Dr. Christine Barnard is a bilingual northern research and infrastructure executive with more than thirteen years of leadership experience in Arctic and northern research networks. As Executive Director at ArcticNet since 2019, Christine leads the team of professional staff to support, promote and develop Arctic and northern research. Working closely with the Scientific Directors, Christine has steered ArcticNet into a new phase of its mandate, focusing on empowering northern communities as research partners and signing new international partnerships that bring Canada’s Arctic expertise to the world. Prior to joining ArcticNet’s senior leadership team, Christine managed the research program at the Centre d’études Nordiques (CEN) at Université Laval, a collective of over 300 multidisciplinary researchers, graduate students, research staff and postdoctoral fellows studying northern terrestrial and freshwater systems. As science coordinator and Research and Infrastructure Manager, she oversaw the Centre’s network of research and environmental monitoring stations across the eastern Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic. Since 2006, Christine has served in various roles on the Canadian Polar Data Management Committee, the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators, the Hudson Bay Consortium Steering Committee, leading the Infrastructure Working Group for the Institut nordique du Québec, and representing Laval and CEN at the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, INTERACT and the University of the Arctic. Over the course of her academic and professional career, Christine has developed a reputation for sound program management, collaborative partnership development, and substantial science management expertise. Her passion for northern communities and experience in leading strategically in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural environments is evident in her leadership at ArcticNet. Christine holds a Master’s and Ph.D. from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in Environmental Sciences with a focus on estuarine food web dynamics, as well as a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from McGill University.