Family status: I live in Yk with my spouse Monique. I have grown children that live in YK and Fort Smith.
Residence: I live in Yk.
Education: I graduated from Grade 12 in 1975 in Fort Smith, I attended high school in Fort Smith and Yellowknife. I was in residential school in both Akaitcho Hall and Grandin College. In 1994 I graduated from Aurora College with a Business Administration and Management Studies diploma.
Experience: I started with the Government of the NWT with the NWT Housing Corporation as an in-service trainee and worked my way to being the president. I became a director when I was 25 years old. At 39 I became the vice-president and at 42 I became president of the NWT Housing Corporation. After four years as president of the NWTHC I served as president and CEO of the NWT Development Corporation and the Business Credit Corporation. I then became the associate deputy minister of Environment and Natural Resources. In 2007 I ran for and became the MLA for Tu Nedhe. As a regular member I served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Programs. In 2011 I was acclaimed as MLA of Tu Nedhe and was elected to cabinet. From 2011 to 2013 I was the minister of Health and Social Services and minister responsible for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. In 2013 I became the minister of Transportation, the minister of Public Works and Services and the minister of Human Resources.
I am running for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh because I feel that I have done an excellent job in serving the people of Tu Nedhe as their MLA and the people of the NWT in my ministerial portfolios. It is my belief that jobs are the most important element that this government can bring to the small communities. The GNWT has spent millions of infrastructure dollars in the NWT which creates jobs in the smaller communities. The employment rates in Tu Nedhe has gone up by six to eight percent in eight years. I feel it is essential that the job of creating employment and providing much needed infrastructure to the smaller communities must continue.