Board Composition

GRRB Board Members 2024 L to R Ron Allen, Robert Charlie-Tetlitchi, Burt Hunt, Margaret Begg, Doug Doan, Roger Fraser

The GRRB consists of six members, six alternate members and a chairperson. Each Board member is nominated to serve a term of not more than five years and members can be reappointed. Persons serve on the Board through a nomination and appointment process set out by terms of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA 12.8.3):

Nominations
The Gwich’in Tribal Council acts on behalf of the Gwich’in to nominate persons to serve as Board members. Often the GTC nominations to the Board are persons of Gwich’in heritage.

Nominations on behalf of government are made by the Government of the Northwest Territories and by the Government of Canada.

The Board members themselves nominate their Chairperson and must select someone who is a resident of the Gwich’in Settlement Area.

Appointments
All nominations are sent to the Governor in Council and to the Executive Council of the Government of the Northwest Territories, who then jointly make the appointments of GRRB members as Governor in Council appointments. The GRRB describes itself as a co-management body because there is intentionally a balance of appointments from Gwich’in and government nominees: three members and three alternate members of the Board are appointed from nominations made by the Gwich’in and three members and three alternate members are appointed from nominations made by government. 

Decision Making
As a body and as individual Board members, the GRRB acts in the public interest independent of member nominating agency or department. Members are not considered to have a conflict of interest simply because they may be public servants or employees of Gwich’in organizations. Having a mix of member appointments from Gwich’in and government nominations provides the diversity and balance needed to allow the Board to make informed decisions.

Board STRUCTURE

GRRB CHAIRPERSON

Name

Expiry Date

Nominating Party

Robert Charlie-Tetlichi

September 14, 2027

GRRB

FULL MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

Name

Expiry Date

Nominating Party

Doug Doan

August 26, 2024

Federal – ECCC

Burt Hunt

August 26, 2024

Federal – DFO

Margaret Begg

September 24, 2028

GTC

Roger Fraser

June 22, 2027

GNWT

ALTERNATE MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

Name

Expiry Date

Nominating Party

Ron Allen

August 26, 2024

Federal – DFO

Myra Robertson

August 26, 2024

Federal – DFO

Ashley Ens

September 24, 2028

GTC

Lenora McLeod

February 28, 2029

GTC

Tracy Davison

May 17, 2027

GNWT

Board MEMBERS

GRRB Chairperson – Robert Charlie-Tetlichi

Robert Charlie-Tetlichi was born in Fort McPherson, raised by his parents John Alfred Tetlichi (originally from Old Crow) and Annabella Robert (from Fort McPherson). Robert attended Residential School in Fort McPherson (Fleming Hall) and Inuvik (Stringer Hall). Robert spent his summers at their summer fish camp at Road River, learning traditional skills and conversing mainly in the Gwich’in language. Upon graduation, Robert attended the Adult Vocational Training Center in Fort Smith, taking a course in Basic Electronics. He then joined CN Telecommunications (Northwestel) and worked there as an electronics technician.

Robert has been active as a Councillor for the Inuvik Native Band/Nihtat Gwich’in Council and a Director for the Gwich’in Tribal Council. Robert was the past GRRB Chairperson for over 15 years and was responsible for establishing the office in Inuvik. Robert is currently the Chief of the Inuvik Native Band. Robert would like to see our youth graduate from High School, pursue further studies at a post-secondary institution and return to work for our organizations. Youth should also learn their traditional cultural on-the-land skills. Robert looks forward to working with the Communities and Co-management partners on wildlife, fish and forest management.

Term expiry: September 14, 2027

Canada (ECCC) Full Board Member – Doug Doan

Doug DoanDoug was born in Churchill, Manitoba and grew up on military bases both in Canada and abroad. He moved to the Northwest Territories in 1987 and has since resided in Behchoko, Inuvik and Yellowknife. During his time in the north, Doug has worked for both the Federal and territorial governments and has been involved in economic development and resource management.

