The NIRB maintains a full time staff located at its office in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The public interacts directly with the NIRB’s full time staff, and during a hearing, directly with the Board. The NIRB’s Chairperson and the NIRB’s Executive Director can be contacted by the public at any time. The NIRB currently employs up to 20 staff, organized into an Executive department, Finance and Administration department and Technical Services department.



Executive Department


Ryan Barry

Position: Executive Director
Phone: (867) 983-4608
Originally from Prince Edward Island, Ryan joined the NIRB in 2007 as a Technical Advisor, transitioned to the position of Director, Technical Services in 2009, and to the position of Executive Director in 2011. Ryan holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology with research interests that include arctic marine policy and environmental assessment theory and practice. When he’s not at work, Ryan enjoys spending time at his cabin on the Dease Strait or making music with his friends in Cambridge Bay.



Jeannie Ehaloak

Position: Manager, Communications
Phone: (867) 983-4605
Jeannie who was born on the Dew Line-Cam 1, Jenny Lind Island, joined the Board as a Manager, Communications. She is currently responsible for coordinating the communication of NIRB processes, events, and decisions to Government, Inuit organizations, community organizations and the general public. Outside of the office Jeannie is in her second term as Mayor of Cambridge Bay and the President of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities. Jeannie loves to outdoors, she does a lot of walking. She completed a 233 km walk from Omingmaktok to Cambridge Bay in 2012 to raise funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. You will find Jeannie at her cabin on the weekends in the spring, summer and fall, which is her home away home.



Josie Tucktoo-Lacasse

Position: Interpreter/Translator
Phone: (867) 983-4614
Originally from Taloyoak, Josie relocated to Cambridge Bay in 1995 to work for the Government of Nunavut, Department of Education. She has extensive experience as an Interpreter/Translator and holds a diploma in Elementary Education from McGill University. Her career led her to teach in her home community of Taloyoak as well as in Kugluktuk. She owns a small business as an Interpreter/Translator and also holds a designation as a Nunavut Justice of the Peace. Josie has been working for the NIRB since 1995. She loves the outdoors, photography, and fishing.


Finance and Administration Department


Mark Ings

Position: Director of Finance and Administration
Phone: (867) 983-4602
Mark joined the NIRB in February 2011 as the Director, Finance and Administration. Originally from Morinville, Alberta, Mark brings extensive experience from the banking sector, having held senior roles in corporate finance for 12 years. Mark holds several designations including CFP, CSC, 2nd level CMA, Business Finance and Business Administration. He has taken an active role in the community of Cambridge Bay, and presently holds the position of the Ikaluktutiak Elks Treasurer. He has 3 wonderful children back in Edmonton and is proud to call Cambridge Bay his home.



Priscilla Evalik

Position: Senior Finance Officer
Phone: (867) 983-4604
Priscilla (Ovik) is originally from the Bathurst Inlet and Bay Chimo area. In 1986 she moved to Cambridge Bay, where she resides with her husband and three children. She joined the Board in 2007 from the Government of Nunavut, Department of Government Services and was promoted to Senior Finance Officer in early 2011.



Lena Atatahak

Position: Secretary/Receptionist
Phone: (867) 983-4600
Lena is originally from Aklavik, NWT and moved to Cambridge Bay in 1956, where she now resides with her family. She joined the Board in 2006 from the Doris North Gold Mine. Lena has fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, some of whom live in Cambridge Bay, Calgary, and Kugluktuk. Lena loves card games and community events.


Technical Services Department


Amanda Hanson

Position: Director, Technical Services
Phone: (867) 983-4615
Amanda joined the Board in 2007 in a Technical Advisor capacity and transitioned to the Director, Technical Services position in 2011. Amanda is currently working toward an M.Sc. (online) in Environmental Practice at Royal Roads University in Victoria, and enjoys spending her free time with her family engaging in outdoor activities and organized sports in Cambridge Bay.



