Member Profiles

Bruce Chambers, Whitehorse, YT

Bruce Chambers, Whitehorse, YT

Nominated by the Government of Yukon Appointed by the Government of Canada (2008)   Present Term: December 22, 2014 to December 22, 2017 Previous Terms: Member since 2008 Bruce Chambers is the member nominated by the Yukon Territorial Government. He was appointed in September 2008. He is currently serving his second consecutive term with the EIRB. Bruce said his work with the EIRB is important to him, because he is interested in the issues facing the people in the Western Arctic. Born on Vancouver Island in Ladysmith, Chambers was raised in Victoria. He keeps active by taking hikes and cycling. When he is 
not at home enjoying a good book, he can be found planning travel adventures. “I’d like to provide my own expertise and try to resolve any potential resource conflicts in the region,” said Bruce.
Catherine Cockney, Inuvik, NT

Catherine Cockney, Inuvik, NT

Nominated by the Government of the Northwest Territories Appointed by the Government of Canada (2006)   Present Term: October 31, 2016 for three years. Previous Terms: Member since 2006 Catherine Cockney is the nominated member by the Government of the Northwest Territories. She was originally appointed in December 2006 and is now serving her fourth consecutive term on the board. “I am involved with the EIRB because I care for the land, environment and the protection of the Inuvialuit right to harvest and to live on the land. The Aboriginal People looked after the land for generations and we owe it to the next generations to protect the land for their enjoyment.” said Catherine.

Herbert Felix, Inuvik, NT

Herbert Felix, Inuvik, NT

Appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council (1995) Acting Chairman (October 2016-) Present Term: September 26, 2014 to September 30, 2017 Previous Terms: Member since 1995 Herbert Felix is one of the three members appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council. He is the most experienced member of the EIRB, his first term was in September 1995. He is currently serving his eighth consecutive term. Born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, Herbert comes from  a traditional Inuvialuit lifestyle. Fishing and hunting in the region have been a part of his life since he was a young man. Now living in Yellowknife, Herbert enjoys spending time with his family, and travelling home to Tuktoyaktuk to hunt, fish and spend time on the land.
Ethel-Jean Gruben, Inuvik NT

Ethel-Jean Gruben, Inuvik NT

Appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council   Present Term: July 14, 2015 to September 30, 2018 Ethel-Jean Gruben is one of the three members appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council. She is serving her first term that started in July 2015. Born and raised in Inuvik NWT Canada, Ethel-Jean enjoys a cultural lifestyle where she and her family live off the land. She takes particular pride in her traditional sewing, dancing and cooking. Ethel-Jean knows the importance of a healthy family and good living. “I am continually striving to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle, rich with Inuvialuit customs and values, with a mix of Gwich’in culture and pride,” she said. With her years of experience, and a wealth of traditional and environmental knowledge, Ethel hopes to bring added value to the EIRB with her special interests regarding healthy, progressive and sustainable communities.
Crystal Lennie, B.Sc. , Inuvik, NT

Crystal Lennie, B.Sc. , Inuvik, NT

Appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council (2013)   Present Term: October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2019. Crystal Lennie is one of the three members appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council. She is serving her second term, her first started in September 2013. Crystal was born and raised in Inuvik, NT. She is quite passionate about issues pertaining to Inuvialuit. Growing up with a traditional Inuvialuit lifestyle, she was raised going to seasonal camps on the delta. She enjoys cooking traditional foods and helping her family on the land when she can. Being a member of the EIRB is important to Crystal because she is helping to preserve Inuvialuit culture.  “I thought it would be good way to be apart of preserving our culture, environment and way of life.” said Crystal.

Jim Umpherson, Yellowknife, NT

Jim Umpherson, Yellowknife, NT

Appointed by the Government of Canada (2011)     Present Term: December 28, 2014 to December 28, 2017 Previous Terms: Member since 2011 Jim Umpherson is the member of the board nominated by the Government of Canada. He is serving his first term and was appointed in December 2011. Jim has been working in the Northwest Territories since 1975. Living in Norman Wells, Rankin Inlet and Fort Simpson before settling into Yellowknife in 1985. Jim enjoys all cultural activities in the north 
and likes to spend time outdoors. He is involved with the EIRB to ensure the sustainability of the environment. “I like boating, snowmobiling, fishing and generally being outside enjoying nature, fresh air and the beauty of the natural environment.” said Jim.