Mr. Ohokannoak is manager of Polarnet and Chair/President of Nunavut BroadBand Development Corporation. He was first selected as Chairman of NBDC in 2005 by the NBDC directors. As Manager of Polarnet, Mr. Ohokannoak heads the delivery QINIQ in all the communities of the Kitikmeot, with Polarnet as the Community Service Provider. He was contracted by SSI Micro (the company who built the new QINIQ broadband network) to conduct training for all the Community Service Providers in all the regions.
Mr. Ohokannoak was one of the principal people who started Polarnet in 1997 – providing local dial-up services to the 5 Kitikmeot communities. Today, Mr. Ohokannoak, wants to see broadband technologies available in Nunavut at the same level as technologies in southern Canada. He sees a huge potential to help Nunavummiut improve ways of communicating – including VoIP, video conferencing, and various forms of real-time communication.
A lifelong resident of Cambridge Bay, he is very experienced in working on various boards of organizations. He volunteers on the Cambridge Bay Justice Committee, and runs the local cadet corps.
Johnny N. Adams
For over 30 years, Johnny N. Adams has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the development of the Inuit communities of Nunavik. His political and businesses accomplishments are numerous. He started his career in aviation in 1979 and holds both commercial endorsements for fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Most notably, Mr. Adams has held the positions of mayor of the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq, chairman of the Kativik Regional Government and president of the Kativik Regional Development Council. He is a signatory to the 2002 Sanarrutik Agreement, which consolidated relations between Québec and Inuit and has proven to be a major economic development tool for Nunavik. Mr. Adams has extensive business experience in the region’s airline, outfitting and construction sectors. Appointed a knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2006 and also recipient of the Municipal Merit Award in 1990, Johnny N. Adams is recognized for the remarkable contribution he has made to the harmonious relations currently enjoyed by the Inuit of Northern Québec and the Québec Government.
Shelley Ambrose started her career as a reporter for The Globe and Mail and Windsor Star before serving for more than a decade as a producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside and later for The Pamela Wallin Show. After three years in public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in New York, organizing media and events and building the Canadian brand, she returned to Canada in 2006. Ms. Ambrose has produced hundreds of events, including forums, lectures, festivals, book tours, Arctic tours, royal visits, and Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday celebrations in Toronto and New York.
She joined the Walrus Foundation in 2006 as its Executive Director and Publisher of The Walrus magazine. Today, the Walrus Foundation is an industry leader in creating “content-fueled conversations.”
For Ms. Ambrose, her work today is a continuation of the Canadian conversation she has engaged in her whole life. She sits on the Advisory Council for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities in Western’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Both her mother and father attended Western, prior to moving the family west to Calgary when she was five. She earned an English degree from Western in 1983.
As the owner and principal of See Jane Run Communications since 2001, Jane Hamilton has worked with clients in a variety of profit and not-for-profit sectors, including the healthcare, education, government and industry sectors. A passionate advocate and volunteer she completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-Rotman) Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials program in November 2018.
Jane is Chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation, a Special Olympics curling coach and an active board member with Project Autism, MacLachlan College and the Oakville Truth and Reconciliation Partnership. Jane has also served on the boards of the Oakville Parent Child Centre and the Centre of ADHD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC).
She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Arts (MA) in International Journalism from City University in London, UK.
Rosemarie Kuptana, OC, LL.D, is an Inuit rights activist, broadcaster and journalist. In addition to serving with several Inuit organizations she was president of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
Rosemarie is a past President of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and played a significant role in securing for Aboriginal peoples an equal participation with other Canadians in national constitutional and political processes. She has also represented Inuit in other forums, including serving as co-chair of the International Artic Council and, from 1986 to 1989, as the Canadian vice-president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference.
She also researched and published No More Secrets, an examination of child sexual abuse in Inuit communities for Pautuutit, the national Inuit women’s association. The work has helped Inuit across Canada better recognize and treat this extremely difficult problem.
Rosemarie has received the order of Canada and the Governor General’s Confederation Medal. In 1992, she was named to Maclean’s Honour Role and was selected as Up Here magazine’s Northerner of the Year.
Sherry Saevil is a Cree woman from Treaty 6 with a degree in Native Studies and Criminology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Sherry developed her passion for Indigenous issues through personal experience and professional life. Sherry’s mother and all of her Aunts and Uncles were survivors of the Residential school system. She comes from a family of ten children who were all part of the “Sixties Scoop”. She is the first generation to raise her children without government interference.
Sherry has always worked for Indigenous organizations starting with Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Researcher Centre in Manitoba, where she was the lead researcher in archival research. She spent 5 years at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory as the Assistant Director focusing on Land claims research in preparation for submissions to the Federal Government. Sherry now works with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) as the Indigenous Education Advisor.
Sherry is a passionate advocate for Indigenous issues and regularly speaks about several key subjects including Residential school, Treaties and social issues facing Indigenous people. Sherry continues to support a variety of educational initiatives at the HCDSB by providing professional development to all staff, introducing Indigenous Elders, Artists, performers, Traditional Knowledge Keepers to our school while and encouraging teachers to embed Indigenous ways of knowing into the curriculum.
Sherry is regularly invited to participate on key National events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Educational Roundtable with the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation, the International Indigenous Education Conference, Treaty discussions with the Treaty Commission of Saskatchewan. Most recently, Sherry was a recipient of the Sesquicentennial award for her contribution in supporting reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
Victor Tootoo is the Vice President of NVision Insight Group, which specializes in strategy, budgeting and reporting for local development projects with all levels of government and Inuit organizations in Northern Canada. He is also the President of Northern Allied Nunavut Travel, a travel management company which caters to corporations in Northern Canada; the President of Kivallingmiut Aviation, which provides helicopter and charter services in Northern Canada; and President of Nahanni Nunavut Construction, which provides civil project management and general contractor services.
Victor has held numerous positions with various governments in the North, holds a Certified General Accounting designation, and also attended Assiniboine Community College where he obtained a Diploma in Business Administration, Management and Operations.
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The Arctic Rose Foundation is a charitable organization that was founded by Susan Aglukark in 2012 and officially designated as a registered charity in 2016. The mission of The Arctic Rose Foundation is to instill hope for Northern Inuit, First Nations and Metis children, youth and their families through the creation of physically, emotionally, mentally, culturally safe places and the provision of holistic, adaptable programming that engages, nurtures and supports them in healthy and meaningful ways.