Staff Members


Ben Kogvik
Director of Board Administration and Communications

Ben Kogvik has been with the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) since its inception in the mid 1990's and is currently the Secretary to the Board and doubles as in-house interpreter/translator where he is fluent in both Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. Ben holds management certificates from the Banff Centre for Management Studies and the Nunavut Sivuliuqtit Program with Nunavut Arctic College/Canadian Centre for Management Development (1999). Ben is a former teacher, vice-principal and teacher consultant and has served as vice-president and president of the Inuit Teachers Specialist Council for the Northwest Territory.

Stephanie Autut
Executive Director

Stephanie Autut is the Executive Director of the Nunavut Water Board. She received her B.A from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Environmental Protection Technology certification from Centennial College, both in Ontario. Stephanie moved north in 1997 after accepting a 6 month teaching position with Nunavut Arctic College and that is when she was bit by the northern bug. After fulfilling short term contracts with the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Stephanie accepted the position of Executive Director with the NIRB in 2000, a position she held for 11 years. Stephanie left Nunavut in 2011 to pursue new opportunities related to water management directly within the mining industry and regulatory affairs. Stephanie moved back to Nunavut in August 2015.


Raymond Quqshuun
Director Corporate Services

Raymond Quqshuun SR was born and raised in Gjoa Haven. Raymond is fluent in both Inuktitut and English. Previously, Raymond has worked with the Department of Education (NWT) in various teaching capacities for more than seven years. He has also previously worked as a manager for the local Housing Association for five years and for the NWT Housing Corporation district office in Cambridge Bay, as the regional Programs Manager responsible for the Eastern Kitikmeot Region. Raymond worked as Manager of Finance for Gjoa Haven Education Council and 21 years with the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven as its Senior Executive Officer and Finance Accountant.

Raymond also serves on various boards and regional organisations in the NWT and Nunavut, as a member or chairperson. His experience includes chairing the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board, being a member on the Kitikmeot Corporation Board of Directors, and on the International Polar Year Organization. Locally, Raymond also serves voluntarily various local organizations including the District Education Authority, the local Co-op Board of Directors and the local Housing Authority.

Raymond received various training through the NWT Arctic College and Territorial Government, including Executive Leadership Training with the Northern Leadership Centre (in partnership with Queens University, School of Business and Cornell University in the state of New York).

Edna Porter
Finance Officer

Born and raised in Gjoa Haven, Edna has also lived in Yellowknife, Cambridge Bay and Taloyoak. Previously employed with the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven starting in 1996, Edna joined the NWB in October 2011 as a Finance Officer. She also previously worked with the Kikitak Housing association as Tenant Relation Officer and Clerk Receptionist.

Edna completed her schooling in Cambridge Bay and Yellowknife. She has also completed several courses in Office management, Financial management (Accpac software), and also the Nunavut Sivuliuqtit Program in Rankin Inlet and Ottawa.


Karén Kharatyan
Senior Technical Advisor / Acting Licensing Manager

Karén Kharatyan joined the Nunavut Water Board in August, 2010. He has 10 years of water resources management and environmental inspection experience. Prior to joining the NWB, Karén was employed as a Water Resources Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Eastern Region. He holds a PhD degree in hydrogeology from the University of Avignon, a Master’s degree in Water Sciences from the University of Montpellier and other degrees in geology.

David Hohnstein
Director Technical Services

David Hohnstein first joined the NWB in 2003 as the Technical Advisor (mining) and later in 2007 as the Director Technical Services. David is a certified engineering technologist (Environmental), registered with The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET). Prior experience has included several years with the Alberta Government, Environmental Protection Branch (Municipal Engineering) followed by approximately 19 years with Echo Bay Mines Ltd. as the site environmental technologist at the Lupin Mine Site and later as Manager of Environmental Affairs.


Ida Porter
Licence Administrator


Richard Dwyer
Licensing Administrator