Board of Directors

Ryan Danby – Chair

Ryan Danby is an associate professor in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches courses in landscape ecology, biogeography, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem management. Ryan is an expert in the study of ecosystem dynamics and habitat change in Arctic and alpine environments, and has conducted fieldwork in Northern Canada and Alaska since 1996. His research is highly interdisciplinary, and he works with government, first nations, land owners and other stakeholders to ensure its relevancy for planning and management.


Robert G. Bromley, PhD – Bio

Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Bob attended the University of Calgary, the University of Alaska and Oregon State University to become a wildlife biologist.  He served with the Government of the Northwest Territories as ornithologist for 16 years, and has published dozens of articles in refereed wildlife journals, and many additional reports deriving from his work for his business Whole Arctic Consulting and for non-government organizations.  Since 1997 he has focused on mitigation of climate change and localized northern community economies, working especially with northern communities.  From 2007-2015 Bromley served as MLA (Weledeh), Northwest Territories.  He currently resides in Yellowknife with his wife Marianne, and also serves on the Board of Ecology North – of which he was a founder in 1971, and the Northern Farm Training Institute based in Hay River; and volunteers with Yellowknife-based Alternatives North and NWT Council of Canadians NWT Chapter.


P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D

P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D., is a professor of history and co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo). He is also Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, headquartered in Yellowknife and including patrols from all three northern territories. Whitney is a prolific author on both historical and contemporary Arctic sovereignty, security and governance issues. His recent books include studies of the Canadian Rangers, historical and legal dimensions of Canada’s evolving sovereignty positions, and Aboriginal-state relations. His current research includes work on Whole of Government approaches to security and safety, northern resource development, indigenous issues, and contemporary circumpolar affairs. He is currently Linishing books on China’s Arctic interests, early postwar polar exploration, the Joint Arctic Weather Stations, and the DEW Line. He is also co-editor of the Documents on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security (DCASS) series. In addition to his scholarly work, Whitney is a frequent consult to various government departments and non-governmental organizations.


Caroline Anawak

During forty-seven years in the North, Caroline Anawak has worked for Government, Dene and Inuit Organizations, the private sector and non-government agencies, addressing social, justice, education and health issues.
Caroline has been involved in the creation of many community, regional and territorial organizations and is the co-author of the Nunavut Human Resource Strategy and Project Coordinator and Researcher for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Inuit Centre Publication “Suicide Prevention – Inuit Traditional Practices that Encouraged Coping and Resilience”. Elected to District Education Authorities in Nauyaat, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit and a Municipal Councillor in Rankin Inlet, she has also been a Coroner and Justice of the Peace, as well as one of the co-founders of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
She has worked as Suicide Intervention Specialist and as an Executive Director in many capacities, including for the YWCA and an Elders Society and is currently a Consultant, living in Iqaluit.


Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald has lived in Yellowknife for more than 35 years. He has traveled extensively in the north. Retired from paid work since 2005, Ben spent the last 25 years of his working life in the labour movement. During his years in the north Ben served three terms on Yellowknife City Council, including two years as its Deputy Mayor. He also spent three years as a member of the Governing Council of the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Ben continues to be active in the community as a volunteer with Alternatives North and the Smart Communities Society.




Lois Little
Lois Little has lived and worked in the Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories since 1969 and has permanently resided in Yellowknife since 1975. She is the founding partner of Lutra Associates Ltd., a Yellowknife-based socio-economic research and management consulting firm that was established in 1978. In her work with Lutra, Lois has led or participated in over 400 research, evaluation, and program/project design assignments on behalf of the firm. Her work focuses on the social, cultural, and economic spheres of northern life. Lois has undertaken groundbreaking research in NWT’s voluntary sector and lead the development of action plans that engage a wide variety of players in addressing long standing social issues (e.g. family violence, elder abuse and youth alienation). Prior to founding Lutra Associates, Lois was employed in community development functions with the Government of the NWT. She also has a short employment history with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and the federal government’s Canada Employment Commission and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Lois has an undergraduate degree in Native Studies from Trent University and a graduate degree in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University.


Rob Huebert Ph.D.
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was a senior research fellow of the Canadian International Council and a fellow with Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. In November 2010, he was appointed as a director to the Canadian Polar Commission Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests includes: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.

Edward Struzik
Edward Struzik has been writing about the Arctic for over twenty-five years. A fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and spent a year at Harvard and MIT researching polar and environmental issues. His 2009 book,The Big Thaw: Travels in the Melting North, focused on the effects of climate change on the Canadian Arctic. He is an active speaker and lecturer, and is frequently interviewed as an expert on Arctic issues. He recently joined the Board of Directors for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.