Louie Azzolini

Member, Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nįįtłèè and the SRB Chairperson
Louie Azzolini, Yellowknife

Louie is a long-term northern resident, having lived in the Northwest Territories for 50 years. He has extensive experience in community development, planning, environmental and socio-economic issues. He has managed the environmental assessments of four diamond mines, several gold and base metal projects and has worked effectively in diverse levels of northern Governments, Boards and Agencies, and private sector companies. Louie has a demonstrated commitment to public service in the Northwest Territories, as evidenced by his work with the Tłı̨chǫ government, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and the Government of the Northwest Territories. His extensive work as a consultant on land use and environmental concerns as the owner of his own consulting company has given him a deep understanding of the issues the Surface Rights Board will deal with. Louie’s demonstrated commitment to public service complements his well developed and balanced experience, and his expertise in land management, Aboriginal and government interests, private enterprise and economic development.

Louie holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, A Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University, and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  He began his career with the Department of Town Planning and Lands in 1981 and subsequently worked for UMA Engineering Ltd. (AECOM), Urban System Ltd., operated his own consultancy for nine years, and most recently as Executive Director of the Arctic Energy Alliance.

Louie is a Registered Professional Planner in good standing with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. Most recently he served as the Tłı̨chǫ Dispute Resolution Administrator and as a member of the City of Yellowknife Board of Revision and the Territorial Assessment Appeal Tribunal.

Louie was appointed to the NWT Surface Rights Board as the Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nįįtłèè member in 2015 and is currently serving his second term.