JOINT REVIEW PANEL FOR THE MACKENZIE GAS PROJECT
The proposed Mackenzie Gas Project includes natural gas development in the
Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories, gathering lines, processing
facilities and pipeline facilities to transport gas south through the Mackenzie Valley to
northern Alberta. The facilities would connect to the Nova Gas Transmission system
and the associated commercial natural gas market, known as the NOVA Inventory
Transfer (or NIT), near the NWT/Alberta border. The pipeline would be approximately
1,400 kilometres in length.
The Review Process
In August 2003, the federal Minister of the Environment referred the project to a joint
review panel under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. In January 2004, the
Environmental Impact Screening Committee for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, under
the Western Arctic Claim: The Inuvialuit Final Agreement, made the decision to refer
the project to the federal review panel process. On April 20, 2004, the Mackenzie
Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) announced that it had decided
to refer the project to an environmental impact review. In May 2004, the Minister of
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada gave his approval for the MVEIRB to enter into an
agreement to establish a joint review panel.
There are three parties to the joint review panel process: the federal Minister of the
Environment, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB)
and the Inuvialuit Game Council. After a public consultation period on the draft Joint
Review Panel Agreement and the Environmental Impact Statement Terms of Reference,
the three parties considered all comments received and jointly finalized the two
documents. They also appointed the joint review panel members.
The 16-month environmental assessment for the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project is
scheduled to begin with the appointment of the independent seven-person joint review
panel. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board selected three of the
members and the other four were appointed by the Minister of the Environment, two of
whom were nominated by the Inuvialuit Game Council.
The Participant Funding Program
The Government of Canada approved a first funding in the amount of $116,515 to 16
applicants, representing a broad range of interests, to assist them in the review of the
draft Environmental Impact Statement Terms of Reference. A list of approved funding
recipients can be found on the Northern Gas Project Secretariat’s (NGPS) Web site at:
www.ngps.nt.ca and the Agency’s Web site at: www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
The Government of Canada is providing up to $1.5 million in participant funding. Up to
$1.38 million will be made available under the federal funding program for two more
phases of the environmental review of the project. Details on this funding will be
announced at a later date.
The Panel Members
Ms. Gina Dolphus
A native of Deline, NWT, Gina Dolphus has spent many years working in a number of
areas including politics, counselling, advocacy, management and administration. She
has successfully represented her community in various ways, including working as the
Trustee for the Inuvik Regional Health Board and acting as Vice-Chairperson for the
Sahtu Divisional Board of Education. Other notable accomplishments include working
as Vice-Chairperson for the Land and Finance Corporation in Deline and serving as
Sahtu’s Regional Director for the Native Women’s Association of the Northwest
Territories. Most recently, Ms. Dolphus worked as Community Wellness Coordinator
with the Deline Uranium Team for the Deline Dene Band.
Mr. Barry Greenland
Barry Greenland is well-known to his community as the President of the Ingamo Hall
Friendship Centre and the President and Chair of the Northwest Territories Council
Centres. He has also acted as Sub-Chief of the Inuvik Native Band in Inuvik, NWT, for
10 years where he worked closely with the Gwich’in Tribal Council and Indian and
Northern Affairs. Mr. Greenland has also acted as Director of the Gwich’in Tribal
Council Board for two years and as Director of the Nihtat Gwich’in Development
Corporation for six years. Previously, Mr. Greenland worked as community and projects
coordinator for the Inuvik Native Band which provides support to the youth and the
elders. His career also includes serving as an alcohol and drug youth counsellor, and
helping others as an income support worker.
Mr. Percy Hardisty
As member of the panel, Percy Hardisty brings to the table almost 25 years of leadership
experience within his community. As well as being Chairperson for the Deh Cho
Friendship Centre located in the Deh Cho Region, Mr. Hardisty was elected as Chief of
the Pehdzeh Ki First Nation and served as Dene National Assembly Co-ordinator. Other
accomplishments include receiving the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal
in 2002 and serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Most recently, Mr. Hardisty worked
as a fieldworker and counsellor for the Fort Providence Residential School Society. He
holds a certificate in Management Studies from Aurora College, in Fort Simpson, NWT.
