Lawrence Ignace

Interim Executive Director

Lawrence joined AICBR in November 2017 as Interim Executive Director and has worked in a range of areas such as contaminants, food security, traditional knowledge, climate change adaptation, and natural resource management over the last 24 years. Lawrence is a member of Lac Des Mille Lac First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and has lived in the Yukon for the last 10 years. 

Jody Butler Walker


Jody has been living and working in the Arctic for nearly 30 years. Jody’s involvement in varied research activities during this time, including contaminants and human health, Indigenous health and biological oceanography, has highlighted the essential role of community-based research in Canada’s Arctic. Jody co-founded AICBR with Norma Kassi in 2007, under the organization's former name, Arctic Health Research Network-YT and acted as Executive Director for ten years. 

Norma Kassi

Co-Founder & Director of Indigenous Collaboration

Co-founder of and Director of Indigenous Collaboration at AICBR, Norma has been working on issues related to contaminants, food security, climate change, wildlife protection, youth engagement and building community capacity for over 30 years. Norma is a Vuntut Gwitchin citizen of Old Crow, Yukon and carries vast experiences and Indigenous Knowledge that is reflected in her work with AICBR.

Molly Pratt

Communications & Research Officer

Molly joined AICBR in March 2016 and works on a variety of projects related to food security, healthy lifestyles, climate change adaptation, and youth engagement and mental health doing research, writing, curriculum development, event planning and coordination, including managing the website, promotions and social media for the Institute.