Board of Directors

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Chair: Paul Gillard

Joined our board: March 2014

Paul is a long time northerner having spent the last 23 years in Yellowknife working for Northwestel. His career path has included stops in a broad range on functions. These include Customer Service, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Partnerships & Acquisitions, Project Management, Field Operations, Outside Plant Construction and Government Relations.

Vice-Chair: Jhillian Adams

Joined our board: June 2020

Secretary: Simon Whitehouse

Joined our board: June 2016

Treasurer: Ebere Duru

Joined our board: 2020

Past Chair: Tracy St. Denis

Joined our board 2011

Tracy moved to Yellowknife 20 plus years ago and has been an active member of the community. Her various positions, with both the private and public sectors, have allowed her to travel extensively throughout the NWT. Tracy has been a donor to United Way NWT (previously United Way Yellowknife) for over 20 years. She is committed to assisting the non-profit sector and felt that she could add to this by not just being a donor but getting active on the board and then subsequently becoming Chair in winter 2012 a serving United Way NWT in this capacity for 11 years. Tracy believes that the United Way NWT has a great role to play in working with the business community and the non-profit sectors to help create relationships and connections that benefit our communities for years to come.

Matthew Spence

Joined our board: June 2014

Matthew Spence moved to Yellowknife in 1964 with his family. After graduating from Sir John Franklin he pursued a university education and spent time in both Iqaluit and Fort Simpson. He eventually made his way back to Yellowknife in 2002 where he started his career with the Government of Canada. As Director General of the Northern Projects Management Office Matthew travels extensively throughout the North and has seen the challenges small communities face in providing services to its citizens. Matthew has been a donor to the United Way NWT since 2009 and has been the regional champion for the Government of Canada’s Workplace Charitable Campaign for the last two years.

Yanik D’Aigle

Joined our board: 2020

Martin Goldney

Joined our board: December 2019

Martin Goldney was appointed Secretary to Cabinet/Deputy Minister of Executive and Indigenous Affairs November 7, 2019. Prior to this, Martin held portfolios as Deputy Minister with Justice and Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations
for the Government of the Northwest Territories. He has also served in the Government of the Northwest Territories as Executive Director and Chief Negotiator responsible for leading the negotiation of the Northwest Territories Lands andResources Devolution Agreement.

Mr. Goldney began his public service career as legal counsel for the GNWT, where his work included providing legal support and advice on a number self-government and land claim negotiations, and other constitutional matters. Mr. Goldney attended
Trent University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Native Studies, and the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law where he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Ben Linaker

Joined our board: September 2018

Ben is originally from the NWT, having been born and raised in Fort Smith. After a hiatus to attend university and travel some of the world, Ben returned to the territory and has made Yellowknife his home since 2013. Ben is an active member of the Yellowknife community, being involved in several sports teams and boards throughout the years. He holds community and local philanthropy among his core values and joined the United Way NWT Board of Directors to be involved in the excellent work and valuable charitable service that the organization provides to the non-profits of the NWT.

Sara-Jayne Dempster

Joined our board: July 2023

Margaret Lovely

Joined our board: 2021

Sandra Lester

Joined our board: September 2023