(April 14, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak today announced that Joe Adla Kunuk was hired as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Kaludjak made the announcement following an NTI Board of Directors’ teleconference held earlier today.
On behalf of the NTI Board, I can say that NTI is pleased to have Joe Adla Kunuk join our team as CEO. Having previously served as NTI’s CEO in 2000-2001, and as NTI’s Chief Negotiator and a member of the Nunavut Implementation Panel, Mr. Kunuk brings to our organization very valuable land claims expertise and experience, said Kaludjak.
A total of 14 qualified people applied for the CEO position. Kaludjak said the Board appreciated the high level of interest in the organization, adding that the selection process and the final decision were difficult.
Kunuk will begin work at NTI on May 9, 2005. Current CEO John Lamb, who held the position of CEO since 2001, will stay on at NTI as Senior Advisor to the CEO for a brief period of time.
While the NTI Board sincerely appreciates Mr. Lamb’s hard work and commitment, we always intended to have an Inuktitut-speaking CEO lead our organization. That time is now upon us, said Kaludjak. We know this decision will allow NTI to communicate more effectively with the Beneficiaries we serve, and Mr. Kunuk will play a key role as we strive to become more connected with our Beneficiaries.
Kaludjak took the opportunity to reassure Beneficiaries, Inuit organizations and government that there will be continuity at NTI during the CEO transition period. He also thanked the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut for assisting in the CEO selection process.
A lifelong resident of Iqaluit, Kunuk currently owns Ayaya Communications, and has served as the Mayor of Iqaluit and as a Deputy Minister with the Office of the Interim Commissioner and the Government of Nunavut.
For further information:
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337
Executive Assistant to the President