Executive Director | Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat
Ph.D. Student | University of Guelph
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar 2017
Jamie Snook was born in Mary’s Harbour, Labrador, within the NunatuKavut territory of the Southern Labrador Inuit. For the past 13 years, Jamie has been extensively involved in research, leadership, and public policy through his senior leadership positions and public service in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Having been the Executive Director of the Combined Councils of Labrador, Jamie has a holistic perspective on the Labrador region and its communities. In 2013 he was well positioned to run for the Office of Mayor in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the region’s largest Indigenous populated town. Jamie was successful with 69% of the vote and served as the community’s 8th Mayor.
As the long-standing Executive Director for the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat he has a first-hand perspective on Indigenous co-management in Canada. In this leadership role, Jamie is often immersed in inter-governmental and interdisciplinary discussions about Snow Crab, Greenland Halibut, Northern Shrimp, Polar Bear, and Caribou. He has served as a member of Canadian delegations to international forums such as the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Jamie had been influenced through the 2008 Governor General’s Leadership Conference and has subsequently become well known for his promotion and advocacy of community health through the founding of the Trappers’ Running Club, and the Trapline Marathon. The success and impact of these initiatives led to Volunteer of the Year, Executive of the Year, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal honors. Jamie has carried these interest into his role as Mayor and continues to advocate for community wellness, and environmental initiatives.
Jamie holds a Business Administration degree, a professional designation from the Canadian Institute of Management, as well as a Masters in Ethno-Political Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University where his action research and thesis focused on the implementation of the tripartite funded, Indigenous co-management boards created through the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.
In 2016, Jamie started his Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Guelph’s Department of Population Medicine within the Ontario Veterinary College, working with Dr. Sherilee Harper, Dr. James Ford, and Dr. Chris Furgal. Jamie is interested in the social sciences, transdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, experiential learning, Indigenous co-management, environmental stewardship, sustainable utilization, traditional knowledge, wildlife and fisheries management, public policy analysis, communications, community wellness, community engagement, social determinants of health, governance, and leadership. His Ph.D. research focuses on Indigenous co-management of wildlife, plants, and fisheries in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
Jamie has completed 16 marathons, is an avid reader, a public speaker, and lifelong learner. In 2016, Jamie was an educational staff member on the 2016 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition to Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, and Greenland. 116 students participated and 43 were Indigenous. Jamie is well traveled having visited all of Labrador, the Canadian provinces and territories, and many international locations such as Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, United States, Thailand, Russia, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Greenland, England, Switzerland, Holland, France, Morocco, Germany, and Sweden.