Economic Development Officer, City of Iqualuit
In her role at the City of Iqaluit, Gabrielle Morrill promotes economic development that benefits residents - from making it easier to start up a business, to supporting partner organizations and governments in delivering and promoting their programs, advocating on behalf of the business community, and acting as a liaison between the business community and the municipal government. Gabby is also working on her thesis to receive a Master of Arts in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
An assets-based approach to development drives Gabby’s work. “This approach ensures that we focus on building up and capitalizing on community strengths to empower residents, rather than focusing on what we do not have,” she says. “Community-based research principles ensure that our local residents decide what they want done to benefit their community.”
At the Summit, Gabby will be advocating on behalf of the Arctic. “I do not believe that I have the privilege of being the voice for Nunavummiut or Inuit after only four years in the North,” she clarifies, “I want to encourage other participants and Southern leaders to seek them out, and be reminded that policies that may be good for the South could have disastrous socioeconomic impacts on Northerners.”
Outside of work, Gabby likes to go out for walks on the land, go to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, read articles and discuss them with friends, and eat (preferably cheese) with her friends and family.