L to R: Amy Amos (Executive Director), Kristen Callaghan (Wildlife Biologist), Kris Maier (Fisheries Biologist), Cheryl Greenland (Office Manager), Janet Boxwell (Renewable Resources Manager), Natalka Melnycky (former Special Projects Biologist).
Full Time/Permanent Staff
Executive Director - Amy Amos, B.Sc.
I implement decisions made by the Board, ensure that the GRRB's
staff follow the Board's decision, oversee research, management
and education programs conducted or funded by the Board, prepare
the Board's budget and monitor its expenditures, supervise
office staff and prepare materials needed for Board meetings.
Personal biography: I am a participant in the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA). I was born in Inuvik, NT and raised in Halifax, NS. In Halifax, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University (October 2004) and I worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on invertebrate research, including population and genetic studies. In January 2006, I moved back to Inuvik to work as a biologist for the GRRB. Since moving here, I have worked on Traditional Knowledge studies, fisheries field research, management planning, community engagement and several educational activities. I have also represented the GRRB at public hearings and many other conferences and meetings on renewable resources. In March 2009, I accepted the position of Executive Director and have since been working on more management level activities.
Wildlife Biologist - Édouard Bélanger
Responsibilities: I coordinate and conduct research and management of birds and mammals in the GSA.
Personal biography: I grew up in Québec City and in Puvirnituq, an Inuit community in Nunavik. I spent my childhood playing in the tundra and boreal forest, going out on hunting, fishing and outdoor trips. I completed a Fish, Wildlife and Plants Technician degree in Québec City, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Université de Sherbrooke. During those years, I was lucky enough to work across Canada on several research projects. I worked with various species such as red squirrel, Canada lynx and hare in the Yukon, white-tailed deer, grouse and chipmunk in Québec, and hoary marmot and mountain goat in Alberta. I recently completed a Master’s degree at Université Laval, where I studied habitat selection, space use and demography of the Torngat mountains caribou in northern Québec and Labrador. I began working for the GRRB in June 2017. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the GRRB’s partners and the Gwich’in people and working on the amazing wildlife present in the GSA.
Renewable Resources Manager - Janet Boxwell, B.A.
Responsibilities: I review research and land use applications in the Gwich'in Settlement Area, liaise with the community Renewable Resource Councils and assist in the implementation of recommendations from the Gwich'in Harvest Study. My responsibilities also include the organization of public hearings and data management. I am a good person to contact if you have questions about renewable resource-related research in the Gwich’in Settlement Area.
Personal biography: I grew up in Ontario, New Brunswick and Vancouver Island, where I was introduced to a variety of natural environments through family vacations spent camping, canoeing and hiking.
I’ve always been fascinated by the complexity and diversity of both biological and physical natural systems. At Simon Fraser University, I couldn’t decide whether to major in biology or physical geography - so I did both! I was fortunate to assist with plant ecology field work across BC from the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Alberta border. I also learned much as a field assistant for geologists researching the geological record of tsunamis on the West Coast. However, despite the imminent prospect of the next ‘Big One’ and resulting tsunami, I was not deterred from spending 15 summers as a sea-kayak guide on the West Coast where I could introduce visitors to the environment that I love so much.
I accepted a term contract for 1 year with Parks Canada in Inuvik in 2008 and enjoyed the community and the country food so much I decided to stay! My career has been varied and includes terms as a college instructor in Outdoor Recreation and Physical Geography programs in North Vancouver and in the Natural Resources Technology Program at Aurora College in Inuvik.
I’m looking forward to meeting people in the communities and assisting with the wildlife management issues that are of concern to the Gwich’in people.
Wildlife Biologist - Kristen Callaghan, B.Sc., hons, M.Sc. Candidate
coordinate and conduct research and management of birds and mammals in the GSA.
Personal biography: I grew up in south-western Ontario, where childhood experiences of wildlife and natural habitats around my home and region were influential in directing my interests toward biology. During completion of my B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Windsor, I gained field experience with many bird and bat species found in Ontario and spent two enjoyable summers assisting in a study of small mammal diversity at Point Pelee National Park, as well as completing a project examining prey selection of Long-eared owls in the park. Since then, I have been involved with projects across the country on species such as elk, grizzly bear and Sprague’s pipits, among others. I have completed my course work and field work towards a Master of Science degree on big brown bat roosting associations at the University of Regina and am enjoying the diversity of experience and opportunity working as a biologist with the GRRB. I began working for the GRRB in February, 2008 and am currently working on wildlife management plans with our co-management partners and assisting in the wrap up of field activities related to the Richardson project on Dall’s sheep, grizzly bear and wolf interactions that is being overseen by Catherine Lambert-Koizumi from her new location in Edmonton.
Office Manager - Cheryl Greenland
Responsibilities: I provide financial and administrative support for the GRRB.
Personal biography: I was born and raised here in Inuvik. My parents are Alec and Elizabeth Greenland. I attended both the elementary and high school here and graduated from the Native Women's Training centre in 1992. I also attended Mount Royal College in Calgary for a year.
Over the years, I have worked with many of the Gwich'in organizations, as well as the GNWT, gaining a wide array of office experience.
I have always been interested in the environmental issues that are happening in the NWT and have been trying to educate myself in this area over the past few years.
