The Board

The Board is appointed under the auspices of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).

Among the Board, 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.

Appointments to the Board

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.

Members of the Board

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

Bruce is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Citizen and a member of the Crow clan. He is the son of Ben and Loretta Warnsby who mined in the Dawson area. Bruce attended the University of British Columbia and completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He then worked for 3 years in Final Agreement implementation negotiations  for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

Bruce later attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Bruce took part in the University of Victoria’s well regarded Environmental Law Centre program where he worked on client files. Bruce was a member of University of Victoria’s Award winning team at the 2013 Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot, and interned with the Maori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal in New Zealand.  Bruce articled with Yukon Government and Yukon Legal Services Society and was called to the Yukon Bar in 2016. Bruce currently works as a Criminal Defense lawyer in Whitehorse.

 

BRYONY McINTYRE | BOARD MEMBER

Bryony McIntyre is an experienced land and resource management professional who endorses sustainable and integrated development that respects the interests of the public and key participants in the process.  She is a long time Yukoner who along with her husband raised her family in Whitehorse.

She has spent the past 27 years working for the Yukon government in key management positions. Bryony worked in a variety of positions in the Lands Management Branch, Aboriginal Relations Branch and the Mineral Resources Branch.

Various positions and duties have provided Bryony with experience in working will all levels of governments (Federal, YG, First Nations and municipal), various Yukon Boards and Committees, key industry stakeholders, NGO’s and the public.  In 2016 Bryony retired from the Yukon government public service and has been working on specific policy contracts and projects with territorial and First Nation governments.

 

CARLENE HAJASH | BOARD MEMBER

Carlene is a Teslin Tlingit Council Citizen and a member of the Eagle clan. She has a strong connection to the Lands and Resources of Yukon and a passion for science and the environment. Carlene attended Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Environmental Chemistry.  After completing her bachelor degree she returned to Yukon and worked as an environmental consultant on a diverse range of projects.

Carlene has been the project manager for over 200 Environmental Site Assessments in Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has participated in the preparation of Well Head Screening reports for various Yukon First Nations and spent a year in Calgary, Alberta where she assisted in the preparation, data collection and technical analysis of annual groundwater monitoring reports for oil and gas.

She has now returned home to Yukon to raise her family and is excited to apply her knowledge and experience to the YESAA process.