Keren Tang is a health and wellness promoter. She graduated from the School of Public Health with a Master's of Science in Health Promotion in 2014. For her research, Keren worked with two Dene First Nations communities of Ndilo and Dettah in the Northwest Territories and explored youth’s perspectives of physical activity. These conversations helped to mobilize the communities and identified directions for local programming.
In her professional life, she has also been a teacher, a community organizer, a researcher, and a policy adviser in the Ministries of Health and Status of Women. Currently, she works at the City of Edmonton on a project called RECOVER to improve urban wellness in the city's core neighbourhoods. Keren has spent most of her career working with diverse people including Indigenous and newcomer immigrant communities. She currently serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society. She has in the past served locally as the Chair of the board of the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, which connects immigrant and ethnocultural communities with their city, and nationally as the Chair of the board of Girls Action Foundation, which supports girls and young women in Canada as agents of social change in their communities. Recognizing the importance of having a voice at the table when it comes to impacting public health policies, Keren ran in the 2017 municipal election as a candidate for Edmonton City Council.
Dr. Janet King has been leading the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency as its President since 2 July 2014.
Prior to her appointment to CanNor, she held the positions of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Northern Affairs Organization at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada where she led the work on the establishment of the High Arctic Research Station, and the devolution of northern governance, among other northern files; and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Strategic Direction at Western Economic Diversification Canada. Since joining the federal public service in 1995, Janet has worked at Natural Resources Canada as a research scientist, in senior management roles in the Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, and in several sector development branches (Life Sciences, Service Industries and Consumer Products with the Industry Sector) at Industry Canada.mJanet was appointed to the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada in June 2015. Janet has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Science degree and PhD from Queen's University, all in the field of Geology.
Bill Ashton contributes to local and regional development agencies, including Westman Community Futures board and the Manitoba Minister’s Immigration Council. In his recent doctoral research he gained insight about developing policy from influential policy makers across Canada in government, businesses, and environmental organizations. Over his career, he has directed the development and delivery of transforming leadership programs for professionals. His applied research on rural issues has contributed to self-directed information guides on such diverse topics as watershed management with the United Nations University, housing needs analysis, crime prevention, and community economic development. A hallmark of Bill Ashton’s practice is the consistent engagement with those facing the issue and those implementing the response. He has taught and completed a variety of research projects at Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick. His career in local, regional and provincial governments and his own entrepreneurial activities have taken him from Newfoundland to British Columbia and to the Yukon. To build knowledge, Bill has published peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, magazine stories, manuscripts, and reports on many important social, economic, and environmental issues facing rural and northern communities and regions in Canada.
Dr. Elijah Zimmerman is an administrator and educator with expertise in communication and systems thinking. He received his doctorate in communication studies at Southern Illinois University in 2007 with a focus on performance and culture. His research focuses on creative, qualitative methodologies and performances of identity. He holds 15 years of experience teaching at the university level, most notably at the University of Waterloo where he taught courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, leadership, and performance. Elijah was commissioned as an officer with the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000 and served in leadership roles within logistics and communication for eight years. He is currently the executive director at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, supporting research and education to understand and sustain the North.
Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson, is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations University of Saskatchewan. She is a kalaaleq – an Inuk born and grown in Greenland. Since moving to Canada, Karla undertook Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in her third language (English) through the University of Saskatchewan. Her Master’s work was based in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Her Doctoral studies at University of Aberdeen in Scotland involved studying gender relations in post-colonial Greenland Inuit community. Since then she has published a book titled Inherit my Heaven (2011), a number of articles and book chapters, and has edited the Journal of Indigenous Studies. Karla was Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, as the first female Executive Director since its inception in 1945. She chairs the University of Saskatchewan’s Northern Studies Training program, and initiated Beadwork Group, which looks for ways to further Indigenous education. She is also a published poet both in kalaallisut and in English.