As the Environmental Coordinator for the GTC's First Nations Forestry program, I trained Gwich'in Beneficiaries in Environmental Monitoring. I helped create the Environmental Monitors Manual, now the standard for this type of work.
As Environmental Coordinator/Finance Clerk with IMG Golder in Inuvik, I worked on projects such as Bathymetry, Aquatics, Vegetation, Wildlife, Pellets, Traditional History and Archeology. I trained outside of Calgary in Terrestrial Biosciences and Aquatics techniques.
I have held a few other positions in the finance world, but I have been here at the GRRB since February of 2009. I enjoy being out on the land as much as possible, when time permits. I am an avid curler and have enjoyed this sport for many years.
Fisheries & Forestry Biologist - Sarah Lord, B.Sc. (Hon), Ph.D. Candidate
Responsibilities: I coordinate and conduct research and management of fishes and forests in the GSA.
Personal biography:I grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where I spent my childhood playing hockey in the winters, hiking and camping with my family in the summers. During my B.Sc. at University of British Columbia, I worked for the Botany Department and the Forestry Department, doing field research on plant community ecology and population dynamics at field sites at Kluane Lake, on Vancouver Island, and in the Rocky Mountains. In my final year, I carried out an undergraduate research project on the genetics of alpine songbirds. For my doctoral research at the University of Alberta, I continued working in the mountains, investigating contaminant accumulation in Common Loons and the fishes they eat in boreal forest lakes all the way up into the subalpine lakes of Jasper and Banff National Parks in Alberta. For the past three years, I was the laboratory manager and field program co-ordinator for an Arctic fisheries research group at the University of Waterloo, studying Arctic Grayling in barrenlands streams. I started working for the GRRB in January 2017. I am excited to assist the co-management team in both fisheries and forestry management in the GSA.
Species at Risk Biologist - Kaytlin Cooper B.Sc.(hons), M.Sc., G.Cert.
(beginning January 5, 2015)
Responsibilities: I work with local communities, Renewable Resource Councils and the government (Federal and Territorial), assisting with the development of management plans and recovery strategies, and administering species at risk programs and research projects in the GSA. While my position is currently a term contract, the long term goal of the GRRB is to acquire funding to make the position permanent.
Personal biography: Growing up in the UK, I spent summers camping, enjoying the outdoors, and travelling Europe with my family. This fostered my love for nature and visiting new places.
I studied Applied Ecology (B.Sc.) and Habitat Creation and Management (M.Sc.) at Staffordshire University. After my second year, I spent the summer in Canada volunteering with EarthWatch studying coastal ecology, and explored Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Upon completion of university, I moved to the south of England where I worked as a park warden for the government, before moving to Vancouver where I volunteered at Stanley Park Ecology Society and Western Canada Wilderness Committee, and studied Environmental Impact Assessment. I returned to the UK for a few years and worked as a field ecologist for an environmental consultancy, before moving permanently to Canada, first living in Vancouver then Northern Ontario. I have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Practice: Natural Resources Management from Royal Roads University.
Technician Trainee - Jordan Norman-Goose (2017)
Responsibilities: My main priority as the GRRB's Technician Trainee is to assist the Biologists and staff with research and management projects in the office and the GSA. Other duties include assisting the RRCs with community-based research projects, addressing priorities established by the Board and conducting and assisting with research fieldwork. I will also be participating in educational projects and programs and helping to maintain an inventory of GRRB equipment.
Personal biography: I was born and raised in Inuvik. I graduated from the East Three Secondary School near the end of May 2016.
After I graduated, I applied for a two-year Environment & Natural Resources Technology Program (ENRTP) here in Inuvik. I completed the first year of this diploma program in June 2017. The first year of this course brought plenty of fun opportunities, along with a great workload. It was a tough, but awesome year. I have gained lots of knowledge with plants, animals, the environment, traditional knowledge and academic studies and have gained valuable skills. In the fall, I am returning to Aurora College to attend my second (last) year and complete the ENRTP diploma course. In the future, I plan to use the skills and knowledge I have learned and gained as I take the program to help future youth learn and gain experience on both traditional and scientific knowledge.
Summer Student - Joelle Charlie (2017)
Responsibilities: I assist the GRRB staff with research and management projects and regular office duties.
Personal biography: I was born in Inuvik and was raised here for most of my life. I’m currently finishing up high school at East Three Secondary School, and I’ll officially start my senior year this fall. I really enjoy anything that is associated with math and science, so I’m excited about getting the summer student position here at the GRRB. Since this is my very first time working at the GRRB, I’m looking forward to learning a bunch of new skills on the job, being able to witness some real-life applications that involve science while participating in field work, and completing all that database entering. I’m thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to work alongside some great people, and I want to learn as much as I possibly can by trying new things!
Webmaster - Chelsea Hermus
Responsibilities: I coordinate and update the GRRB website and assist the Executive Director with communications materials on an as-needed basis. I have also worked for the GRRB on a contract basis as a Fisheries Biologist and Communications Manager.
Personal biography: A paleontologist and Web designer born and raised in Alberta, I have a wide variety of interests and skills. My career path has taken me many places, including research, teaching, editing, writing, laboratory coordination and several incredible opportunities to work from remote Northern field camps. I enjoy any chance I get to work with fish, both career-wise and as a hobby.
I am currently living and working in Victoria, BC.