Ross McMillan, President and CEO of Tides Canada, announces the appointment of Stephen Ellis as Tides Canada’s first Northern Senior Associate. Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Steve will work with Northern communities and partners to create and implement a strategic granting program that builds capacity and advances solutions to integrated social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges in the North. Stephen will report to David Secord, Director of Strategic Programs.
Stephen and his family lived in Lutsel K’e, a Dene community on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, for over 12 years prior to their recent move to Yellowknife. After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Stephen moved north. His work has focused on helping indigenous peoples, governments and industry tackle tough land and resource challenges.
“I am excited to work with other Northerners to discover opportunities for Tides Canada to support initiatives that inspire leadership among Northern peoples, promote the wise stewardship of our land and resources, and foster sustainable livelihoods in our communities,” said Ellis.
Stephen is a laureate of the inaugural Arctic Inspiration Prize. He serves as a member of the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board for the Diavik Diamond Mine and a Director for the Dechinta Institute for Research and Learning. He previously chaired the Akaitcho Screening Board and was a long-standing Director of the Denesoline Corporation and a member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy Steering Committee.
“I am thrilled that Steve Ellis has joined our team. He brings the right mix of experience, relationships and out-of-the box thinking that will help philanthropy to make the greatest and most positive impact in Canada’s territories and Inuit regions,” said McMillan.
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