Our Team

The board is comprised of seven members – three members appointed by Makivik Corporation, one member appointed by the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, one member appointed by the Federal Minister of the Environment, one member appointed by the Government of Nunavut, and a chairperson, nominated by the board members and approved by the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The NMRWB head-office, where five full-time staff members are currently employed, was established in Inukjuak during the fall of 2009.


The Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board and Staff

The Board

Robert Moshenko

Vice-Chair and Department of Fisheries and Ocean Appointee

Robert Moshenko was appointed to the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board in 2011, re-appointed for another 4 years in 2015 and again re-appointed in 2019 by the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.  Robert began his career as a science school teacher before becoming a biologist employed first with the Manitoba Government and then with the Federal Department of Fisheries

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Sandy Akavak

Governement of Nunavut Appointee

Sandy Akavak was appointed to the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board in 2008 and has been Secretary of the Board since 2009. Sandy lives in Kimmirut, where he was also born and raised. In 1994, Sandy retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after serving as a special constable for 26 years. From 1999 – 2016, he worked rehabilitating, counselling

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Allen Gordon

Makivik Appointee

Allen Gordon was born in 1965 and is from the community of Kuujjuaq. He began his working career as a research student at the Makivik Corporation Research Center during his high school years. After high school, Allen was hired by Makivik as a wildlife technician for 5 years. The community members elected Allen as a Municipal Council member in 1994

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Harry Okpik

Makivik Appointee

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

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Dr. Jean-Pierre Savard

Environment and Climate Change Canada Appointee

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

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The Staff

Based in Inukjuak

Tommy was born in Moose Factory, Ontario in 1975. He grew up in the community of Inukjuak, previously known as Port Harrison. Tommy has acquired a Social Sciences Diploma at John Abbott College and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University. After returning from his studies in the south, Tommy worked in Economic Development at the Kativik Regional Government. Read More

Tommy PalliserExecutive Director
I have been with the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (NMRWB) for over four years as a Wildlife Biologist first, and then became the the Director of Wildlife Management from November 2015 to Fall 2019. I live in Inukjuak with my partner and young daughter and son. I was fortunate to work with Nunavik communities during my graduate studies, where Read More

Kaitlin Breton-HoneymanDirector of Wildlife Management 2015-2019
As the director of wildlife management with the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, I work on conservation and management policy on a wide diversity of species including shrimp, migratory birds, beluga, polar bears, and bowhead whales. My graduate work focused on the spatial ecology of a small population of caribou in southeastern Manitoba. Through this project I became aware of Read More

Mark BasterfieldDirector of Wildlife Management
I joined the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board team as a wildlife biologist in September 2017. I am working on management policies of various marine species with a focus on ringed seal and bowhead whale, as well as migratory birds and fisheries. As a graduate student, I worked on the impacts of changing sea ice conditions on the reproduction and Read More

Frankie Jean-GagnonWildlife Biologist
I grew up going to our family camp for 4 months every year as a child. I used to hunt and fish a lot with my father and loved it and now I work with the Inuit hunters and I’m still loving it. I work closely with Nunavik Anguvigaapiit (LNUKS) and Anguvigait (RNUKS). My Previous employment was at the Girls Read More

Annie Weetaluktuk RousseauWildlife Liason Officer
The Administrative Assistant provides essential administrative support to all of the other staff members, and is responsible for maintaining an organized and coordinated office. Read More

Elizabeth Laura KokkinerkAdministrative Assistant