Sarah Kalhok Bourque

Acting Director

Northern Science and Contaminants Research, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


Sarah Kalhok Bourque is the A/Director of Northern Science and Contaminants Research with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. In this capacity, Ms. Kalhok Bourque leads the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), chairing its multi-stakeholder management committee and managing its Secretariat, and also serves as the Canadian Head of Delegation to the Arctic Council's Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), coordinating and delivering Canada's position on environmental and health monitoring issues to international fora. NCP and AMAP are well-established and highly regarded national and international programs, respectively, that focus on key Arctic environmental issues of contaminants and climate change, and provide sound science-based assessments and advice to inform policy and decision-making processes. Prior to this, Sarah Kalhok Bourque was part of the core team that developed Canada's Program for the International Polar Year (IPY), and she was subsequently Manager and Science Manager of the Government of Canada Program for IPY. Based in Ottawa with her husband and their young children, she used to call the North her home while working for the Aurora Research Institute in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Ms. Kalhok Bourque holds Masters of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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