Sophia Granchinho

Position: Senior Technical Advisor
Phone: (867) 793-4633
Sophia joined the Board in February 2007 from Yellowknife, NT as a Technical Advisor and transitioned to a Senior Technical Advisor in 2012. She has a MSc. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and holds an Environmental Professional certification specializing in Water Quality with the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board. Sophia manages the Review of AREVA Resources Inc.’s Kiggavik Project and oversees the Board’s monitoring of the Meadowbank Gold Mine Project. Sophia works for the Board remotely from Baker Lake and when not at work, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband and dogs.



Tara Arko

Position: Technical Advisor
Phone: (867) 983-4611
Tara has worked for the Board since February 2009. Her interest in the environment and North, backed by a BSA from the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Horticulture and Soil Science, found its home with the NIRB. She joined the NIRB's Technical Department as an Assistant Technical Advisor, transitioned to Technical Advisor and Monitoring Officer in 2011, and has taken on A/Manager, Technical Administration since December 2012. In addition to her work, Tara cares for her family, enjoys the challenges of growing plants and food in the North, and maintains responsibilities as Chairperson of the non-profit Cambridge Bay Childcare Society.



Kelli Gillard

Position: Technical Advisor
Phone: (867) 983-4619
Originally from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Kelli joined the Board as a Technical Advisor in 2009. She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and holds a dual membership as a Professional Agrologist in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She is currently responsible for managing the NIRB’s Review of the BIPR, Garry Lake, and Meliadine Gold Mine projects and is the monitoring officer for the Doris North Project. Outside of the office, Kelli sits on the Ikaluktutiak District Education Authority and volunteers with the Cambridge Bay Daycare Society as a Bingo caller whenever needed. When Kelli is not at the office, she is enjoying life in Nunavut with her family and getting out on the Nuna whenever she can.



Heather Rasmussen

Position: Technical Advisor
Phone: (867) 983-4606
Heather moved to Cambridge Bay in October, 2013 to join the NIRB as a Technical Advisor. She recently graduated with a Master of Environment degree in Environmental Assessment and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in English Literature. While Heather grew up in rural and northern Alberta and has travelled and lived throughout most of Canada, minus Labrador, she has called Montreal, Quebec her home for the last seven years. Heather looks forward to getting to know her colleagues and becoming an active part of the community and getting out on the land as much as possible. Heather is currently the Monitoring Officer for the Meadowbank Gold Mine project.



Jaida Ohokannoak

Position: Manager, Technical
Phone: (867) 983-4609
Jaida has lived in Cambridge Bay since 1996. She has a B.Sc in Physical Geography, minor in Environmental Toxicology focusing on Northern studies from Simon Fraser University. She enjoys being out on the land or traveling the world with her husband and young twins. She has just rejoined NIRB having worked for the Board on several occasions, and was one of the original employees that implemented the NIRB.



Jorgen Komak

Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: (867) 983-4613
Jorgen was born in the Umingmaktok area and moved to Cambridge Bay in 1969. Jorgen has worked for the NIRB since its inception and currently oversees the NIRB’s GIS functions, as well as its information systems and needs. He and his wife Eva have four children and they love to spend as much time on the land as they can.



Natasha Lear

Position: Environmental Administrator
Phone: (867) 983-4612
Natasha Ekalun was born and raised in Cambridge Bay. She is a mother to two boys. Natasha joined the NIRB in March of 2012 as the Environmental Administrator, having worked for the Kitikmeot Inuit Association as the Finance Officer.



Stephanie Taptuna

Position: Environmental Administrator
Phone: (867) 983-4610
Stephanie moved to Cambridge Bay in 1997 and has lived here since with her spouse Brian and children, Baeily, Sarah and son Jesse. Stephanie previously worked with the Nunavut Planning Commission and is currently working casually for Canadian North as a Customer Service Agent. She joined the Board as an Environmental Administrator in 2013.;