The IRC Innovation, Science & Climate Change Division was created in 2016 and has been growing in staff and size each year since its inception. This unit began with one employee and three research projects and has since grown to a team of eleven who lead fourteen major projects within the ISR. The division is organized into three main areas Health/Engagement, Cyber Infrastructure/Data and Environmental Policy.
The ISCC Division staff offices are in the Mack Travel Building in Inuvik.
Director of Innovation, Science and Climate Change
The Director provides coordination for IRC's Innovation, Science & Climate Change division. Additionally, she focuses on implementing IRC's 20s19-2021 strategic plan through various large-scale research, cyberinfrastructure, data and mapping initiatives within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This includes project management for multi-year and diverse multi-stakeholder programs in the areas of climate change, capacity building, wellness, energy, infrastructure, knowledge mobilization and resource development. Her work aims to prioritize program engagement, shareholder support, information exchange and knowledge mobility between the project team, management and decision makers.
Director of Innovation, Science, & Climate Change
The Research Manager is responsible for supervising all internal research and monitoring activities focused on Inuvialuit social, cultural and economic conditions. He plans, secures funding, manages and evaluates ISCC initiatives to ensure results are applied to operational decision making, planning, programs management and mitigation measures to improve the well-being of Inuvialuit. His key areas of focus include research policy, research unit operations, data analysis and capacity building.
Climate Change Program Coordinator
The Climate Change Program Coordinator is responsible for addressing short and long-term climate policy needs by supporting regional/community climate change priorities and establishing a climate change program within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). Brian works closely with communities as well as other, partnering, organizations to ensure a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in the ISR.
Clean Energy Coordinator
The Clean Energy Coordinator is responsible for supporting community energy priorities and establishing an inclusive approach to clean growth and energy implementation efforts within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and works closely with local communities to ensure a coordinated approach to energy development and management in the ISR.
Marine Program Coordinator
The Marine Program Coordinator is responsible for addressing short and long-term marine transportation, safety and environmental protection policy needs by supporting regional/community marine safety and environmental priorities and establishing a marine safety and environmental protection program within the ISR. This position works closely with local communities, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporate Group (i.e. Marine Protected Area Coordinator) to ensure a coordinated approach to marine safety and environmental protection efforts in the ISR.
Environmental Policy and Climate Change Assistant
This Environmental Policy and Climate Change Assistant is responsible for supporting research related to climate change, energy, marine programs, regional strategic environmental assessment, and data management. This position develops materials which increases IRCs understanding of socio, cultural and economic impacts of regional change (i.e. environment/climate change).
Genomes Research Assistant
Genomes Research Assistant position is a collaborative multi-year project led by University of Calgary and Carleton University “The Role of Genomics in Supporting Arctic Biodiversity.” The Assistant will develop research skills related to the science of genetics by gathering information on genomes research, drafting a literature review, and examining reindeer genomes in the ISR. A survey gathering information about understanding of genomes in the ISR will be released later this year.
Data Mobilization/ Cyber Infrastructure
Inuvialuit Place Names Coordinator
The Inuvialuit Place Names Coordinator is responsible for leading the Inuvialuit Place names initiative within the ISR. This includes program coordination, data collection, analysis, verification, and recommendations for publication.
The QNIHS Technician is responsible for ensuring the completion of technical tasks related to QNIHS survey delivery. The position works in tandem with internal and external partners, gather information, develop planning materials, coordinate survey instruments and provide technical advice to leadership on the QNIHS delivery.
Inuit Research Advisor
The Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) can be the first point of contact for consultation on any potential or proposed research taking place within the ISR, whether inside or outside of the six Inuvialuit communities. The IRA plays an advisory role to encourage regional partnerships and collaborations. The IRA also monitors and tracks research internally.