Mackenzie Valley Review Board

Board member bios

Aboriginal land claim organizations nominate half of the board members, and the federal and territorial governments nominate the other half of the board members. The entire board nominates the Chairperson. As the federal minister responsible for the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development appoints all the members to the Review Board.

JoAnne Deneron, Chairperson

JoAnne Deneron, Chairperson

Ms. JoAnne Deneron was appointed as the Chairperson of the Review Board on March 29, 2014.

Originally born in the Yukon, Ms. Deneron is a member of the Tlingit First Nation.  She has lived in Fort Liard for the past 40 years and is an entrepreneur operating her family's successful retail outlet and motel. A community-minded leader, she has been a public figure in Fort Liard having been elected by residents to several positions ranging from Band Councilor to Mayor. She has also served the people of the Northwest Territories in a wide range of roles focusing her efforts on improving education, employment, health and social services, transportation, economic development and the environment.

Ms. Deneron continues to live in Fort Liard where she is an avid gardener who also enjoys traditional on the land activities with her five children and six grandchildren.

James Wah-Shee, Board member (Tlicho nominee)

James Wah-Shee, Board member (Tlicho nominee)

A long-time Northern leader, Mr. James Wah-Shee has been an active participant in the economic and political development of the Northwest Territories for more than forty years.

Mr. Wah-Shee has filled many roles during this time, all of them influential, including terms as President of the NWT Indian Brotherhood, Chair of the Federation of Natives North of Sixty, and Member of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly where he also served as Deputy Premier. Mr. Wah-Shee has executive business experience from his time as President of the Denedeh Development Corporation, and in addition to his Legislative Assembly terms, his experience in governance also comes from serving as the Self-government Negotiator for the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, now the Tlicho Government.

Mr. Wah-Shee is Past-president of the NWT Aboriginal Summit, and currently sits on the Board of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. Residing in Yellowknife, he is a Tlicho citizen and a respected Tlicho elder.

Kirby Marshall, Board member (GNWT nominee)

Kirby Marshall, Board member (GNWT nominee)

Mr. Kirby Marshall was appointed to the Review Board on April 1, 2014.

Mr. Marshall was born in Fort Smith and was raised there as well as Fort Providence. For over 35 years, he has worked in the private sector, mainly transportation and communications. In the last 18 years or so, he has been self-employed operating Information Technology companies with offices in Canada and the United States. He also does business services such as start-ups, capital acquisition, venture capital, business plans and property development. In his businesses, Mr. Marshall deals almost exclusively with First Nations and small businesses. His long-term and extensive relationship with First Nations, industry and the private sector gives him a solid foundation to build upon as a board-member.

Mr. Marshall has a Commerce Degree, Economics major, from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Marshall is a dedicated volunteer working to better the North and all its peoples. He is the Charter and Past-President of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife True North, currently sitting on its executive as the Foundation Chair. He is also an Officer of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem – a hospice and palliative care order dating back to 1098 A.D.

Mr. Marshall and his wife Janet, also a lifelong Northerner, have lived throughout the North (including Nunavut) and now live in Yellowknife.

Yvonne Doolittle, Board member (Sahtu nominee)

Yvonne Doolittle, Board member (Sahtu nominee)

Ms. Yvonne Doolittle was appointed to the Review Board on May 8, 2014.

Ms. Doolittle was born in Inuvik and raised in Norman Wells. She attended Samuel Hearne High School and Arctic College in Inuvik. She believes that knowledge and skill building is a life- long commitment so she is continuously studying and learning from others.

Ms. Doolittle began working building community capacity in the sport and recreation field in the 90's. Her leadership roles have ranged from local education authorities to national boards such as the Aboriginal Sport Circle of Canada. She started working for GNWT Department of Municipal and Community Affairs in 2001 in Inuvik and now leads the North Slave Regional Operations out of Yellowknife/ Behchoko office.

Ms. Doolittle is a proud Sahtu Dene woman and mother of four amazing children (Alyssa, Dwight, Will and Marie).  She currently resides in Yellowknife with her family. She travels home to the Sahtu throughout the year to reconnect with friends and family and for hunting and harvesting.

Bertha Norwegian, Board member (Dehcho nominee)

Bertha Norwegian, Board member (Dehcho nominee)

The Review Board would like to welcome its newest appointee, Ms. Bertha Norwegian. Ms. Norwegian is from Fort Simpson. She was appointed to the Review Board on October 28th, 2014. Ms. Norwegian was nominated by the Dehcho First Nation.

Prior to her retirement from the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), Ms. Norwegian worked as the Special Advisor to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women for 15 years and, subsequently, in Fort Simpson as the Associate Regional Director for the Dehcho. These positions gave her the opportunity to work with a number of boards and agencies at the territorial and federal levels of government, including: the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories, the Native Women's Association of the Northwest Territories, the Native Women's Association of Canada, and Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Groups.

