Sarah Kalhok Bourque

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A/Director, Northern Science and Contaminants Research

As the A/Director of Northern Science and Contaminants Research with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, I lead the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), chairing its multi-stakeholder management committee and managing its Secretariat, and also serve as the Canadian Head of Delegation to the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), coordinating national input and delivering Canada’s position on northern environmental and health monitoring issues at international fora. NCP and AMAP are well-established and highly regarded national and international programs, respectively, that focus on key Arctic environmental issues of contaminants and climate change, working in partnership with Indigenous people, and provide sound science-based assessments and advice to inform policy and decision-making processes. I also serve on various interdepartmental working groups, and externally, as a member of the ArcticNet Research Managers Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Nasivvik Research Chair in Ecosystem Approaches to Northern Health.