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Section 3(2) of the Liquor Act allows for up to nine members of the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board, as appointed by the Minister. 

There are currently five directors on the Board, including a chairperson. To contact the Board of Directors, email

Terry Dobbin (chair)

A Nunavut resident for 20 years, Terry brings a strong community commitment to the NLLB. A former City of Iqaluit councillor, Terry has served on both City of Iqaluit and Government of Nunavut committees. He was co-chair of the city’s economic development committee involved in the development of the City of Iqaluit Community Economic Development Plan and the recently published city strategic plan. His focus during his two terms on council was on improving city infrastructure and addressing the housing shortages concerns.

In his civic role, and from having travelled throughout Nunavut’s Baffin, Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions, Terry has extensive understanding of local community challenges and opportunities associated with responsible community development. Prior to joining the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, he was employed at Northern News Services based in Iqaluit. Additionally, Terry owns and operates a small business in the territory’s capital.

Terry has a bachelor of arts from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a diploma in social sciences from Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville, Québec, and a legal studies diploma from Academy Canada in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His hobbies include fishing, guitar and hockey.

Leesa Sowdluapik

Leesa was raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. 

She spent some years in Iqaluit and now resides in Kimmirut. Leesa began her career with the Government of Nunavut in 2000. Since joining the GN, Leesa has had various roles, serving: as a travel coordinator, staff development specialist and finance officer for the Department of Health and Social Services in Iqaluit; as staff relocation officer for the Department of Education, Qikiqtani School Operations in Pond Inlet; as human resources relocation and leave and administrative coordinator for Nunavut Arctic College; and, now as Government Liaison Officer for the Department of Executive and Internal Affairs in Kimmirut.

In Pond Inlet, Leesa served as a member of the hamlet council and of the health and social services committee, which monitors and approves liquor applications for the community.

Leesa was appointed to the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Board in December 2007.

Qilak Kusugak

Qilak Kusugak, appointed to the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Board in 2017, currently resides in Rankin Inlet (where he  grew up) after spending some years in Iqaluit.

Qilak has been the director of implementation for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc since 2015, and has also held positions with the Kivalliq Inuit Association, the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Planning Commission.

Qilak has over 12 years of Board experience, including work with the Nunavut Water Board, the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation and the Kivalliq Mine Training Society.  

Qilak and his wife Denise have two  children; daughter Taylor and son Dylan. 

Miranda Atatahak

Miranda Atatahak has been a director of the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board since October 2017. Raised in Kugluktuk, Miranda has been a career development officer in the community for over seven years and is an active volunteer with a number of different activities, including the Nattiq Frolics and the Christmas committee. Miranda is currently serving as deputy mayor for the Hamlet of Kugluktuk. Some of her past board experience includes the Kugluktuk District Education Authority and the Kugluktuk Community Readiness Initiative.

Miranda’s participation as a youth ambassador on the Nunavut Liquor Act Review Task Force from 2010-2012 has given her valuable experience and familiarity with the Liquor Act, making her an important contributing member of the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board.

Bob Jancke

Bob Jancke has been a resident of the Kitikmeot region for over 35 years, and is the owner operator of Nanook Woodworking Ltd. in Cambridge Bay - a construction, general contracting and property management company.

Bob has been an active volunteer in Cambridge Bay since 1994, including working as a volunteer firefighter, coaching minor hockey, and supporting and fundraising for many other youth and community activities. As a small business and property owner, Bob brings valuable business and community experience to the Board, and in May 2018 was appointed to his second term.

Bob’s interests include spending time with family, outdoor activities and carpentry.


Valerie Inukpuk

Valerie Inukpuk is a Community Psychiatric Nurse for the Government of Nunavut in the Kivalliq region. She grew up in the communities of Nunavik and Nunavut (before it was Nunavut!) and has recently moved to Iqaluit from  Sanikiluaq.  She currently  provides community services in Mental Health and Addictions as a registered nurse. Prior to living and working in Sanikiluaq, Valerie was a police officer for Kativik Regional Police Force in Québec on the Hudson’s Bay coast. After leaving policing, Valerie went into nursing and worked for the Government of Nunavut in the Qikiqtaaluk region and later for the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections in Ontario. She has earned her diploma in Techniques Policières from John Abbott College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Dalhousie University, she is fluent in both French and English.

Valerie served as an ambassador for circumpolar issues from 2016-2019 representing Canada and speaking at international conferences about climate change, food security, and population health. She has worked with Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre to offer sexual health and wellness workshops for youth in Iqaluit and Qikiqtarjuak and continues to work to support youth in healthy relationships. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys cooking and entertaining friends with her partner Magalie.


Nancy Mike

Nancy Mike currently lives in Apex/Iqaluit, and is a mother to three daughters. Nancy works as a Research Associate: Community & Family Health for a local non-profit organization called Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and takes on some relief work at the Qikiqtani General Hospital when needed. 

Nancy attended Nunavut Arctic College/Dalhousie University and completed her BScN in 2015, has worked as a nurse at the In-patient unit at the Qikiqtani General Hospital and at the Iqaluit Elders home. Nancy truly enjoys utilizing her Inuit culture and the Inuktut language in all the work that she does.