The Management Board is made up of five members. Two members are selected by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), two are selected by the oil and gas industry and one is selected as member-at-large representing the public interest. Members are appointed by the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. The Chair is selected by members of the Board.

Chair - Andrew Applejohn (GNWT)

Andrew Applejohn is the Senior Science Advisor to the Government of the Northwest Territories and is responsible for developing overarching science policy and implementing the government’s research agenda, working with local, regional, territorial, national and international agencies.

As the Director of the Aurora Research Institute, Mr. Applejohn was the Science Administrator, responsible for issuing science permits for more than 1,000 research projects, many of which provided key information for the Mackenzie Gas Project as well as other oil and gas exploration programs across the NWT.

He was a member of the team, which delivered the Mallik International Gas Hydrates Research program from 2002-2009, and acted as the operator of the drilling operations in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Applejohn has served on a number of advisory committees related to northern research and development including the federal Environmental Studies Research Fund, the Program for Energy Research and Development, the Northern and Northern Regulatory Research panels, The Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and a number of committees and panels focused on various aspects of Northern science.

Vice Chair - Ken Hansen (Industry)

Ken Hansen has worked as Project Manager for the Northwest Territories Canol oil shale play at Husky Oil Operations Limited, as well as for the Chedabucto silica industrial  mineral deposit exploration project, located on the north arm of Great Slave Lake (Whitebeach Point).  He joined Husky in 2003 and has worked on a wide variety of international and Canadian frontier projects.

Mr. Hansen has also worked on various western Canada and frontier exploration projects at EOG Resources, Hunt Oil and Shell Canada.  He has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas exploration. 

He holds a M.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia, a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta. and is registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. He is also an active member with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.

Dr. Ray Case (Public)

Dr. Ray Case is a longtime Northerner and NWT resident growing up in both the Yukon and the NWT. He retired from the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2014 after a long and productive 33 years serving in various roles in wildlife research and management. This included three years as Director of the Environment and three years as Assistant Deputy Minister-Policy and Strategic Planning with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Dr. Case has a PhD in Wildlife Productivity and Management from the University of Alberta. During his career, he has conducted and managed numerous wildlife and environmental research projects including the supervision of four graduate students.

He participated in, and supported, the co-management of renewable resources by providing information and advice to the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT) (member), the Bathurst Caribou Management Planning Committee (member), the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, the Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board (member) and through other regional, territorial and national partnerships.

Dr. Case played a leadership role in the GNWT assessment of impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat and follow-up monitoring of non-renewable resource development projects, including three diamond mine environmental assessments, and the assessment of oil and gas exploration and development proposals, including the Mackenzie Gas Project.

He also has experience as a proponent in environmental assessment processes as the former GNWT lead for the Giant Mine Remediation Project Environmental Assessment.

Heather Macpherson, P.Eng.   (Industry)                                                                                       

Heather MacPherson has been with Imperial for 21 years, and currently works in Environmental and Property Solutions as a Senior Advocacy Advisor. Heather graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, which led to a career with Imperial that has ranged from construction project management in Alberta and British Columbia to sales and marketing in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

For the past 11 years, her work has increasingly focused on the field of closure and reclamation, including support on the Sable natural gas decommissioning project on the East Coast, conventional oil and gas remediation in western Canada, a phytoremediation pilot in the California Central Valley, and in the Northwest Territories on legacy projects in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the Sahtu Settlement Region at Norman Wells. Heather lives in Canmore, Alberta, which is her home base for skiing, running, riding, and adventuring in the Rocky Mountains.

Dr. Menzie McEachern (GNWT)

Dr. Menzie McEachern is Director of the Petroleum Resources Division for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment and based in Inuvik. His career has spanned the private and public sectors in the energy and environment field, with a focus on energy and environmental policy and strategy and environmental impact assessment.

He has worked in the Alberta public service as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Alberta Energy and Senior Manager of Evaluation and Cumulative Effects Specialist at Alberta Environment.  He has also worked in the private sector for AMEC Earth and Environmental Limited and was responsible for preparing environmental impact assessments, including cumulative impact assessments for proponents of oil sands, pipeline, road and other industrial projects.

Dr. McEachern has a doctorate in Geography from Clark University at Worcester, Massachusetts, where his doctoral thesis was on solar home system adoption and diffusion in Sri Lanka. He also completed a B.Sc. with first-class honours in Environmental Science – Geology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.