Current Chair, Members and staff



Herb Nakimayak (2021 to present), Paulatuk, NT

Herb was raised in Paulatuk, NT, with a traditional lifestyle (including hunting, fishing, and trapping) by his parents Helen and Jonah. Jonah and many other hunters taught Herb values and principles that he carries each day in all that he does. Herb presently lives in Yellowknife, NT, with his family, spending time hunting and fishing.

From 2014 to 2018, Herb served as Vice President for Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada. During this time, he had a direct role in the negotiations with other Arctic states on the Central Arctic Ocean fisheries agreement. Herb also served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Nunakput (Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, and Ulukhaktok) from 2015-2019.  During his term there were many accomplishments reached such as passing the Environment Act, and many other bills that have improved the quality of life of residents in the NWT. Most recently, he worked with DFO developing the new Arctic Region. Herb has developed strong relationships and partnerships with Indigenous, territorial, and federal governments and his diverse work history has led him to become a valuable resource in all capacities, from the front line to negotiating in the boardroom. He has been effective in developing strategies to enable Inuit to thrive and succeed at home or internationally, and has proven to be a strong, resilient leader and team player.



Burton Ayles (1997 to present) – Canada Member, Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Ayles joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a fisheries research scientist in 1972. He has served in several different senior managerial positions with the Central and Arctic Region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He first became involved in Arctic programs in 1979 when he participated in a Departmental reorganization that led to the establishment of Arctic marine mammal research programs at the Freshwater Institute. He has also served as a Canadian member of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission.


John Noksana Jr. (2015 to present) – Inuvialuit Member, Tuktoyaktuk, NT

Lois Harwood (2021 to present) – Canada Member, Yellowknife, NT 

Lois has lived and worked in the north for over 30 years, holds a BSc with distinction from the University of Victoria (Marine Biology) and a M.Sc. (Zoology) from the University of Alberta (1989). Her work has focused on marine mammals and freshwater/anadromous fishes in the Beaufort Sea region, including with the private sector on Beaufort Sea oil and gas environmental impact assessments, as FJMC staff biologist 1988-1991, and 28 years as aquatic biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Working closely with Indigenous knowledge holders, she designed, co-delivered and published multiple long-term research and monitoring projects assessing trend, status, harvests, reproduction and body condition of beluga whales, ringed seals and Arctic char. She also conducted several multi-year, marine mammal aerial survey and satellite tagging programs. Lois was a recipient of the FJMC Cooperative Management Award (2000, co-recipient 2003), a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), was co-recipient (2010) of the US Dept. of Interior Partner in Conservation Award, is a Research Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (since 2004), serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Arctic, and was an Acting Canada Member on FJMC from August 2019 to January 2021.

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Lawrence Ruben (2019 to present) – Inuvialuit Member, Inuvik, NT

Lawrence Ruben, was born and raised in Paulatuk and have lived In the north (NWT) my whole life. My parents are Billy and Bertha Ruben who have taught me traditional values and although having gone to residential school my cultural ties to our land remained strong. I have spent the last decade dedicating myself to protecting our way of living. I have been a councillor on the IGC, WMAC (NWT) and other co-management boards.



Richard Binder Sr. – Inuvialuit Alternate Member, Inuvik, NT

Stan Ruben – Inuvialuit Alternate Member, Inuvik, NT



Kiyo Campbell (2019-present)

Marissa Murphy (2020-present)

Issiac Elanik (2020-present)