Now retired from government, Doug and his wife live in Yellowknife.

Term expiry: August 26, 2024

Canada (DFO) Full Board Member – Burt Hunt

Burt HuntBurt Hunt, recently retired to Olds, Alberta, was formerly the Regional Director of Fisheries Management for DFO’s Central and Arctic Region. He was, prior to that, DFO’s Director in each of its three northern Areas, having spent five years in each of Iqaluit, Whitehorse and Yellowknife. Burt also spent part of his working life in the private sector, notably as Petro-Canada’s manager of Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility. Burt now volunteers as chair of his town’s Municipal Planning Commission and as president of a group that provides horse riding opportunities for handicapped children and adults. He retains a keen interest in northern issues and in environmental issues particularly and is looking very forward to renewing acquaintances in the GSA and contributing to the excellent work of the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board.

Term expiry: June 26, 2024

GTC Full Board Member – Margaret Begg

Margaret Begg Term expiry: September 24, 2028

GNWT Full Board Member – Roger Fraser

Roger FraserRoger Fraser was born in Fort Smith and grew up in Yellowknife, where he raised six children and has two grandchildren. His mother is the late Mavis McLeod and his father is the late Peter Colin Fraser.  His grandparents on his mother’s side were Fred McLeod and Margaret Firth. Great grandparents were John Firth and Margaret Stewart. After high school, Roger spent the first 20 years working for Back Bay Welding in Yellowknife. Then he decided to further his education and obtained a diploma in Natural Resources from Arctic College. He was hired by the Federal Government as a Fishery Officer and a Forestry and Wildlife Officer for the Territorial government for 27 1/2 years (the last seven and a half years in management).  Roger retired a few years ago and started a small business. He has also volunteered for many years with different groups, including: Chair of the North Slave Housing Board, sits on the Aboriginal Advisory Board to the RCMP and Chair for the Yellowknife Gwich’in. Roger looks forward to serving on the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, using his knowledge from his many years as a Forestry/Wildlife Officer and a traditional hunter/trapper to help preserve the renewable resources for many generations to come.

Term expiry: June 22, 2027

Canada Alternate Board Member – Myra Robertson

Myra RobertsonMyra was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bird-watching with her father at a young age started a life-long passion for birds and other wildlife. She completed a B.Sc. in ecology at the University of Manitoba and a M.Sc. in bird ecology at the University of Calgary. In 1995, she moved north to Yellowknife. Since 1996, she has worked for Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment & Climate Change Canada) in the Yellowknife office on various issues including waterfowl management, environmental assessment and Species at Risk. She is currently the Head of the Wildlife Assessment Section for the Northern Region, Canadian Wildlife Service. She enjoys spending time on the land, especially at her cabin as well as boating and fishing with her family.

Term expiry: June 26, 2024

Canada Alternate Board Member – Ron Allen

Ron AllenRon currently resides in Yellowknife, having previously lived in a variety of arctic communities (including Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik) since the 1970s. He started his career as a Wildlife Research Biologist in Ontario and moved to the arctic as a Renewable Resources Officer for five years with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Following that, Ron worked in the arctic for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a variety of roles (Fishery Officer, Area Manager, Habitat Coordinator, Area Director and Director, Regional Staffing Team). He retired from DFO in 2008.

Since then, Ron has been working in the private sector as a consultant/contractor doing program reviews, staffing, occasional biological field work for GNWT, teaching Canadian Firearms Safety Courses, seasonal equipment operation and maintenance for a lodge, etc. His hobbies tend to be hunting and fishing related and he likes to be “on the land” frequently.

Term expiry: June 26, 2024

GNWT Former Full Board Member – Elizabeth Hansen

Elizabeth HansenThe Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board regrets the passing of one of our most valuable Board Members on August 29, 2011.

Liz was a Gwich’in participant and a retired teacher of 33 years. She had been a Board Member since May 2001. She also dedicated her time to various traditional knowledge projects, including the Khaii Luk (Travaillant Lake traditional fishing knowledge) Study.