Grant Sullivan, Executive Director
Grant is a recognized policy leader in clean energy sector with years of experience in both the private and public sectors. He excels at transcending the boundaries between the business community and Indigenous governments in the Arctic. Born and raised in Inuvik and currently residing in Whitehorse, Grant holds a Bachelor of Management with a Minor in Finance from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada). He currently is the Executive Director of Gwich’in Council International, which represents Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Alaska in the Arctic Council, helping to give Giwch’in a voice in Circumpolar policy discussions concerning sustainable development and the environment.
As a proud Gwich’in beneficiary, Grant has been an active member of the governing Gwich’in institutions. He has been the Chair of the Gwichi’in Settlement Corporation, which oversees over $140 million in assets; Board Representative and Lead Business Representative of the Nihtat Gwich’in Development Board; and was an active participant in the Gwich’in/Imperial Oil Access and Benefit Negotiations for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. He has also been the Financial Controller at the Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services.
Grant’s focus on clean energy is motivated by his first hand experience of witnessing climate change on the land, mountains, and rivers, and the impact that these changes are having on traditional lifestyles. He believes that by implementing clean energy initiatives to meet energy needs, can benefit both the environment and the community.
He is currently the co-lead of the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy Project pursued by the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group and is a graduate of the 2020 Catalyst Program.