YDC appointments under question

The Yukon Party government appointed four new board members to the Yukon Development Corporation on Thursday. But questions have been raised about the selection process.

The Yukon Party government appointed four new board members to the Yukon Development Corporation on Thursday.

But questions have been raised about the selection process.

At the height of the ATCO scandal in June, four members of the corporate board resigned in protest of Premier Dennis Fentie’s backroom negotiations to privatize Yukon Energy.

That included corporation chair Willard Phelps.

The four new members are Energy Mines and Resources assistant deputy minister Ray Hayes, local engineer Eric Nyland, prospector Kevin Brewer and accountant Mark Pike.

Pat Irvin, a political ally of the premier who took over Phelps’ position as chair, was also officially appointed to the corporation yesterday.

Hayes replaces Irvin as chair.

Yukon Development Corporation board members also sit on the board of the Yukon Energy Corporation and have a three-year term.

Steve Cardiff, the NDP representative on the legislative Standing Committee on Appointments to Major Government Boards and Committees, has voiced his concerns.

“The nominees are qualified people, who represent business and government,” said Cardiff.

“But they don’t bring in a perspective from the environmental movement, labour organizations, or even women, for that matter.”

There was also no public advertising for the positions, he said.

“In my mind it seems to be an invitational process,” Cardiff continued.

“There were four vacancies and only four names were put forward.”

“It wasn’t a public process to solicit the candidates for these positions, and they’re important positions,” he added.

Cardiff feels that the process to replace the board members should be as transparent as possible, given the controversy that surrounded their resignations.

On June 8, half of Yukon Energy’s board of directors resigned after finding out that Fentie had misled them.

Fentie told them that the government was looking into rationalization – an asset swap that would simplify the relationship between Yukon Energy and the Yukon Electrical Company.

In fact, the government was looking at privatizing Yukon Energy, and Fentie himself discussed this with the Calgary-based corporation, ATCO.

Cardiff wanted to know why there were only four nominees for the four positions, how they were solicited, and what happened to the plan to create separate boards for the YDC and YEC.

Yesterday, he put these questions to Fentie during question period.

“The process used was the normal process,” said Fentie.

“Names came forward, expressions of interest came forward, the government conducted itself and the business it’s required and obligated to do to appoint the people to boards and committees.”

Fentie said that there were no individual invitations to apply for the position.

And when asked why the selection wasn’t more diverse, the premier pointed out that, of the existing board members, three are First Nation and one of them is a woman.

“There is very good representation of the cross-section of the Yukon public on the Yukon Development Corporation Board, as there is on many other boards,” he added.

Calls to Fentie and Elaine Taylor, chair of the appointment committee, were not returned.

Contact Chris Oke at

chriso@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

d
Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

g
Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
RCMP hosting internet safety webinars for parents and caregivers

The webinars will take place on March 23 and 25

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

Most Read