About

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is the premier organization in Canada dedicated to excellence in public service. Since its founding in 1947, IPAC has espoused and promoted the ideals of public service from coast to coast to coast in Canada as well as around the world.  With 17 regional groups across the country, IPAC brings together public servants from all orders of government as well as academics and students of public administration.

The purpose of the NWT Regional Group is to nurture excellence in public service in the Northwest Territories. It is an impartial and representative local forum that is part of a national and international network of practitioners and scholars.


The NWT Regional Group

  • provides a forum for dialogue about public administration;
  • builds networks between public servants and persons with an interest in public service;
  • aides professional growth; and,
  • educates citizens about public administration in the NWT.

Board of Directors

  • Jay Potter, Chair (Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Government of Canada). Term: 2017 –present
  • Krystal Pidborochynski, Director (Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories). Term: 2018 – present
  • Myranda Bolstad, Director (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada). Term: 2017 – present
  • Rachel Riffel, Director (Infrastructure, Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Sophie Maksimowski, Director (Lands, Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Janine Jenken, Treasurer (Finance, Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Lindsay Armer, Director (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada)
  • Janine Farmer, Secretary (Infrastructure, Government of the Northwest Territories)

Past Directors

  • Ariel Holmwood-Bramwell, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada
  • Dennis Marchiori, City of Yellowknife: 2012 – 2018
  • Jamie Koe, Department of Finance, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2015 – 2019
  • Joe Dragon, Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2017 – 2018
  • Jennifer Lukas, Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2016 – 2018
  • Giselle Marion, Tłı̨chǫ Government: 2016 – 2018
  • David M. Brock, Department of the Executive, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2012 – 2015
  • Christina Gray, Department of the Executive, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2014 – 2015
  • Nicole Bonnell, Department of Infrastructure, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2017 – 2019
  • Regina Pfeifer, Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories: 2012 – 2014
  • Trevor Sinclair: Northwest Territories Federal Council, Government of Canada: 2012 – 2013
  • Jeremy Weyerman, Health Canada, Government of Canada. 2012 – 2015
  • Jennifer Whitaker, Department of the Executive, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2012 – 2016
  • Kate Hearn, Department of Lands, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2018 – 2019
  • Shannon Crawley, Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission: 2016 – 2019
  • Sylvia Haener, Department of Justice, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2014 – 2016
  • Tim Mercer, Legislative Assembly, Government of the Northwest Territories. 2012 – 2013; 2015 – 2016
  • Matt Young, Department of Justice Canada, Government of Canada: 2012 – 2016
  • Nick Leeson, Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2016 – 2017
  • Sherry Lovely, Department of Finance, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2012 – 2017
  • Christian Bertelsen, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Government of Canada: 2013 – 2017
  • Laura Duncan, Tłı̨chǫ Government: 2015 – 2017
  • Lindsey Oosenbrug-Trinh, Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories: 2017 – 2019