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Dr. Ray Case


Dr. Case is a lifelong northerner and a long time NWT Resident. Ray retired from the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2014 following long and productive career including 26 years in various roles in wildlife research and management, three years as Director of the Environment Division and three years as Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

Ray has a PhD in Wildlife Productivity and Management from the University of Alberta. His thesis research investigated adaptations to low nitrogen intake in wapiti, reindeer and barren-ground caribou by manipulating diets of captive wapiti and reindeer and by assessing body composition and physiological status in caribou harvested during different seasons. Over his career Ray has conducted and managed numerous wildlife and environmental research projects including the supervision of four graduate students.

Ray has participated in and supported the co-management of renewable resources by providing information and advice to the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT) (member), the Bathurst Caribou Management Planning Committee (member), the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, the Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board (member) and through other regional, territorial and national partnerships.

Ray had a leadership role for the GNWT on the assessment of impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat and follow-up monitoring of non-renewable resource development projects including three diamond mine environmental assessments and the assessment of oil and gas exploration and development proposals including the Mackenzie Gas Project. Ray also has experience as a proponent in environmental assessment processes as the GNWT lead for the Giant Mine Remediation Project Environmental Assessment.

In the final years of his GNWT career, Ray led the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Devolution process.