The KEAC is a tripartite body composed of nine members: three appointed by the Kativik Regional Government, three by the Government of Québec and three by the Government of Canada.

Members appointed by the Kativik Regional Government


Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is the associate director of the Renewable Resources, Environment, Lands and Parks Department of the Kativik Regional Government. He has served as a member of the KEAC from its creation until 1990 and from 1999 to the present.

Raymond Mickpegak

Raymond Mickpegak was elected to the Makivik Corporation Board of Members, representing Kuujjuaraapik, in 2000. He currently serves as Chairman of NEAS Inc., a joint partnership with the North West Company and Logistics Inc.  He was named to the KEAC in October 2022.


Members appointed by the Government of Québec

Paule Halley

Paule Halley, LL.D., is a lawyer, a professor of law at Université Laval and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law. She was appointed to the KEAC in 1999.

Vanessa Chalifour– Vice-Chairperson for 2022-2023

Vanessa Chalifour holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Laval University. Since February 2021 she is a coordinator/team leader for northern projects at the Industrial, Mining, Energy and Northern Projects Environmental Assessment Branch of the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (the environment and the fight against climate change). From 2017 to 2021, she was also executive secretary of the Evaluating Committee (COMEV) and the Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (COMEX). She was appointed a member of the KEAC in 2020.


André-Anne Gagnon

André-Anne Gagnon holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Montreal as well as a master’s degree in maritime resource management from the University of Quebec in Rimouski. Since November 2020, she has been working in the National Parks Department at the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks as a project manager. Ms. Gagnon also has experience in the field of environmental assessment of northern and mining projects. She was named a KEAC member in 2020.


Members appointed by the Government of Canada


Alexandre-Guy Côté- Chairperson for 2022-2023

Alexandre-Guy Côté is an Indigenous affairs advisor with the Strategic Policy Branch, Atlantic and Québec Regions of Environment and Climate Change Canada. He was appointed to the KEAC in 2016.

Caroline Girard

Ms. Girard holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa. Since 2009, she has worked in the implementation of treaties in Quebec, initially with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and then more recently with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada as Manager of the Quebec Implementation Team. As part of her work, Caroline participates actively in the implementation of treaties concluded with the Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Nations and is member of the Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Coordinating Committee. She was appointed to the KEAC in 2020.



Marie-Noëlle Fournier

Marie-Noëlle holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and has worked for more than 15 years for programs and NPOs for territorial and community development purposes. She is now coordinator of the Indigenous relations Unit team for the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection program for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She was appointed to the KEAC in 2022.

KEAC employees

Executive Secretary: Benjamin Patenaude

Benjamin Patenaude has held the position of executive secretary since 2013.

Environmental Analyst: Nancy Dea

Nancy Dea has worked as an environmental analyst for the KEAC since 2012.

Policy Analyst: Christine Lambert.


Christine Lambert was hired as analyst in April 2022.