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.
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.
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.
BRYONY McINTYRE | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER/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 worked for the Yukon government in key management positions for over 27 years. Bryony worked in a variety of positions in the Lands Management Branch, Aboriginal Relations Branch and the Mineral Resources Branch.
These positions and duties have provided Bryony with experience 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. Since retiring from the Yukon government public service Bryony has worked with First Nations, Yukon and City of Whitehorse on specific policy contracts and projects relating to land and resource management. Bryony was also appointed to YESAB in 2017 as a regular board member until 2020, when she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board.
DENNIS NICLOUX | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER/BOARD MEMBERDennis Nicloux is a citizen of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. He was born and raised in Mayo, Yukon and has spent most of his life living and working in the community. Dennis has over 10 years of combined experience working in the energy and mining sectors; 9 years of experience serving his First Nation as an elected Council member on the First Nations governing Council; and, over 5 years of public administration experience in Yukon First Nation governments managing housing, lands and resource portfolios.
In his elected and management roles at the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun, Dennis participated in various intergovernmental forums and committees, contributed to numerous planning and negotiation processes, and several significant intergovernmental agreements. In addition to his government and private sector experience, Dennis has spent most of his life on the land, hunting, fishing and trapping and participating in traditional cultural activities. Dennis has been actively trapping in the Mayo region for most of his life.
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.
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 land 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 and has more recently completed a short course on the Principles of Hydrology.
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 a very diverse technical background and has participated in the preparation of Source Water Protection Plans assisted in the preparation, data collection and technical analysis of annual groundwater monitoring reports for oil and gas companies.
She enjoys the diverse nature of Yukon while camping, hiking and paddle boarding with her family. She is excited to apply her knowledge and experience to YESAB and the YESAA process.
MICHAEL WALTON | BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Michael Walton’s diverse work background includes natural resources management, economic development, environmental conservation and Indigenous relations. With over 35 years of experience addressing land use and conservation issues, Mike’s practical experiences on the front line as well as in senior management helped address complex social, economic and environmental issues.
Mike has worked for the forest industry in Ontario and Alberta, as well as for the federal, provincial, municipal and First Nation governments in Ontario, B.C and Yukon, addressing development, conservation and Indigenous relations. Mike also worked in the non-profit sector in Yukon and is presently an independent consultant based out of Whitehorse. Mike serves as an Adjunct Professor with Lakehead University.
Mike and his wife Sylvie are thrilled that their grown family have all returned to the Yukon and look forward to enjoying the outdoors with their grandchildren.
VACANT | BOARD MEMBER