Tuesday July 4, 2017 – Montreal, Quebec – Nuvviti Development Corporation held its first Board of Directors meeting in Montreal on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Mr. Tommy Palliser was named the new Chairman of Nuvviti Development Corporation during the meeting.
“On behalf of the members of the Board of Nuvviti Development Corporation it is a great honour to be selected to be the first Chairman of Makivvik’s new development company,” said Mr. Palliser. “We have had a very productive two days here in Montreal. We have selected members of the Board for Makivvik’s other subsidiary companies, as well as our fisheries, renewable energy, and marine transport joint ventures. We are also pleased to announce the Chairmen of our two airlines, selected by the new Boards of Air Inuit and First Air.”
Air Inuit Ltd.
Chairman of the Board – Noah Tayara
Chairman of the Board – Johnny Adams
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Mr. Cameron is the former Mayor and Municipal Councillor of the Northern Village of Salluit, former Executive member of the Kativik Regional Government and the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau. Currently Mr. Cameron is the Uumajuit Warden/Coordinator with the Kativik Regional Government Renewable Resources Department; volunteer Fire Chief and First Responder in Salluit.
Mr. Palliser has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University. He is currently Executive Director of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board. Previously Mr. Palliser served as a Business Services Advisor with the Kativik Regional Government from 2002-2016 providing planning and support to small businesses throughout Nunavik.
Mr. Duncan is a well-established entrepreneur and business owner in Nunavik for over thirty years. Mr. Duncan was the first to bring television broadcasting and digital broadcasting to Nunavik. He has sat on the Boards of Directors of APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), Kativik Regional Development Council, amongst others. Sammy Duncan is the first Inuk to be recognized by the Governor General of Canada as a native role model.
Ms. McKenzie is a graduate of Dalhousie University currently undertaking a one-year Fellowship at Harvard University. She is Principal of McKenzie Strategies, a management consulting firm focussed on business development and strategy. From 2004-2013 Michele McKenzie served as CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission. Previously she was Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism Culture and Heritage.
Mr. Roussel is a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers. He is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience with manufacturing organizations including Rio Tinto, Alcan and Glencore. Mr. Roussel’s previous Board experience includes the Caisse Desjardins Vieux Moulin, Sural Group, and Alliance Magnesium.
Mr. Dee is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He provides strategic consulting services for clients in the finance, natural resources and international development sectors of the US and Canada. Mr. Dee spent 15 years to the fall of 2012 with Air Canada where he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously he held several senior positions with the Government of Canada including in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Air Inuit Limited
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From 1964 to 1976 Johnny May served as a pilot for St. Felicien Air Service and Wheeler Airlines. In 1974 Johnny May started the air service which bears his name, and which he sold in 1988 to Air Inuit. Since 1992, Johnny May continues to be the Operations Manager and Chief Pilot of Johnny May’s Air Charters. Mr. May has been a member of the Air Inuit Board of Directors since 2000.
Mr. Tayara has been a member of the Makivvik Board of Directors representing the community of Salluit from 2005 to 2017, and a member of the Board of Directors of Air Inuit since 2009. Noah Tayara is currently the General Manager of the Qaqqalik Landholding Corporation of Salluit, which through a number of subsidiaries provides services to Glencore and Canadian Nickel at their mine sites in Nunavik.
Mr. Padlayat is currently Vice-President of the Kativik Regional Health Board; Executive Board member of the Avataq Cultural Institute; and Chairman appointed by the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to the Nunavik Regional Wildlife Board. Josepi Padlayat was a founding member and sole owner of Transport Katinniq Inc. and Transport Padlayat Inc., which provided trucking services at both the Glencore and Canadian Nickel mine sites. Both companies were sold in 2016.
Mr. Haw is a professional engineer and Executive Lead for the Strategy and Governance practice at Business Sherpa Group. He has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and investment roles in the technology and not-for-profit sectors. Claude Haw currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Dragonwave and Signority, as well as a Director at Portia International and Public Services Health and Safety Association.
Mr. Nice is currently the President of Consilium Technica Inc., a privately owned consulting company focused on governance, risk management, quality and efficiency in the airline industry. From 2000-2008, he founded and served as Chair and CEO of ExelTech Aerospace. Previously Derek Nice was the Chief Operating Officer of Inter Canadian Airlines Inc.
Mr. Brotto has a Bachelor of Science Mathematics and MBA from McGill University. From 1972 – 2005, he served in various senior positions at Air Canada including Executive Vice President Planning and Cost Management; President and CEO of Air Canada Vacations; and CEO of Canadian Airlines International. Mr. Brotto’s previous Board and Audit Committee experience includes Air BC, Air Canada Vacations, and NavCanada.
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Mr. Epoo is a former Board member and Treasurer of Makivvik. During his term as Board member he served on a number of the Makivvik subsidiary Boards. Jobie Epoo is also a former mayor of Inukjuak and former member of the executive council of the Kativik Regional Government. He has owned and operated a number of businesses over the years and currently actively manages a construction camp business in Inukjuak.
Charlie T. Watt
Mr. Watt studied commerce at John Abbott College majoring in business. He is a successful entrepreneur and businessman, with interests in a number of companies servicing the mining industry in Nunavik, including Avataa Explorations & Logistics; Avataani Environmental; and Avataa Drilling. Mr. Watt’s previous Board experience includes the National Youth Business Advisory Committee; Nayumivik Landholding Corporation; Kativik School Board; and the Nunavik Hunting Fishing and Trapping Association.
Mr. Adams is a pilot and successful businessman. He was the Chairman of the Kativik Regional Government from 1998 to 2005. Johnny Adams previously served as the mayor, and is Municipal Councillor of the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq. He has interests in and holds senior officer positions in a number of companies including Promec-Nunavik Inc.; Silak Adventures Innukopteres; and Laval Fortin Adams. Mr. Adams has been a member of the Board of Directors of First Air since 2006.
Ms. McLeod has a law degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen’s University. She has over 23 years in-house legal experience in regulated and deregulated companies, and is proficient in corporate/commercial, and securities law. Patricia McLeod was appointed Queen’s Council in 2014. Ms. McLeod has significant previous Board experience including as Chairperson of the Calgary Cooperative Association and Alberta Innovates.
Kim Trang Hoang
Ms. Trang Hoang is a Chartered Professional Accountant CPA CA, having graduated from Concordia and Université du Québec à Montréal. She brings more than 27 years of experience in the accounting, auditing and management of various organizations. As Audit Director at Price Waterhouse, Kim Trang Hoang has significant experience with numerous Cree and Inuit entities as well as non-native businesses.
Mr. Baydala is a CPA CA having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of BC. He has over 20 years airline industry experience with Canadian Airlines, Air BC and West Coast Air. Allan Baydala founded West Coast Air and acquired the Twin Otter assets of Air BC in 1995. In 2005 he joined the North Fraser Port Authority as CEO. In 2008 Mr. Baydala assumed the position of CFO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.