Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

June 08, 2009 12:00 ET

Minister Strahl Announces Appointment to Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the appointment of Mr. Peter Bannon to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB).

"We are delighted that Mr. Bannon will contribute his valuable expertise to this Board," said Minister Strahl. "In addition to Mr. Bannon's experience with various other environmental impact boards and working groups, his active leadership in the community and extensive experience in northern issues will be a great asset to the work of the Board."

Mr. Bannon has over 30 years of public service experience in resource and environmental management, technical evaluation and impact assessment as well as experience in policy matters related to Aboriginal and intergovernmental affairs. He has served on the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Working Group and retired in 2007 as Executive Director, Office of Devolution of the Government of the Northwest Territories. He has lived in various northern communities over the past 33 years.

The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board carries out environmental assessments and environmental impact reviews in the Mackenzie Valley of the Northwest Territories. These measures help protect the environment and enhance the social, economic and cultural well-being of Mackenzie Valley residents and of all Canadians. The board provides Northerners with a vehicle to participate in the environmental assessment decision-making process.

Mr. Bannon's appointment is effective May 25, 2009 for a period of three years. Biographical notes are attached.

 

Biographical Note



Mr. Peter Bannon


Mr. Bannon has over 30 years of public service experience in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Newfoundland. He began his career as an Environmental Engineering Technician and held senior management positions in the Government of the Northwest Territories and federal regional operations for fifteen years, retiring in 2007. He currently works as a part-time consultant.

Mr. Bannon has been involved with the Mackenzie Valley of the Northwest Territories for many years as a member of the Working Group and Working Committees for the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and the Regional Land and Water Boards under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA). He also served on the Gwich'in/Sahtu Legislation Co-ordinating Group, responsible for the development of the MVRMA.

Mr. Bannon is a graduate of both the University of Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor in Environmental Studies and Geography and Resource Management, and Fanshaw College in London Ontario, where he received diplomas in Environmental Engineering Technology and Water and Air Pollution Control.

Peter Bannon lives in Yellowknife, NWT.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002

    or

    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160