In her time at the GNWT, Ms. Norwegian worked to establish committees to address issues of national and territorial concern, such as: the plight of Aboriginal women in Canada, homelessness, and family violence. Examples of these committees include: the NWT Family Violence Coalition Committee, the Federal Government Action Plan on Violence Against Women, the Government of Northwest Territories Social Envelope Ministerial Committee, Women in Non-traditional Trades and Occupations, Women's Health and Wellness, Gender Equality, Women's Economic Independence & Security.

Ms. Norwegian has served as a member of the Dehcho Executive Committee and was a Band Councilor of LiiDlii Koe First Nation (Fort Simpson). Consistent participation in these organizations and committees has provided Ms. Norwegian with a unique opportunity to learn different facets of social justice issues and the impact of practices and policies on societies at large.

Joe Handley, Board member (GNWT nominee)

Joe Handley, Board member (GNWT nominee)

Mr. Joe Handley was appointed to the Review Board on June 2nd, 2016.

Mr. Handley comes to the Board with a wealth of experience from his training and early career in Education, years of leadership in territorial government and public service, and continuing work and advisory roles in the Northwest Territories.

Following his studies in Education, Mr. Handley spent time teaching at universities at home and abroad, including a native education program at the University of Manitoba, training teachers to work in aboriginal and northern communities. Mr. Handley joined the Government of the NWT in 1985 and served as deputy minister in a number of portfolios including education, Renewable Resources, the NWT Housing Corporation, Transportation, and Resources, Wildlife, and Economic Development. In 1999, he was elected to the NWT Legislature and became Minister of Finance. During his time in the legislative assembly he took on roles as Chair of the Financial Management Board, Minister Responsible for the Workers Compensation Board, Minister of Transportation, and Minister Responsible for the NWT Power Corporation.  In 2003, Mr. Handley was re-elected to the Legislature and served a term as Premier of Northwest Territories.  Mr. Handley retired in 2007.

Since retiring, Mr. Handley continues to live and work in the Yellowknife community. He has advised on a number of northern government and business initiatives, including as chair of the panel responsible for the 2012 Economic Opportunities Strategy and consultant for the 2014 Transportation Strategy. Mr. Handley is a current board member of the Deton Cho Corporation and a dedicated volunteer with the Rotary Club in Yellowknife. Joe lives with his wife Theresa in Yellowknife.

Sunny Munroe, Board member (Federal nominee)

Sunny Munroe, Board member (Federal nominee)

The Mackenzie Valley Review Board members and staff welcome Ms. Sunny Munroe back to the Review Board, who was re-appointed on January 11, 2017 for a second term.

Ms. Munroe, nominated and appointed by the federal government, brings a thorough understanding of the regulatory process from her previous three-year appointment to the Board that ended September, 2015.

She lives in Yellowknife from where she has worked and travelled extensively throughout the north for more than two decades. For her work for the Board Ms. Munroe can draw on a wide range of northern knowledge and experience. She has worked as a journalist, editor, community relations consultant, business liaison and communications manager and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a Certificate in Public Consultation from the International Association of Public Participation and is a member of the Editors Association of Canada.

David Krutko, Board member (Gwich'in nominee)

David Krutko, Board member (Gwich'in nominee)

The Review Board welcomes its newest board member, Mr. David Krutko. He is a Gwich’in nominee and he was appointed on February 16, 2017. Mr. David Krutko comes to the Review Board with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

As a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Krutko was first elected in 1995 to the 13th Assembly, re-elected in 1999 to the 14th Assembly, was acclaimed to the 15th Assembly in 2003, and re-elected to the 16th Assembly in October, 2007. During his time at the Assembly, Mr. Krutko has served as: Chair and Member of a number of Standing and Special Committees; Deputy Speaker and Speaker of the Assembly; Minister responsible for the Workers’ Compensation Board and as the Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.

Mr Krutko has most recently (2012-2016) been a Board of Director for the Gwich'in Tribal Council and also serves currently on the Gwich'in Designated Organization. Mr. Krutko worked as a negotiator on the Dene Métis Land Claim Agreement and was a senior negotiator on the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Agreement and the Sahtu and Métis Comprehensive Land Agreement. He continues to work on the Gwich’in Self Government. Mr. Krutko has served as the vice president of the Métis Nation of the Northwest Territories, vice president of the Mackenzie Delta Tribal Council (now known as the Gwich'in Tribal Council), councilor with the Hamlet of Fort McPherson, director of the Mackenzie Delta-Beaufort Sea Regional Planning Commission, member of the Gwich'in Land and Water Board, member of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, director of the Métis Development Corporation and co-chair of the Northwest Territories Tourism Training Group. Mr. Krutko also worked in the oil and gas industry in the Beaufort Sea and in Norman Wells in the 70s and 80s.

Mr. Krutko has four children: Gordie, Laura, Joanne, and Michelle and he lives in Fort McPherson.