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Gregory Finnegan PhD, MA, BA Hons Research Lead Policy North

Greg was appointed to manage Policy North, an applied research group associated with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan in January 2020. At Policy North, Greg is tasked with building a business environment that can respond to the needs of northern communities for regional economic development, and business and governance solutions that can build resilient communities. 

He was most recently the CEO of the award-winning Na-cho Nyäk Dun Development Corporation in Whitehorse, Yukon (2016-2020). At NNDDC, Greg and his team created a successful First Nation corporation from a nearly bankrupt situation in three years. NNDDC is now a diversified multi-million-dollar corporation built on a virtual foundation with low overhead and high returns on investment, but with the capacity to expand into corporate ownership and asset management as required.

Greg holds a Doctorate in Canadian geography with a specialization in regional economic development from York University and continues to research and publish on Northern and Indigenous labour market issues.  Over his career, he has served as both the acting Chief of Geography at the National Atlas of Canada (NRCan) and as the Chief Statistician for the Yukon government, the executive director of an innovative technology not-for-profit and as a director of planning for a land development firm with projects active in British Columbia and Alberta. Greg has taught in geography and Canadian studies at various universities including Carleton, York and UBC.

With his background in geography, Greg is currently exploring the business, technology and research solutions and business opportunities arising out of climate change which is so drastically impacting the North and Indigenous communities.