Mr. Rowland Harrison
Rowland Harrison has been a member of the National Energy Board since 1997.
Mr. Harrison has extensive experience as an advisor on energy regulation to provincial,
territorial, federal and foreign governments. He has been Professor of Law at the
University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, the University of Calgary and the
University of Alberta. Before joining the Board, he was a partner in the Calgary office
of Stikeman Elliott, a national and international Canadian law firm. Mr. Harrison holds
a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a Master of
Law degree from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the bars of Nova Scotia,
Ontario and Alberta.
Mr. Robert Hornal
Robert Hornal brings to the panel 40 years of experience in resource management,
environmental and socio-economic assessment, land claim administration, land use
planning, government and regulatory affairs. He is currently a principal of Robert
Hornal and Associates Ltd., a Vancouver based consulting firm specializing in resource
management, Aboriginal, environmental and socio-economic issues. In the 1970s, Mr.
Hornal served as Director for the NWT Northern Affairs Program and was later
appointed British Columbia Administrator of the Northern Pipeline Agency in 1981. As
a senior federal civil servant, he has chaired numerous committees and liaised
extensively with federal, territorial and local politicians and other government
Mr. Hornal graduated with a Gold Medal in Geology from Queen’s University in 1961.
Mr. Tyson Pertschy
Tyson Pertschy has extensive experience in natural and cultural resources. He has
worked as a Federal Fishery Officer and a National Park Warden in numerous locations
across Canada. Mr. Pertschy is also a board member of the Inuvialuit Arbitration
Committee, has been a Commissioner for the Inuvialuit Land Administration, and acted
as a Director for the Inuvialuit Investment Committee. In addition, he participated in
1991 in the Simon Fraser University external study on wildlife management and
anthropology in Kenya.
Mr. Pertschy holds a Certificate of Specialization in Fish and Wildlife Management
from Lethbridge Community College in Alberta. He is a beneficiary of the Inuvialuit
Final Agreement and has traveled extensively throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement
Region. On his own time, he enjoys being on the land and water.
Mr. Peter J. Usher
Peter J. Usher is a geographer with graduate degrees from McGill University and the
University of British Columbia. Dr. Usher worked and lived in the Western Arctic
between 1962 and 1976. During that time he was involved in community economic
development, the Inuvialuit land claim, and the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry.
Since 1977 he has operated an independent consultancy based in Ottawa, and has
established a broad client base across the North, from Labrador to Alaska. His work has
focused on social and environmental impact assessment, land use and resource
management, and Aboriginal claims. From 1991 to 1997 Dr. Usher was Director of
Research at Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, in Ottawa. Dr. Usher was appointed by the
Government of Canada as a member of the Joint Environmental Assessment Panel to
review the proposed Voisey’s Bay Mine-Mill Project in Labrador (1997-1999). He was
appointed by the Government of the Northwest Territories to chair the Wildlife
Management Advisory Council (NWT) (1997-2000). He resides in Lanark County,
west of Ottawa.
For more information, contact:
Gordon Harris Annette Bourgeois
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Northern Gas Project Secretariat, Yellowknife
Ottawa Tel.: (867) 766-8602
Tel.: (613) 957-0825 Toll Free: 1-866-372-8600
Fax: (613) 957-0946 Fax: (867) 766-8624
E-mail: Gordon.Harris@ceaa-acee.gc.ca E-mail: email@example.com
Roland Semjanovs Nelson Perry
Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Joint Secretariat for the Inuvialuit Renewable
Review Board, Yellowknife Resource Committees, Inuvik
Tel.: (867) 766-7051 Tel.: (867) 777-2828
Fax: (867) 766-7074 Fax: (867) 777-2610
E-mail: RSemjanovs@mveirb.nt.ca E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org