Yukon Environment and Socio economic Assessment Board chair to change

Dale Eftoda’s appointment to the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board has passed its best-before date.

Dale Eftoda’s appointment to the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board has passed its best-before date.

His term as chair expired on Thursday and will not be renewed.

Former Yukon commissioner Ken McKinnon is being floated as his possible successor.

“As disappointed as I am to leave, I have to trust that the minister (of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) will choose the right person to replace me,” said former Yukon Liberal environment minister, Eftoda from his home Friday.

The board was established three years ago. Eftoda was its first chair.

 “It was an excellent experience, building the organization from the ground up and watching it grow,” said Eftoda.

McKinnon said he has not received any official offers to replace Eftoda, but has spoken with Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Jim Prentice about several positions on the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board.

McKinnon has worked for the Liberal and Conservative governments of Canada and drafted a report on BC’s electoral reform process for the Yukon Party.

“When various governments have suggested to me that I could be helpful, I’ve always accepted those opportunities,” he said, when asked if he would accept a Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board appointment, should it be offered to him.

The Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board makes recommendations to the territorial government on development projects.

Recently it has assessed a funeral home project in Porter Creek and a land treatment facility proposal for the Haeckel Hill area.

There are seven board members and from this board three members are chosen to form an executive committee, which reviews plans and existing projects.

As chair, Eftoda sat on this committee.