Nukik Corporation Welcomes Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin as CEO for a National Infrastructure Project to Bring Clean Energy and Connectivity to the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut
RANKIN INLET – Nukik Corporation (Nukik), owned by the Kivalliq Inuit Association and Sakku Investments, is announcing its executive leadership team to advance continued work on the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link (KHFL).
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin as CEO for Nukik,” announced David Kakuktinniq President of Nukik Corporation and CEO of Sakku Investments. “Anne and her leadership team will continue the important work underway on the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link as we move the project through feasibility and towards commercial development.”
“The infrastructure deficit in Nunavut is large, but Inuit are leading critical projects to ensure a brighter future,” remarked Kono Tattuinee President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association and Nukik board member. “The KHFL is a once in a generation opportunity to connect Nunavut to the rest of Canada for the first time and we are thrilled to have Anne join our team.”
The KHFL is an Inuit led national infrastructure project to bring clean energy and fibre-optic broadband to five Nunavut communities and decarbonize the mineral sector in the region. The project is moving through pre-development with support of the Federal government. The project is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help the Kivalliq region transition away from diesel energy generation. Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin joins Nukik after leading WaterPower Canada as CEO for the last eight years. She brings cross Canada connections in the renewable energy field and is committed to helping the territory decarbonize and move towards a sustainable and prosperous future.
“It is a real honour to be joining the KHFL team and contribute to bringing it to completion for Nunavummiut. This project is of colossal importance for the region and is going to be instrumental in reaching our national 2030 and beyond climate objectives,” remarked Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin.
Joining the new CEO are Adam Borowiecki and Darcy Quinn. Adam joins Nukik after project managing major transmission projects for Valard Construction for the last 10 years and Darcy joins Nukik from serving as Manager of Business and Economic Development for the BC Hydro Power Authority. The Nukik Corporation Board has approved an organizational plan that will see additional positions for Nunavummiut to come online soon. Further announcements on this and project updates will be shared.
The KHFL is a proposed 1200 km 150 megawatt transmission infrastructure project that would connect renewable energy from Manitoba to Nunavut. The project will allow Arctic communities to shift away from diesel power, move to renewable energy, and access reliable fibre-optic internet. The project was recently included in the 2021 Federal Budget. The KHFL is an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 366,000 metric tonnes annually. Fieldwork is underway to assess wildlife, aquatic, geomorphology and permafrost, and archaeology conditions along the preliminary route, while technical assessments and design planning are proceeding and a business case for the project is completed.
Learn more at www.kivalliqlink.ca
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