Jean-Pierre Savard was appointed to the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board in 2013 for a four-year term. He was born in Lévis, Québec and holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Laval University, a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Toronto and a PHD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Jean-Pierre began working as a Biologist in 1977 at the Canadian Wildlife Service. He has worked at Environment Canada since 1992 when he became a Research Scientist for the Quebec Region. In 2012, he was became a Scientist Emeritus. Jean-Pierre has extensive expertise in ornithology and has taught and published on many different species of birds. He has also sat on numerous committees relating to the recovery of endangered bird species. His hobbies include volley-ball, walking and, of course, bird-watching.
Harry Okpik was born in the community of Quaqtaq in 1954. He has a strong background in translations, working for the Makivik Corporation during the implementation of the JBNQA. He has also worked as the boat captain of the community starting in 1994. Harry owns a dog team and has participated in numerous regional Ivakkak dog sled races over the years, and is recognized as one of the most dedicated dog team owners in Nunavik. A documentary film has been made in his name called Okpik’s Dream, that documents his numerous Ivakkak races and his passion for his dog team. Harry presently is the Kativik Regional Government Umajuit Warden for the community in Quaqtaq, ensuring all sport hunters and fishermen follow the applicable wildlife regulations in the region.