Born and raised in British Columbia, Katrina graduated from UBC in 2001 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering. After graduation, she spent time working with young people, teaching English in South Korea, and travelling through Japan, China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, eventually moving to Yellowknife in 2006. Yellowknife quickly became her home and she settled into her place on School Draw where she has lived for the last 10 years.
For almost 13 years, Katrina has worked as a consultant in the environmental, earthworks, and ice engineering fields, travelling extensively to sites throughout the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon. That work, and her involvement with the people in the communities, has given her a deep understanding and appreciation of what we have here in the north and how we need to protect and develop it carefully. Katrina has worked closely with Indigenous groups over the years in her work and believes they will play a key role in the future success of the Northwest Territories.
Throughout her career Katrina has worked on the Giant Mine Remediation Project in several capacities, both as a consultant and as the Environmental Coordinator for the Care and Maintenance Contractor. In that role she was responsible for overseeing all environmentally related work onsite including environmental monitoring and compliance.
For more than a decade Katrina has served on various elected bodies and not-for-profit groups in the territory. As a Director with the YWCA she has become more informed on the issues facing women, children, and families in the territory as they struggle with domestic violence, food insecurity, and the cost of living. Katrina often mentors young women entering the engineering and geoscience professions and has served as a Guide Leader with the Girl Guides of Canada since 2007, modeling leadership to young women and believing in the tenet “you can’t be what you can’t see”.
In 2015, Katrina was elected to the first of two three-year terms as a councillor with NAPEG, the engineering and geoscience regulatory body in the NWT. From the time she arrived in the North she has been an active member of a variety of NAPEG committees, including the Education Foundation and the Professional Development committees. In that capacity Katrina has ensured the number of women speakers at NAPEG’s annual PD conference has increased, as well she has presented and informed on her own challenges as a woman in STEM. Katrina was the first female President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – NT.
Katrina is a strong supporter of the NWTSPCA and the work they do in providing spay and neuter clinics to the communities, having adopted two cats through the society herself. In her free time, she often volunteers at community events such as Folk on the Rocks, the North Slave Metis Fish Fry, the Long John Jamboree, and Pride. She keeps active by playing soccer and slopitch in local recreational leagues.
Katrina is committed to life in the North and the people of the Northwest Territories. She believes we are on the threshold of major change and her environmental and engineering background, coupled with the leadership and mentorship roles she has held, will serve well the residents of the riding of Great Slave and the rest of the territory.