On Board

Mike Aumond was born and raised in the NWT and has deep understanding of the political and socio-economic history of the NWT, with extensive experience and knowledge in strategic planning, policy development, economic development, governance, executive leadership, and Indigenous Relations accumulated over a 31-year career with the Government of the Northwest Territories; 14 of which were at the deputy minister level, including 3-1/2 years as Secretary to Cabinet. Mike’s knowledge and experience encompasses the areas of contract management and procurement, community fuel services, human resource management, Indigenous Rights negotiations, implementing land claim and self-government Agreements, infrastructure planning and delivery, finance, community development, intergovernmental affairs, and organizational leadership. From 1997 until 1999, Mike was Executive Director, Western Coalition, at the NWT Legislative Assembly, working with Members of the Assembly, NWT Indigenous governments, NWT Chamber of Commerce, and NWT Association of Municipalities to implement Division of the NWT. In 2001, he accepted the position of Director, Petroleum Products Division. From 2005, Mike held several Deputy Minister positions, including Deputy Minister Public Works and Services, Infrastructure, Municipal and Community Affairs, Finance and Secretary to the Financial Management Board, and Executive and Indigenous Affairs and Secretary to Cabinet where he led the NWT Public Service until he retired in November 2019. Mike served as Vice Chair of the Board of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation from May 2016 until November 2019.

Terry Camsell was born and raised in Canada’s North, and is of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Metis descent. Throughout his lengthy career he has been involved with almost every facet of arctic marine operations. Terry spent the first 20 years of his career on ships, his first posting as a deckhand on the Mackenzie River and his last as captain on a 24,000 HP Icebreaker for 8 years during the offshore Beaufort Sea drilling operations. Terry keeps his skills as an arctic mariner current by periodically serving as an Ice Navigator on ships operating in the arctic. Terry came ashore in 1994 to work in marine operations with Northern Transportation Company (NTCL). He worked on many arctic projects and held various positions including Director of Eastern Arctic Operations for NTCL, responsible for the supply and delivery of fuel and dry cargo to 19 communities in Nunavut. He currently serves as Director of Operations for Fathom Marine. Terry maintains a role in the operational aspects of the business and in business development which he enjoys a great deal. He has always been a big advocate of encouraging young northerners to pursue a career in the marine industry. 

Tom Colosimo is a recently retired Senior Manager of the Department of Industry Tourism and Economic Development for the Government of the Northwest Territories. Tom’s responsibility included working with small businesses and individuals as well as being the regional liaison for larger projects including those in the biomass, agriculture, and commercial fishing sectors, and was the department’s main contact with the Marine Training Centre since its inception. Tom brings over 40 years of progressive experience with the GNWT in various Departments. Tom sits on the Board of Governors of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. Tom was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of Aurora College. An Indigenous Aboriginal born and raised in the NWT, Tom looks forward to continuing his work with industry stakeholders while advancing Aboriginal and northern participation in the marine sector.

Robert C. McLeod currently serves as Chair of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, the business division of the Inuvialuit Corporate Group. Robert served 15 years as the MLA for Inuvik Twin-Lakes including 11 years as a member of the Executive Council responsible for several portfolios including Housing, Municipal and Community Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources. For the final four years of his term, he served as Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. Robert worked 23 years with the Aklavik Housing Association and with the Inuvik Housing Authority in Maintenance Management. He also worked as a private contractor. Robert is pleased to bring his wide range of experience to the Western Arctic Marine Training Consortium board.

Wally Schumann was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 2015, he served as Minister of Transportation, of Environment and Natural Resources, of Industry Tourism and Investment, of Public Works and Services, and as the first Minister of Infrastructure. Prior to entering Territorial politics, Wally served in many leadership roles. He was a director of the Hay River Chamber of Commerce, a member of the NWT Chamber of Mines Aboriginal Participation Committee and a director for the NWT Manufacturer’s Association. As President of the Hay River Metis Government Council, Wally was a key member of the negotiating team that formed the first Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with De Beers Canada. Wally was an influential member of the team that negotiated with Parks Canada for the creation of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and the team now negotiating the NWT Metis Nation Land and Resources Agreement. Before entering public life and for 38 years Wally was a successful NWT businessperson. His ventures included an autobody shop that he developed into the largest sign-manufacturer and graphics business in the NWT, serving the NWT and Nunavut. Wally was born and raised in Fort Smith, NT and later moved to Hay River, NT where he resides with his wife Lori.

Board Recruitment Announcement

The Western Arctic Marine Training Consortium seeks volunteer leaders to join its board of directors. WAMTC is a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to become Northwestern Canada’s leading provider of marine and seafarer training.

We encourage applicants with financial, legal, human resource, and media expertise, as well as those with experience in not-for-profit organizations, local workforce development, education and training, foundations, and marine, seafaring, and supply chain disciplines.

The Nominating Committee accepts applications continually until the positions are filled. Those interested in board service can complete an application.

More information on WAMTC is available at www.wamtc.ca

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