Mr. Roger Connelly


With over forty five years in the Canadian Arctic, thirty of them in the Inuvik, Roger's northern experiences have been challenging, interesting and widespread.

His working career included fifteen years as Chief Operating Officer with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, five years as Regional Director of the Inuvik Region with the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Regional Superintendent of Economic Development for the Kitikmeot Region.

In his early days Roger opened the most northerly store in Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company in Resolute Bay and closed down their operations in Umingmaktok (Bathurst Inlet).

In his private life one of Roger's greatest passions has been travelling on and enjoying the lands and waters across Canada's North.

From canoeing many of the rivers and lakes in the Western and Central Arctic to extensive boating throughout the myriad channels of the Mackenzie Delta, to numerous boating expeditions across the coastal waters from Inuvik to Cambridge Bay and beyond, Roger has gained an extensive and first- hand knowledge of Arctic waters and their importance to the well being of Northerners and Northern wildlife.

Recently appointed as Chairperson, Roger was first appointed to the Inuvialuit Water Board in 2012 (then the NWT Water Board) as Vice Chairperson.

Since that time Roger has been an active participant in advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the administrative and regulatory activities of the Board.

These activities included chairing the Board's public hearings during the licensing proceedings on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk all weather highway.