Charles Camsell Talk - Public Lecture

Charles Camsell Public Lecture Series


Past Wins and the Work Ahead: A Panel Discussion on Resource Development in Canada's North

A Public Lecture Sponsored by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG).

Where: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre auditorium
When: Wednesday, November 16th, 19:30 to 20:30
To view the recording of this event, please visit the NTGS Channel 

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Geoscience Forum, this year’s Charles Camsell lecture will mark this milestone with a panel discussion on resource development in northern Canada. Join local experts with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who will collectively explore the past, present, and future of northern resource development, including its many successes and challenges. Resource development is an influential activity in Canada’s three territories but is continually changing. This is especially relevant today as countries realign their policies and economic activities to reflect social and physical changes that are occurring globally. The discussion will conclude with an examination of “Where we are going from here?” from the perspective of panel members who have tackled northern resource development issues for many years.


Panel Moderator – Ollie Williams (Ollie Williams Media Ltd.)

Darrell Beaulieu

Darrell Beaulieu

Darrell Beaulieu is the President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Incorporated, a 100% Dene owned corporation representing the 27 First Nations of the NWT. Mr. Beaulieu was appointed as the Spokesperson of the NWT Indigenous Leaders Economic Coalition and is Chair of its Investors Committee.

Mr. Beaulieu served three terms as the Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He is a founder and Past President of De’ton Cho Corporation from 1990 to 2000 and was the CEO from 1997 to 2002.

He currently sits on the Boards of Northland Utilities and is a member of Northwestel’s Community Advisory Board and ATCO’s Indigenous Relations Advisory Committee.

In 2016, Darrell was the recipient of the Skookum Jim Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada for exceptional Aboriginal Achievement in the Mineral Industry.

Pamela Strand

Pamela Strand

Since 2020, Pamela Strand has served as the Deputy Minister of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), Government of Northwest Territories. She is a Professional Geoscientist and a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Science, Geology Degree) and the University of Western Ontario (Master of Science in Geology).

Pamela has served as ITI’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Mineral and Petroleum Resources Branch and as the Director of the Mineral Resources Division. She has held other federal and territorial government positions such as District Geologist and Mineral Initiatives Officer. She also worked for 25 years in the mining industry as a senior officer for a number of public and private exploration companies and in a number of commodities including gold, diamonds, lead-zinc and gold.

Pamela is past president of NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and a past director of Alberta Chamber of Resources. Pamela’s achievements have included being awarded Edmonton Global Woman of Vision and Edmonton Consumers Choice Business Woman of the Year.

Lou Covello
Lou Covello

Lou Covello is a geologist who came north in the early 1970s to work for the Geological Survey of Canada, and then for Noranda as an exploration geologist. He opened a consulting business in 1981 which became the roots of what is now Aurora Geosciences. Along with partners Gary Vivian and Doug Bryan, Lou built Aurora as a company focused on delivering excellence in northern mineral exploration, conceiving and applying new exploration models, and adapting new geophysical technology to meet the challenges of working in the North. This vision paid off during the 1990s when Aurora became a major player in the Great Canadian Diamond Rush.

Over the last four decades, Lou has become an outspoken advocate for the mining and exploration industry. He’s seen mining and exploration in the North change, and not always for the better. “I believe that for human practical purposes, our so-called non-renewable resources are in fact infinite and only limited by the crust of the earth, and the main limitations on finding new deposits are human, and that’s the amount of resources – time and resources – and intellectual capital that we spend on the problem.”

Brett Wheler

Brett Wheler

Brett Wheler is the Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainability and Resource Management, with the Department of Culture and Lands Protection, Tłı̨chǫ Government. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University, respectively.

Brett has held regulatory and policy positions (including senior management positions) with the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board and the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board. His work experience includes managing diamond mining permits and licences, chairing the standard terms and conditions working group, leading initiatives for continuous improvement in environmental assessment, and facilitating dialogue amongst co-management partners in the Mackenzie Valley. Now as part of the Tłı̨chǫ Government team, Brett works to navigate regulatory, corporate, and intergovernmental systems to enhance and sustain economic benefits, cultural values, and environmental values.

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