Guest? Potential Sponsor? Questions? Get in touch.
All inquiries should be directed to:
Phone: +1 867 444 3363
Sheila Bassi Kellett – Executive Lead
Sheila Bassi-Kellett is a 28 year resident of the Northwest Territories who has worked extensively in community/governance development for the majority of her professional life in both Tulit’a and Yellowknife. Sheila has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Masters of Arts from Royal Roads University.
Sheila started working for the GNWT in 1988 – for Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) as a researcher in local government development. In 1994, Sheila moved to Tulit’a, Northwest Territories, to manage the local government. Returning to Yellowknife in 1997, Sheila worked for GNWT as a Self Government Negotiator, and then held various positions in the Executive, including Cabinet Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant to a Minister. In 2002, Sheila became the Director of Corporate Affairs for MACA and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Deputy Minister in 2005. She was appointed to the Department of Human Resources as Associate Deputy Minister in 2010 and subsequently Deputy Minister in 2011. Under her leadership in Human Resources, the GNWT was recognised as a Top 100 Employer in Canada, collective agreements were successfully negotiated in 2012 and Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training was established and made mandatory for all GNWT employees. Sheila left the GNWT in 2014 to pursue other interests and opportunities.
Katie Johnson – Project Manager
A member of Kluane First Nation, and owner of Bella Elite Events & Consulting, Katie Johnson is one of the North’s most experienced producers of arts, culture and tourism events, recognized for her work in building communities. She works closely with clients, bringing bright energy, creative approaches and collaborative methods to meet their needs and consistently exceed expectations. She organized The Gathering of Northern Nations, the first pan-northern Aboriginal tradeshow & cultural expo during the 2007 Canada Winter Games. She produced the widely acclaimed Yukon First Nations 2010 showcase at the Vancouver Olympics. In 2011 and 2012 she created the Adäka Cultural Festival, a seven-day multi faceted aboriginal celebration. Most recently, she was Executive Producer for the Yukon cultural program presented at the 2013 Annual General Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations and the first ever Yukon First Nations Emerging Leadership Gathering this summer held in Brooks Brook, Teslin. www.bellaelite.ca
Meagan Wohlberg – Media Relations
Meagan Wohlberg is an award-winning journalist based out of Fort Smith, NWT. Originally from rural, north-central Saskatchewan, Meagan pursued her Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan before completing her graduate diploma in journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to earning her media badge, Meagan was an active community organizer in a number of social movements focused on eliminating class, race and gender-based oppression. She now works full time as editor of the Northern Journal, a weekly newspaper covering northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Iman Kassam – Community Outreach Volunteer
Iman Kassam is a Gujarati Khoja living in Yellowknife. Her family comes from Kampala, Uganada and Zaire, Kinshasha. She went to school in Ontario, spent 12 years touring and performing as a drummer, and is now a news reporter for the Native Communications Society of the Northwest Territories. She is the co-founder of Agitate: A Queer Women of Colour Collective. Iman is also the Arts Coordinator for NWT Pride, the only festival celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, interest, intergender, asexual, pansexual people of the Northwest Territory.