867-393-9224
Email:

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)
Candice Lys, Project Lead
Tel: 1-867-444-9108
Email:

Government of Nunavut

Government of Nunavut
David Akoak, Director of the GLO program
Tel: 867-975-6050
Email:
Government Liaison Officers

Imaituk Inc.

Imaituk Inc.
Lorraine Thomas, Vice-President
Tel: 204-231-0278
Email:

Northern Science and Contaminants Research Directorate (AANDC)

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Northern Science and Contaminants Research Directorate
Sarah Kalhok Bourque, Assistant Director and Chair, Northern Contaminants Program Management Committee
Tel: 819-934-1107
Email:

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
Susan Chatwood, Executive and Scientific Director
Tel: 867-873-9337
Email:

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Peter Geikie, A. Executive Director
Tel: 613-238-8181 ext. 268
Email:

KATIVIK Regional Government

KATIVIK Regional Government
Michael Gordon, Director General
Tel: 819-964-2961
Email:

Kitikmeot Inuit Association

Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Paul Emingak, Executive Director
Tel: 867-983-2458
Email:
Community Ambassadors

Kivalliq Inuit Association

Kivalliq Inuit Association
Stephen Hartman, Executive Director
Tel: 867-645-5733
Email:
Community Ambassadors

Labrador North Chamber of Commerce

Labrador North Chamber of Commerce
Brian Fowlow, Executive Director
Tel: 709-896-8787
Email:

Lumos Energy

Lumos Energy
Christopher Henderson, President
Author, Aboriginal Power
Tel: 613-562-2005 ext 225
Email:

Makivik Corporation

Makivik Corporation
Joë Lance, Executive Assistant to the President
Tel: 514-745-8880 ext. 2250
Email:

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Fisheries and Marine Institute of
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Gerald Anderson
Director, Development & Engagement
Office of the Vice-President, Memorial University (Marine Institute)
Tel: 709-778-0646
Email:

MITACS

Mitacs Inc.
Duncan Phillips, Vice-president Strategic Enterprises
Tel: 778-847-6406
Email:

Northwest Territories Association of Communities

Northwest Territories Association of Communities
Sara Brown, P. Eng., Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 867-873-8359
Email:

Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
Mike Bradshaw, Executive Director
Tel: 867-920-9505
Email:

NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Northwest Territories & Nunavut Chamber of Mines
Elizabeth (Liz) Kingston, General Manager – Nunavut
Tel: 867-979-5291
Email:

Tom Hoefer, Executive Director
Tel: 867-873-5281
Email:

Northwest Territories Members of the Legislative Assembly

Northwest Territories Members
of the Legislative Assembly

Tel: 1-800-661-0784

Contact your MLA

Mr. Kevin O’Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake
Email:

Hon. Glen Abernethy, MLA for Great Slave
Email:

Mr. RJ Simpson, MLA for Hay River North
Email:

Hon. Alfred Moses, MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake
Email:

Mr. Frederick Blake Jr., MLA for Mackenzie Delta
Email:

Hon. Jackson Lafferty, MLA for Monfwi
Email:

Mr. Shane Thompson, MLA for Nahendeh
Email:

Mr. Herbert Nakimayak, MLA for Nunakput
Email:

Hon. Caroline Cochrane, MLA for Range Lake
Email:

Ms. Julie Green, MLA for Yellowknife Centre
Email:

Mr. Cory Vanthuyne, MLA for Yellowknife North
Email:

Premier Bob McLeod, MLA for Yellowknife South
Email:

Nunatsiavut Government

Nunatsiavut Government
Isabella Pain, Deputy Minister of the Nunatsiavut Secretariat,
Secretary to the Executive Council
Tel: 709-922-2942, ext 247
Email:

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Nunavik Regional Board of Health
and Social Services

Helen Dion, Assistant to the Executive Director
Tel: 819-964-2222 ext. 225
Email:

Nunavut Economic Developers Association (NEDA)

Nunavut Economic Developers Association (NEDA)
Hal Timar, Executive Director
Tel: 867-979-4620
Email:
Main contact list / Community Ambassadors

Nunavut Literacy Council

Nunavut Literacy Council
Adriana Kusugak
Tel: 867-645-2121
Email:
Community Ambassadors

Nunavut Research Institute

Nunavut Research Institute
Mary Ellen Thomas, Senior Research Officer
Tel: 867-979-7202
Email:

Nunavut Sivuniksavut

Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Morley Hanson, Coordinator
Tel: 613-244-4937 ext 10
Email:

Nunavut Tunngavik

Nunavut Tunngavik
Udloriak Hanson, Chief Operating Officer
Department of Corporate Services
Tel: 867-975-4900
Email:

Polar Knowledge Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada
Ottawa office
David J. Scott, President, Knowledge Management & Operations
Tel: 613-990-5821
Email:

Yellowknife office
David Miller, Northern Coordinator
Tel: 867-766-8537
Email:

Qikiqtani Inuit Association

Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Maude Bertrand, Director of Communications
Tel: 1-800-667-2742
Email:
Community Ambassadors

School of Social Work - University of British Columbia

School of Social Work - University of British Columbia
Frank Tester, Professor of Social Work
Tel: 604-822-3447
Email:

Students on Ice

Students on Ice
Henk van der Molen, Director of Development
Tel: 1-866-336-6423
Email:

Caitlyn Baikie, Manager, Arctic Youth and Partnerships
Tel: 1-866-336-6423
Email:

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

The Circle on Philanthropy and
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Thea Belanger, Manager,
Communications & Engagement
Tel: 613-236-2664 ext 368
Email:

The Mining Association of Canada

The Mining Association of Canada
Brendan Marshall
Senior Director Economic and Northern Affairs
Tel: 613-233-9392 ext 328
Email:

Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY)

Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY)
Bruno Bourdache, Executive Director
Tel: 867-456-4304
Email:

World Wildlife Fund (Canada)

World Wildlife Fund (Canada)
Paul Crowley, Vice President, Arctic
Tel: 867-222-2620 ext 368
Email:

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Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Yukon Chamber of Commerce
Peter M. Turner
President, Yukon Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 867-393-6060
Email:

Yukon Chamber of Mines

Yukon Chamber of Mines
Samson Hartland
Executive Director, Yukon Chamber of Mines
Tel: 867-667-2090
Email:

Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce

Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce
Albert Drapeau, Executive Director
Tel: 867-667-7917 Ext. 104
Email:

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
Charlene Alexander, Executive Director
Tel: 867-667-7698 Ext. 202
Email:

Yukon Government Members of the Legislative Assembly

Yukon Government Members
of the Legislative Assembly

Liz Hanson, MLA for Whitehorse Centre
Tel: 867-393-7050
Email:

Sandy Silver, MLA for Klondike
Tel: 867-393-7007
Email:

Yukon Research Centre

Yukon Research Centre
Clint Sawicki, Director,
Office of Research Services
Tel: 867-668-8772
Email: