Michael Schmidt

Chair

Michael has worked with the Arctic Institute of North America (University of Calgary) since 2014 as Science Coordinator for the Kluane Lake Research Station. Michael is a strong proponent of the use of both modern science and Indigenous Knowledge as well as developing research priorities and capacity that meet the needs of communities. 

David Hik

Director

David Hik is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health, at the University of Alberta. His research interests are focused on the ecology of tundra ecosystems in Arctic and mountain environments, social-ecological resilience, and the interface between science and policy.

Mary Jane Johnson

Director

Gudiya - Mary Jane is a Kluane First Nations citizen, an inspiring leader and community champion. She lives and works in Burwash Landing and contributes an objective perspective to several boards and committees while partaking in a community that actively practices their culture. 

Suzanne de la Barre

Director

Suzanne de la Barre joined the board in 2017. She teaches in the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management and the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management Program at Vancouver Island University (BC), and the University of the Arctic’s Masters in Northern Tourism. As a longtime Yukoner, she lives in Whitehorse and Nanaimo.