L to R: Édouard Bélanger (Wildlife Biologist), Amy Amos (Executive Director),
Cheryl Greenland (Office Manager), Sarah Lord (Fisheries and Forestry Biologist),
Janet Boxwell (Renewable Resources Manager), Kaytlin Cooper (Species at Risk Biologist).
Full Time/Permanent Staff
Executive Director - Amy Amos, B.Sc.
My role at the GRRB encompasses four broad areas: Personnel Management, Financial Administration, Board Administration and Liaison. I implement decisions made by the Board, ensure that GRRB
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. I maintain working relationships with co-management partners, Renewable Resource Councils, the Gwich’in Tribal Council, various government agencies and adjacent land claim organizations.
Personal biography: I am a Nihtat (Inuvik, Northwest Territories (NT)) Participant of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA). I am also a Status Indian registered under the Inuvik Native Band. My mother is Gwich’in (Kay and Stewart family) and my father is Scottish. I was born in Inuvik, NT and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my dad. I had an amazing upbringing, but always had a strong urge to reconnect with the north.
In Halifax, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University (2004) and researched shellfish for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (2000-2005). In January 2006, I moved back to Inuvik to work as a Biologist for the GRRB. I had the opportunity to work in all areas of the GRRB’s mandate (i.e. wildlife, fish and forest projects, education, traditional knowledge, as well as reviewing regulatory and research applications). In March 2009, I accepted the position of Executive Director with the GRRB. In this role, I have helped the board through two strategic planning periods, helped them secure additional core funding, maintain strong working relationships with our co-management partners and continue to offer a positive work environment for our staff.
In addition to my day job, I have volunteered as a Board Member on the Inuvik Youth Council, as a Vestry Member (and Treasurer) for the Anglican Church and as a Youth Advisor for the Gwich’in Council International to the Arctic Council of Canada. Since 2012, I serve as an elected member of the Nihtat Gwich’in Council, the organization responsible for representing the interests of the Nihtat Gwich’in of Inuvik under the GCLCA. Since 2015, I provide bookkeeping, payroll and administrative assistance to JLT Contracting Incorporated which manages the Inuvik Youth Group Home.
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 enjoy meeting people in the communities and assisting with the wildlife management issues that are of concern to the Gwich’in people.
Species at Risk Biologist - Kaytlin Cooper B.Sc.(hons), M.Sc., G.Cert.
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.
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.
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.
Technician - Jordan Norman-Goose
Responsibilities: My main priority 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 am Gwich’in. I was born and raised in Inuvik, NT. My parents are Lucy Norman and Johnny Goose. My mother is Gwich’in and my father is Inuvialuit. I graduated from the East 3 Secondary School here in Inuvik May 2016. After my high school graduation, I applied and was accepted for a two-year diploma program known as the Environment & Natural Resources Technology Program (ENRTP) here in Inuvik at the Aurora College. I graduated from that course along with my peers in June 2018. Through those two years in ENRTP, I have gained plenty of valuable knowledge on various types of things, such as the environment, ecosystems, plants, animals, traditional knowledge, scientific knowledge, academic studies and survival skills. Sticking to this course and the responsibilities it comes with really paid off and was well worth every minute!
Over the past three summers, I have worked with the GRRB as their Technician Trainee. I worked alongside biologists and helped coordinate youth throughout their projects and activities. Some days in the summer, the work would be either flying out to the Richardson Mountains with a helicopter or bushwhacking just outside of town. There are some days where you are also sitting in the office doing office work. This year I got promoted to Technician and will be with the GRRB until the end of March 2019.
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, B.C.