Appointed by the Northwest Territories: Present Term: Oct 14, 2022 to November 2025
Kate has a B.Sc. in geology from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba. She maintains a Professional Geologist accreditation with the Northwest Territories Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
Kate Hearn came to the NWT as an exploration geologist in 1987, moving into the public sector in 1989. Since that time she has served with the federal and territorial governments in a number of executive level positions concerned with land and resource management in the North. Her most recent role was with the Government of the Northwest Territories where she served as Assistant Deputy Minister Planning and Coordination in the Department of Lands from 2014 until her retirement in 2021.
Kate lives outside Yellowknife and enjoys snowshoeing, kayaking and dabbling in stained glass, ukulele playing and Taiko drumming. She feels very privileged to be able to enjoy the natural surroundings that the North has to offer. Kate believes strongly that environmental impact assessment is an important tool in achieving sustainability outcomes. She hopes to be able to contribute to the EIRB with her knowledge of environmental assessment practices, procedures and decision making that she has acquired through her career.