List of Members

Members appointed by the Government of Quebec

Suzann Méthot, Chairperson

Suzann Méthot was born in Port-Cartier during the mining and forestry boom and grew up on the North Shore. After working in television and radio for 12 years in Montréal, she followed the call of the North and returned to her roots. She devoted some 20 years to promoting Aboriginal culture, environmental protection and orderly development of Northern Québec for the benefit of the territory’s inhabitants. During those two decades, she reconnected with her fellow citizens and developed a vast network of relationships with First Nations and Inuit leaders from diverse backgrounds. Thus began an illustrious career dedicated to sustainable development of the North, with special focus on a holistic view of land use planning grounded in environmental protection and respect for the rights and interests of Aboriginal peoples.

Prior to becoming the chairperson of COMEX in March 2016, Suzann served as regional director for Québec of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and Québec spokesperson for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. Since 2009, she has worked with governments and numerous stakeholders to implement a balanced vision of northern development and conservation through land use planning measures and decision-making processes based on best knowledge and practices in sustainable management. More specifically, Suzann was co-chair of the sustainable development working group of the previous Plan Nord Partners’ Table and is currently a member of the new Plan Nord’s Assembly of Partners. She also pushed for more roundtables and forums bringing together the scientific community, Aboriginal peoples, industry and governments to discuss common issues in the territory. Examples include the Mushuau-nipi annual northern seminars and the International Scientific Symposium under the theme “Planning the Conservation of Québec’s Northern Ecosystems: The Challenge of the Decade.” She advised the Société de développement Angus on sustainable development issues and, over the years, has also sat on the boards of directors of the Conseil de l’Environnement de Montréal, Earth Day, Fondation Rivières, des Amis du Mushau-nipi and the Station de recherche des îles de Mingan. She is regularly invited to participate in national and international panels on issues that matter to her and on which she has developed an expertise, and has taken part in numerous government consultations on different issues affecting Northern Québec.

Daniel Berrouard

Daniel Berrouard is a biologist with the Ministère du Développement Durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques, where he is Coordinator of Aboriginal Affairs. He has worked on northern environmental issues for the MDDELCC for over 35 years.

In the course of his career, he and his family made their home for some ten years in the Eeyou Istchee/ Baie-James Territory. His earliest experiences in Eeyou Istchee date back to 1973, when he was a student at the Centre d’étude nordique at Université Laval. From 2006 to 2010, he was head of the wildlife management service for Northern Quebec.

He is currently a member of the Evaluating Committee (COMEV), the Review Committee (COMEX) and the Kativik Environmental Quality Commission (KEQC). He has also been a member of the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE) and the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Coordinating Committee (HFTCC).

Robert Joly

Robert Joly holds a masters degree in the biological sciences from the Université de Montréal. He entered Quebec’s public service in 1976 and has 35 years of experience in a variety of fields related to the environment, first at the Department of Recreation, Fish and Game, and later with the Ministère du Conseil Exécutif.

In 1990, he joined the Department of the Environment as advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development. In 1992-1993, he served as interim director of the Direction des évaluations environnementales (environmental assessment directorate.) In 1993, he became head of development at the Direction des évaluations environnementales and from 1996 to 2002, he was coordinator of the bank stabilization program created in response to the torrential rains of July 1996.

From 2002 until 2011, Mr. Joly served as head of the Service des projets industriels et en milieu nordique (industrial and Northern projects) and then as interim director of environmental assessments. Mr. Joly retired from the Department in April 2011. From 2011 to 2013, he was chair of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Committee on Shale Gas.

Robert Joly was for a number of years a member of the administrative council of the Association Québécoise pour l’Évaluation d’Impacts (AQEI) and served as president of the Secrétariat International Francophone pour l’Évaluation Environnementale (SIFÉE) in 2003-2004 and 2008-2009.

Members appointed by the Cree Nation Government

Brian Craik

Mr. Craik, born in South Porcupine Ontario in 1948, is an Anthropologist who has worked on aboriginal issues in Canada since 1972. He has studied Eastern Cree culture and language and presently works in English, Cree and French. He is a Cree-appointed member of the Provincial Committee (COMEX), the Evaluating Committee (COMEV) and of the Eeyou Marine Region Impact Review Board. He coordinates Cree-Federal Relations and has been a member of the Cree Negotiation teams for agreements on human resource development, hydroelectric development, Cree-Canada relations, offshore rights in James and Hudson bays and Cree governance. In addition to working with the Crees, he has worked with the Conn River Micmacs, the Inuit of Northern Quebec, the Lubicon Crees of Albert and the Government of Canada.

John Paul Murdoch

John Paul Murdoch is a partner and the founder of the law firm Murdoch Archambault Avocats. Member of the Cree Nation of Quebec, Me Murdoch became the first of his nation to be called to the Quebec Bar. Since his admission in 2001, he has learned to weave the lessons and values of his native ancestry into his legal practice in Northern Quebec. He presently holds the position of Secretary of the Cree Nation Government. He acted as an ambassador for his people and community to the European Parliament, the United Nations Organization and the National Assembly of Quebec. Me Murdoch speaks Cree, English, French and Spanish. His practice is located in Wemindji, James Bay. As a licensed pilot, he is able to meet with clients and partners throughout Northern Quebec.

In addition to Aboriginal law, he practices corporate and administrative law. He acts as a legal advisor for several aboriginal organizations. He has conducted major negotiations involving hydroelectric, mining, wind energy and forestry developments. In 2002, he participated in negotiations that led to the Agreement Respecting a New Relationship Between the Cree Nation and the Government of Quebec (known as the Paix des Braves), managing the hydroelectricity component of the talks.

He was the president of a major aboriginal financial consortium which awarded over 600 million dollars in construction contracts. Me Murdoch was responsible for establishing the Niskamoon Corporation, which organizes concrete development activities in Northern Quebec and plays an important role in environmental monitoring programs for hydroelectric projects.

He also contributed to successful conclusion of a collaboration agreement between the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Cree Nation Government and the mining company Goldcorp, following negotiations concerning the development of the Eleonore project in Wemindji.

Me Murdoch works to promote conciliation among different groups. He founded a partnership between the Cree and the Ngöbé-Buglé people of Panama through a solar energy project.

He collaborated with the World Bank to improve its internal regulations regarding Aboriginal peoples. He also engaged in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank. Finally, Me Murdoch recently participated in improving a community development program in the context of a large-scale oil project in the Sakhalin Islands in Russia.

In the summer of 2007, Me Murdoch taught the course “Aboriginal Law on Cree Territory” for the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. This summer course focused on the Cree Nation’s internal laws, how these modern government laws manifest themselves and how relationships are developed with respect to them.

Outside of his law practice, John Paul Murdoch is a professional artist, known for his large portraits and murals. His most recent works of art are on display in the conference room of his Montreal office, as well as in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee Room of the Senate of Canada in Ottawa.