Board of Directors

Ken Smith | Grand Chief

Kenny was raised in Inuvik and Teetl’it Zheh (Fort McPherson). His mother is Ellen Smith and his grandparents were Peter and Mary Kyikavichik (Kay) of Teetl’it Zheh. One of Kenny’s great grandparents was Chief Johnny Kyikavichik (Kay) who was a signatory to Treaty 11 for the Gwich’in (Loucheux). He spent a good part of his youth at the Kay family fishing camp at Rotten Eye which is located on the Husky Channel just down river from Teetl’it Zheh.

 

Kenny was most recently the Manager of Corporate Affairs for the global mining company, BHP, in Saskatoon. He worked for BHP for almost 9 years in the roles of Community Manager and Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Economic Development for the Jansen Potash Project in Saskatchewan. Prior to BHP, Kenny worked for De Beers Canada in Yellowknife for almost 7 years in Manager and Superintendent roles for the Snap Lake and Gahcho Kue Diamond Mines. He has been a Director for the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce and Northern Aboriginal Business Association and has also participated on the Indigenous Affairs Committee for the Mining Association of Canada.

 

Kenny is a member of the Tetlit Gwich’in First Nation (Fort McPherson) and has served on the Gwich’in Settlement Corporation for 4 years between 2016 and 2020 in the roles of Chair and Vice Chair. He holds a Bachelor of Management (Accounting/Finance) from the University of Lethbridge. Kenny currently resides in Inuvik and is married to his wife Tara, has three children – Alexander, Madison and Riley, and is a Jijii (Grandfather) to three grandchildren – Everett, Jonah and Stellan. He enjoys traveling, watching hockey, playing music and golf.

Phone:
777 - 7900
Email:
Ken.Smith@gwichintribal.ca

Kristine McLeod | Deputy Chief

Kristine McLeod was raised in Inuvik, NT by parents Sandra and “Happy” (Vern) McLeod, she is the granddaughter of Sarah McLeod-Firth (nee Modeste) originally from Tsiigehtchic and the late Bill (William) McLeod. Her great-grandparents (paternal) are Mary Modeste (nee Etue) and Simon Modeste of the Tsiigehtchic/Delta region.

 

Upon graduating from Samuel Hearne Secondary School (SHSS) in 2001, she moved south to pursue her post-secondary schooling in Commerce and Financial Accounting. In 2009 she moved to Yellowknife, NT where she worked for the GNWT Department of Finance and Department of Infrastructure for a combined total of 10 years, most recently as Finance’s Manager of Financial Planning & Budgeting before being elected as GTC Deputy Grand Chief.

 

Kristine’s commitment to the Gwich’in Nation started at a young age; from her time served as President of the Nihtat Youth Council in her early teens, to her most recent roles as Vice Chair of the Izhii K’aiik’it Tat Gwich’in Society (Yellowknife Gwich’in Society) from 2011-2020 and as Vice Chair of the Gwich’in Settlement Corporation (GSC) from 2016-2019 and as Chair of the GSC in 2020. When asked about her experience, Kristine has said: “I have always felt a strong connection and desire to work hard for our Nation, and have spent the last 20 years immersing myself in key areas that would enable me to do this.”

 

In July 2020, Kristine ran for GTC Deputy Grand Chief because she decided it was time for her to move back to the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA) and put her financial, management, and leadership skills to use for the benefit of the Gwich’in Nation. Kristine believes "...that Gwich’in should think big and follow our dreams. If we create educational opportunities for our people, grow our businesses and economic strengths, and nurture our language and culture, we can take our rightful place leading the future of the North.”

Phone:
777 - 7900
Email:
Kristine.McLeod@gwichintribal.ca

Leslie P. Blake | Director, Tetlit Gwich’in Council (Fort McPherson)

Email: leslie.blake@gwichin.nt.ca

Douglas Wilson Sr. | Director, Tetlit Gwich’in Council (Fort McPherson)

Email: douglas.wilson@gwichin.nt.ca

Danny Greenland | Director, Ehdiitat Gwich’in Council (Aklavik)

Email: Danny.Greenland@gwichintribal.ca

Michael Greenland | Director, Ehdiitat Gwich’in Council (Aklavik)

Email: Michael.Greenland@gwichintribal.ca

Mavis Clark | Director, Gwichya Gwich’in Council (Tsiigehtchic)

Email: mavis.clark@gwichintribal.ca

Barry Greenland | Director, Nihtat Gwich’in Council (Inuvik)

Email: bgreenland@gwichin.nt.ca

Julie Ann Andre | Director, Gwichya Gwich’in Council (Tsiigehtchic)

Email: Julie.Andre@gwichintribal.ca

Robert Charlie | Director, Nihtat Gwich’in Council (Inuvik)

Email: Robert.Charlie@gwichintribal.ca

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