Board of Directors
Charlie Evalik, Chairman
Charlie Evalik is from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and has been a leader in the Kitikmeot region for many years. The defining element of Charlie’s career has been his service to the Inuit of his region through his role as President of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), an elected post that he held for 16 years through five terms (the final and last one ending in December 2014). The KIA is a “Designated Inuit Organization” under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, which has overall responsibility for defending, promoting and developing social, cultural and economic interests of Inuit of the Kitikmeot region. During his long tenure as KIA President, he successfully negotiated Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreements with major resource developers. Charlie was also the first Inuit Director of PanArctic Oils Ltd., which was the dominant early explorer for oil and gas in the Sverdrup Basin of Canada’s Arctic Archipelago.
Charlie’s leadership and vision has been widely recognized, including by the University of Alberta, from which he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in June 2011. The University bestowed this upon him for being a key player in the transformation of the North and a contributor to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the creation of the new Territory of Nunavut. Charlie was also awarded the 2013 Indspire Award (formerly called the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) in the category of Business and Commerce.
David Elliott, Vice-Chairman and Director
David Elliott is a Vice President and Director of Haywood Securities. As an executive of Haywood Securities, David helps to manage in excess of $6 billion of funds, with a specific focus on strategic investments in the Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. He works with the management team at the firm's Vancouver office where he also oversees trading operations. David began his career in 1968 as a floor trader in Montreal, before coming to Vancouver in 1970. David has been extremely successful in identifying quality investment opportunities in the resource sector and has, among other things, spearheaded numerous new exploration company start-ups.
David Omilgoitok, Director
David Omilgoitok is from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and is President and CEO of Kitikmeot Corporation (KC), the business development arm of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. Prior to joining KC in 2012, David worked for over 10 years in the Government of Nunavut, serving in a variety of senior positions, including as Deputy Minister of Human Resources and as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. As KC's President, David has been instrumental in ensuring that Kitikmeot Inuit are well positioned to participate in the economic opportunities occuring in their region. To facilitate this participation, David has advanced strategic investments and partnerships in a variety of regionally-relevant sectors, including mining, real estate, construction and health services.
Scott Northey, Director and Treasurer
Scott Northey is an independent banking professional with extensive experience working in capital markets. His current work is focused on building a project bond fund, as well as working with Canadian Aboriginal clients to help them to access capital markets for their business ventures. Prior to embarking on his private practice, Scott was, from 2003-2008, responsible for re-building the infrastructure and project finance business at TD Securities. Scott also held a post as Vice President & Director of Asset Securitization at CIBC Wood Gundy.
Andrew Gamble, Director
Andrew Gamble is a professional engineer with 10 years of service with the Federal Government and 20 years with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Before leaving the public service in 2000, Andrew held a number of key posts, including serving as a Deputy Minister within Transportation; Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development; and Executive branches. Andrew has more recently worked as a management consultant and has undertaken a variety of assignments for territorial and community governments, and Aboriginal organizations within Nuvavut and the Northwest Territories. He has also worked with the mining industry, the Council of the Federation and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
John Stevenson, Director
John Stevenson served 18 years with the Government of the Northwest Territories and held the positions of Wildlife Officer, Regional Superintendent and Assistant Deputy Minister. During that time, John acquired extensive experience working with northern communities on resource management and development issues. From 1999 to 2013, John was a managing partner of RT Associates, a Yellowknife-based consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, community economic development, business planning and institutional capacity development. In 2014, John became Corporate Operating Office of Kitikmeot Corporation, the business development arm of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, where he works closely with resource sector partners to develop business, employment and training opportunities for Inuit.