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.

YESAB’s Governance Framework outlines the roles, responsibilities and relationships between the Board, Executive Committee, Panels of the Board, management and administration as well as a process for priority setting within the organization.

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

LAURA CABOTT | CHAIR OF THE BOARD / EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Laura Cabott has lived and worked in Yukon as a lawyer, wilderness guide and member of several national boards for over 28 years. She has travelled extensively across the North, representing First Nation people and governments.

Laura brings a tremendous amount of experience facilitating workshops in numerous Arctic communities. Her experience includes assessing applications or complaints, conducting hearings and writing decisions. She is intimately familiar with northern, environmental and First Nation issues.

“I run efficient and effective gatherings, ensuring opportunities for everyone to have a voice. I am good at seeing the ‘big picture’, and what truly matters, but I am also able to dig into the weeds when necessary. I am fair, open minded and pragmatic. I aim to work well with industry, government and First Nations experts to build consensus and find solutions.”

Laura’s career includes serving as lead negotiator for Yukon Government during the transfer of the Faro Mine site to Government of Canada and serving as Managing Partner of Cabott & Cabott, Barristers with offices in Whitehorse and Vancouver. Her work specialized in representing over a thousand First Nation residential school claimants in British Columbia, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon from 2003 to present. Laura continues her involvement in the implementation of the National Agreement.

Laura currently serves as a Councillor with the City of Whitehorse, as well as a Director with the Selkirk Development Corporation. She also sits as a Director with the Lawyers Financial-Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA) and Equal Voice-Yukon Steering Committee. Laura also serves as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors; Vice-Chair of the Whitehorse Food Bank and serves as a Member of the Discipline Committee, Law Society of Yukon. She is also a filmmaker: North Boys; The Story of Jimmy and Charlie (2011), an Indian Residential School documentary.

Her interests include politics, hiking, canoeing, hunting and flying.

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.

LAWRENCE JOE | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER/BOARD MEMBER

Lawrence Joe was born and raised in Yukon and belongs to the Crow Clan of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. He has participated as a board member on a number of co-management and cooperative management processes in Yukon, British Columbia and at the national level.Lawrence worked as a journeyman electrician throughout Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta on industrial and commercial installations before obtaining a Renewable Resource Management diploma.

Since that time he has worked in the area of resource management in a number of capacities related to fisheries, wildlife and parks. Lawrence has worked for the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations as an Executive Director and Councillor, British Columbia Claim Negotiator, Community and Lands Negotiator, a Resource Planner and has been responsible for Lands and Resources, Heritage, Economic Development and Education departments.

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.

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 the 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.

STANLEY NJOOTLI Sr | BOARD MEMBER

Stanley Njootli Sr. resides in Old Crow, Yukon and is a member of the Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation. In 2015, Mr. Njootli was the Deputy Chief for the Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation and spoke before the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee in relation to YESAA and Bill S-6.  He is an active member of his community and spends a significant amount of time on the land in Canada’s far north.