There are seven members of the Board appointed under the auspices of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).
Of the seven Board Members, the Chair of the Board and two Board members form the Executive Committee, which has a number of responsibilities under the Act. The Board is appointed by the federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs after seeking the views of the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Prior to the appointments, nominations to the Board are made as specified in the legislation (YESAA).
One member of the Executive Committee is nominated by the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and one member is nominated by the territorial government. The third member of the Executive Committee, the Chair, is appointed after the federal minister consults with the other two Executive Committee members.
Of the four remaining Board members, two are nominated by CYFN, one is nominated by the territorial government and the fourth is a direct appointment by the federal minister.
WENDY RANDALL | CHAIR OF THE BOARD / EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Wendy Randall was born and raised in Whitehorse, where she also raised her family. She has worked extensively with First Nations, federal and territorial governments as well as private industry in and outside of Yukon.
Wendy held the position of Executive Director for the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) from 2005-2010. She helped build the organization from the initial implementation of the act and lead YESAB into full operation. From 2008-2010, Wendy acted as a board representative for the 5-year Review of the YESAA legislation.
Since leaving YESAB in 2010, Wendy formed Randall Environmental Consulting and has provided advice and consulting services related to environmental and socio-economic assessment and regulatory processes throughout Northern Canada and British Columbia. She has a keen interest in responsible development and has enjoyed a wide ranging career related to environmental and social responsibility.
DAVE KEENAN | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER/BOARD MEMBER
Dave was born and raised in Yukon. In 1984, on behalf of the Teslin Indian Band, Dave negotiated a specific claim with the federal government of Canada. He was elected Chief In 1988 of the Teslin Tlingit Council and was a principal negotiator during the Land claim and Self Government negotiation process.In 1996, along with the Clan Leader, Dave was a signatory to the Land Claim and Self Government agreements between the governments of Canada and the Yukon Territory on behalf of the Teslin Tlingit Council. He was also elected to represent the riding of Southern Lakes as MLA the same year and served as a cabinet minister.
In 2004 he was a principal in “Tundra Environmental Solutions” providing winter trail construction and expediting services to the mining sector. The following year, he formed his own company providing excavation and trenching services in the construction sector.
In 2010, Dave and his wife, Marianne Keenan, formed “Timberline Mining & Resource Developments Inc.” providing services to First Nations and the resource sector.
He was originally appointed to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board in 2005, YESAB’s first year of operation, and in 2011 he was appointed as an Executive Committee member.
DALE EFTODA | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER/BOARD MEMBER
This will be Dale’s second tenure on the YESAB as an Executive Committee member, the first appointment was as the YESAB Chair and Executive member from 2004 – 2007, to build the organization from initial implementation of the act and moving forward into full operation.
Dale moved with his family from South East B.C. to Whitehorse in the mid 1960’s, finishing his secondary education in Yukon and attending UBC for post secondary education in Biology, specializing in wildlife and wildlife habitat studies.
He was hired by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in 1980 as the Grand Prairie, Alberta, Area Manager, then in 1985 moved back to Yukon to establish a DUC presence here. He worked with all levels of the Territorial and Federal governments, as well as Yukon First Nations, stakeholders, and the public, in identifying key wetland habitat. He was also a Yukon Water Board member for 13 years, eventually becoming the Chair.
In 2000, he was elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly, representing Riverdale North, and was Minister of Environment, Education, Public Service Commission and Tourism.
From 2008 to 2016, he worked under contract for Yukon Government, Energy Mines and Resources (EMR) as a Project Coordinator. This position established by EMR was to provide direct assistance to proponents in becoming familiar with the current environmental assessment and regulatory processes in Yukon. As Project Coordinator, Dale facilitated proponent engagement with various YG Ministers and officials, the Water Board and YESAB.
KIRK CAMERON | BOARD MEMBER
Kirk Cameron was born and raised in Whitehorse Yukon, and has lived and worked most of his life in the North. He has worked on such projects as the creation of Nunavut, Yukon Devolution and Land Claims and Self-government. In 1999-2000 he was a federal negotiator for the implementation of the Chapter 12 Land Claims commitment, the establishment of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment process. He ended his public service career in 2002 as Deputy Minister of the Executive Council Office and Cabinet Secretary with the Yukon Government. From 2011 to 2015, Kirk served as a Whitehorse City Councillor.
Kirk feels privileged to have worked closely with a number of Yukon First Nations on their governance models and constitutions, and has been asked to Chair a number of First Nation General Assemblies throughout Yukon. Today, he is the President of northSense management consulting, and the northern Business Development Lead for the engineering firm, CH2M HILL.
In addition to these roles, Kirk is a sessional instructor at Yukon College teaching the Yukon First Nations Leadership Training Program. He has also designed and taught a number of two-day workshops at the College on topics such as policy development, strategic planning, intergovernmental relations, land claims and self-government and introduction to First Nations governance.
BRUCE WARNSBY | BOARD MEMBER
Bio to come.
VACANT | BOARD MEMBER
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