Madeleine Redfern

A former mayor of Iqaluit and trained in law, Ms. Redfern is a strong social advocate for Aboriginal, Inuit, and Northerners’ values and rights.

Madeleine Redfern’s expertise is grounded in partnership-building between the south and the emerging north. She works closely with Nunavut institutions to help assess and identify strategies and approaches that will attract and retain the highest quality professionals from both Nunavut and outside the region. In her various roles, she has garnered a wealth of experience in a wide range of issues, including governance, laws, policies, program and service development and delivery both in Nunavut and the rest of Canada. Ms. Redfern’s over 25 years of experience in public service, law and business has led to an established record of working with industry, governments, aboriginal organizations and communities. Currently President of the Ajungi Group, Ms. Redfern is former Mayor of Iqaluit and has held several strategic posts, including: Executive Director of Nunavut Tourism, Legal Researcher at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Chair of the Legal Services Board, Executive Director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.

Currently working as a consultant, Madeleine Redfern was the mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, from December 2010 to end-2012. She originates from Iqaluit and is a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School. She also holds an LLB from the University of Victoria. Madeleine was the first Inuk to work as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Madeleine is a strong social advocate and businessperson. She has substantial governance and volunteer experience with Aboriginal and Inuit organizations, including the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation, where she was secretary-treasurer; the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, where she was president; Ottawa Inuit Headstart, of which she was a founding member; and the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre, of which she was also a founding member. Until recently, Madeleine held the position of executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a body that reviewed the effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit between the 1950s and the 1980s. Madeleine’s advocacy, professional, and governance work show her dedication to and passion for the development and delivery of programs that assist Aboriginal, Inuit, northerners and Canadians and reflect their values, needs, and priorities.

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