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Nunavut Economic Forum Selects New Board Members and Officers

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(May 4, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Members of the Nunavut Economic Forum (NEF) today wrapped up their first Annual General Meeting in Iqaluit. The meeting represented a major turning point for Nunavut’s economy as the more than 50 participants began the process of establishing and implementing priorities laid out in the Nunavut Economic Development Strategy.

Since the release of the territory’s first Economic Development Strategy in September 2003, the interim Board of Directors of the Nunavut Economic Forum has spent their time establishing the organization as a legal registered society. The AGM presented the interim Board with the opportunity to move forward by welcoming a total of 37 organizations into NEF’s membership and selecting a Board of Directors.

In accordance with NEF bylaws, members were divided into nine general categories. Members in each of these categories then selected a representative to sit on the Board. The new Board of Directors includes:

Monica Ell representing Inuit organizations
Alex Campbell representing the Government of Nunavut
Hagar Idlout-Sudlovenick representing the Government of Canada
Alex Taylor representing the Government of Canada
Doug Workman representing Labour
Tania Scott representing the Municipalities
Steve Cook representing the Chambers of Commerce
Pauloosie Keyootak representing the Sector representatives
George Bohlender representing Inuit Business and Development Organizations

The remaining Board member will be announced later this week, following a meeting of the Board scheduled to take Friday, May 7, 2004.

The new Board also took the opportunity to appoint their executive officers. Monica Ell will serve as President, George Bohlender will serve as Vice-President, Doug Workman will serve as Secretary and Tania Scott will serve as Treasurer.

To date, we have completed one leg of this important journey. It took three years to produce the Nunavut Economic Development Strategy, a task that was based on solid research beginning with the Conference Board study and in-depth community consultations, said President Ell. The work accomplished at the AGM represents the next step in this process, she said.