The KEAC is a tripartite body composed of nine members: three appointed by the Kativik Regional Government, three by the Government of Québec and three by the Government of Canada. These members may be replaced from time to time at the discretion of the appointing party. Each member has one vote, subject to paragraph 23.5.4 of the JBNQA that specifies the type of participation for matters of exclusive provincial, exclusive federal or mixed jurisdiction.

Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee Rules of Internal Management

Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Appointed for one-year terms, the Chairperson carries out his duties from April 1 through to March 31, in accordance with paragraph 23.5.5 of the JBNQA. In 2018-2019, the Chairperson is Alexandre-Guy Côté, appointed by the Government of Canada.


The Executive Secretary is responsible for managing the KEAC secretariat under the supervision of the organization’s members. The Executive Secretary keeps the official record of the KEAC’s decisions and documents; plans the organization’s meetings and ensures follow-up; drafts official correspondence, briefs, position papers and the annual report. By staying informed of developments concerning the natural and social environments and maintaining close contact with the residents of the region, the Executive Secretary allows the KEAC to play a larger role in various regional files and fosters its representation at meetings, workshops and conferences in Nunavik.

The environmental analyst is responsible for reviewing the organization’s priority environmental topics based on a comprehensive, preventive and proactive approach. Pursuant to the region’s environmental and social protection regime, the analyst studies policies, legislation and regulations as well as the implementation of environmental measures with impacts on the region. She maintains close ties and liaises between the KEAC and regional, provincial and federal stakeholders. The analyst participates in meetings, workshops and conferences related to the KEAC mandate. The environmental analyst also provides technical assistance to the Chairperson, the other members and the Executive Secretary of the KEAC to help them fulfil their duties.


KEAC members hold their positions at the discretion of their appointing party. The KEAC is currently composed of:

Appointed by the Kativik Regional Government: Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is Associate Director of the Renewable Resources, Environment, Lands and Parks Department of the Kativik Regional Government. Over the last 35 years, he has played an active role in Nunavik. He has been involved in the implementation of the Inuit Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Support Program, environmental provisions of the JBNQA, and various environmental protection programs. Holding an Honours Bachelor degree in Anthropology, Mr. Barrett served as a member of the KEAC from its creation until 1990 and from 1999 to the present. He lives in Kuujjuaq.

Appointed by the Kativik Regional Government: Laina Grey

Laina Grey is originally from Kangirsuk. She spent six years working for the Kativik Regional Government at their main office in Kuujjuaq. Ms. Grey was initially hired as an administrative technician and following a four management training program, served as the assistant director of the Renewable Resources Department. Ms. Grey presently lives in Montreal and since 2014, has worked for the Makivik Corporation in the Coordinator to the President Department. She was appointed to the KEAC in May 2016.

Appointed by the Kativik Regional Government: Mary Pilurtuut

Mart Pilurtut started her career as Secretary Treasurer for the Northern Village of Kangirsujuaq from 1995-2000 and was then hired by the Kativik Regional Government as the Regional Financial and Administrative Advisor from 2000-2005. She held the position of Mayor of Kangirsujuaq from 2005-2012 as well as being a member of the KRG Executive Committee. Ms. Pilurtut was also appointed Vice Chairperson of KRG from 2012-2017. She is currently the Director of Pingualuit National Park and loves to travel and spend time outdoors fishing and camping with her family.

Appointed by the Government of Québec: Paule Halley

Paule Halley, LL.D., is a lawyer, a professor of law at Université Laval and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law. She was appointed to the KEAC in 1999.

Appointed by the Government of Québec: Julie Samson

Julie Samson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering and a Master’s degree in Forest Ecology and Pedology from Université Laval. Since August 2011, Ms. Samson is the Coordinator for Aboriginal Consultations with the Environmental Assessment Branch of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (sustainable development, the environment and the fight against climate change). Previously, she had worked for several years with Université Laval’s Centre de recherche en biologie forestière (forest biology research) as a researcher and, from 2002 to 2011, in the Forest Sector of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles (natural resources) with various duties mainly related to Aboriginal affairs. Ms. Samson was appointed to the KEAC in 2013.

Appointed by the Government of Québec: Sylvie Létourneau

Sylvie Létourneau is a biologist by training. She possesses a Certificate in International Cooperation as well as a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. Ms. Létourneau has worked in a variety of capacities in Canada and abroad, as well as for several years with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (sustainable development, the environment and the fight against climate change) where she currently holds a position with the Biodiversity Expertise Branch. She was appointed to the KEAC in 2006.

Appointed by the Government of Canada: Jean-Yves Savaria

Jean-Yves Savaria is a biologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Oceanography from the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Mr. Savaria has not less than 15 years of experience in aquatic resource management. Since 2002, he has fulfilled various mandates with Fisheries and Oceans Canada related to the recovery of aquatic species-at-risk, protected marine areas, as well as the conservation and protection of fish habitat. Since 2009, Mr. Savaria has held the position of division manager under the Fisheries Protection Program which aims to maintain the sustainability of fisheries and was appointed to the KEAC in 2015.

Appointed by the Government of Canada: Alexandre-Guy Côté

Alexandre-Guy Côté graduated from the Université de Montréal in political science and journalism. Since 2006, he worked as an Indigenous Affairs advisor in Environment and Climate Change Canada‘s Quebec and Atlantic Regional Directorate General. In his work, Alexander-Guy participates actively in the implementation of the environmental aspects of Northern Quebec treaties with Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Nations. He was offically appointed to the KEAC in December 2016.

Appointed by the Government of Canada: Catherine LaPeyrie

Catherine Lapeyrie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in tourism management and a Master degree in international development. After many years working in tourism and then, in international development with Global Affairs Canada, she worked in the Education Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). She is currently playing a leadership role in the implementation of treaties in Québec such as the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the Nunavik Land Claim Agreement and the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claim Agreement. She was appointed to the KEAC in June 2017.

Executive Secretary: Benjamin Patenaude

Since 2013, the Executive Secretary is Benjamin Patenaude. Mr. Patenaude holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. He worked as a consultant for the Avataq Cultural Institute and Nunavik Parks before joining the KEAC.

Environmental Analyst: Nancy Dea

Nancy Dea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and served as the executive secretary of the KEAC from October 2005 to January 2009 and from July to December 2011. She works as an environmental consultant and is mainly involved in contaminated site restoration for the Kativik Regional Government. She has worked as an environmental analyst for the KEAC since 2012.