The Current Research Steering Committee

Carol Kobliski, Nelson House Cree Nation

Dave Swanson, Norway House Cree Nation

Derek Kornelsen, Rootstalk Resources

Diana Traverse, Lake St. Martin

Jarvis Brownlie, University of Manitoba

Kerry Saner-Harvey, Interchurch Council on Hydropower

Leslie Dysart, Community Association of South Indian Lake

Martina Saunders, York Factory First Nation

Melanie O’Gorman, University of Winnipeg

Myrle Ballard, University of Manitoba

Peter Kulchyski, University of Manitoba

Ramona Neckoway, University College of the North

Roland Robinson, Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Steph McLachlan, University of Manitoba

Warren Cariou, University of Manitoba


Executive Committee

  • The organizational structure of the Alliance calls for a smaller Executive within the Research Steering Committee that can deal with quick, day-to-day decisions. The Executive will meet as needed.
  • The Executive is comprised of Steph McLachlan, Warren Cariou, Les Dysart, and Ramona Neckoway.

Research Steering Committee

  • The current Steering Committee is comprised of Steph McLachlan (UM), Peter Kulchyski (UM), Warren Cariou (UM), Jarvis Brownlie (UM), Myrle Ballard (UM), Ramona Neckoway (UCN), Dave Swanson (NHCN), Melanie O’Gorman (UW), Carol Kobliski (NCN), Diana Traverse (Lake St. Martin), Martina Saunders (YFFN), Les Dysart (SIL), Derek Kornelsen, and Roland Robinson (PCN)
  • The Research Steering Committee meets every 3 months and reports back to the larger Alliance at Annual Gatherings.

RCEA & AFP Working Committee

  • Comprised of Stef McLachlan (UM), Peter Kulchyski (UM), Ramona Neckoway (UCN),  Carol Kobliski (NCN), Diana Traverse (Lake St. Martin), Dave Scott (SLFN), Les Dysart (SIL), and Victoria Grima (UM).
  • The committee focuses on the processes of the Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment and the Augmented Flow Program.
  • Formed on January 23rd, 2018, the committee held its first meeting on February 6th, 2018, which resulted in the application and acceptance of Wa Ni Ska Tan to have intervenor status for the NEB hearings related to the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

Create an Ad-hoc Committee

  • Anyone can propose a committee as situations arise and are needed. To suggest a committee, please email


Executive Committee

  • Quick, day-to-day decisions and budget decisions under $10,000.

Research Steering Committee

  • Governance, long-term planning, research, and actions, input on annual Gatherings, hiring, student funding, and budget decisions over $10,000.
  • Funding decisions for both research projects and cross-community projects.