The protection of the health of the local and Indigenous populations will guide the work of the IEAC

With this in mind the IEAC mandate is:

  • to use the best available scientific research and Indigenous knowledge to assess and limit methylmercury impacts. Options for consideration include, but are not limited to, further clearing of the Muskrat Falls Reservoir.
  • to review all monitoring plans and results to inform mitigation of methylmercury impacts
  • to direct research activities and recommend additional monitoring and mitigation measures where required for the protection of the health of Indigenous and local populations. 

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The work of the IEAC is guided by the following objectives:


To review and direct scientific and Indigenous knowledge research that will help us make evidence-based recommendations for the protection of health of the Indigenous and local populations who harvest and consume country foods in the Churchill River and Lake Melville.

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To review human health monitoring plans and, if necessary, recommend additions or changes to those plans that will make them robust and integrated, and result in the protection of human health as it relates to the exposure to methylmercury. 

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To review the results of all monitoring plans, measures, and programs, and all relevant research, studies and assessments that relate to the protection of human health.

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To make recommendations to the responsible Ministers and regulators regarding mitigation, monitoring and management measures that will protect the health of the Indigenous and local population who harvest and consume country foods in the Churchill River and Lake Melville. 

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The Expert Committee

Meet the three indigenous Knowledge Experts and six Scientific Experts that make up the Expert sub-committee of the IEAC.

Dr. Kenneth J. Reimer

Dr. Kenneth J. Reimer

Dr. Reimer has over 40 years’ experience in the environmental field as a professor, scientific advisor and expert. His expertise includes... Read More

Stewart Michelin

Stewart Michelin

Mr. Michelin is a traditional Inuk hunter, trapper and fisher. He is a lifelong resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay with deep family roots in Lake... Read More

Etienne Pone

Etienne Pone

Mr. Pone, with twenty-five years experience in his position as Guardian, is the longest serving member of the Innu Nation’s environment... Read More

David Wolfrey

David Wolfrey

David Wolfrey is an Inuk from Rigolet Nunatsiavut, where he still lives. He grew up as a hunter, trapper and fisher, and was raised to respect... Read More

Jane L. Kirk<span class='team-bio-title'>, PhD</span>

Jane L. Kirk, PhD

Dr. Kirk has been a research scientist with the Aquatic Contaminants Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada... Read More

Trevor Bell<span class='team-bio-title'>, PhD</span>

Trevor Bell, PhD

Dr. Bell (PhD Alberta 1992) is a University Research Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. For over three... Read More

Dr. Maureen Baikie<span class='team-bio-title'>, MD, FRCP(C)</span>

Dr. Maureen Baikie, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Baikie is a public health physician who received a BSc in Pharmacy from the... Read More

David R.S. Lean<span class='team-bio-title'>, PhD</span>

David R.S. Lean, PhD

Dr. Lean achieved a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1962 and a Ph.D in Zoology... Read More

James McCarthy<span class='team-bio-title'>, M.Sc.</span>

James McCarthy, M.Sc.

Mr. McCarthy is an associate biologist with Amec Foster Wheeler. He achieved a B.Sc. in Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland... Read More

Wolfgang Jansen<span class='team-bio-title'>, PhD</span>

Wolfgang Jansen, PhD

Dr. Jansen has been an aquatic scientist with North/South Consultants Inc. in Winnipeg since 2001. From 1999-2009, he was a consulting/casual... Read More