Jesse Tungilik | Executive Director

Jesse Tungilik is a multi-disciplinary artist and Executive Director of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Jesse recently joined NACA after three and a half years as Intern Manager of Cultural Industries with the Government of Nunavut Department of Economic Development and Transportation in Pangnirtung. He is a life-long artist starting off working in ceramics when he was 8 years old at the Matchbox Gallery in Rankin Inlet. Later, he also worked as a jewellery artist at Mathew Nuqinqaq’s Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit. He has designed and painted public murals, his mixed-media contemporary sculpture has been exhibited at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, and the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit. He also enjoys writing short fiction. The grandson of celebrated Naujaat carver Marc Tungilik, Jesse spent his youth admiring the skill and creativity of his grandfather, and sought to create art that challenged the preconceptions of what Inuit art is traditionally thought of and which reflected the contemporary reality of his surroundings.


Lise Chouinard | Administrative Assistant

Lise Leslie Pakak Joapie Ujarak Tuunngaaluk Chouinard is originally from Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), she is the daughter of Palluq and Paul Chouinard. Lise has worked for the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Membership Coordinator and for the Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit and the Northern Lights Trade Show in Ottawa as a Production Assistant. Most recently, Lise has worked with the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association as the Nunavut Arts Festival Coordinator and Production Assistant for the Artist’s Market at the Northern Perspectives Trade Show in Winnipeg. Outside of work, Lise enjoys painting and spending time with her children.


Justin Ford | Director of Programming

Justin has lived in Iqaluit for eight years and joined the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association in 2010. Since then, Justin has coordinated NACA’s programming including the development and production of six Nunavut Arts Festivals. In his current role as Director of Programming, he has overseen many successful projects and events and forged strong relationships with artists and other stakeholders across the territory. Justin is also an award-winning filmmaker. His feature-length independent film Heavens Floor, won Best Narrative Feature at the NAPA Valley Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at the Alaska International Film Awards, Best Actress at El Dorado Film Festival and was described as, “Heartwarming, despite all the ice and snow” by the Hollywood Reporter.


Kathleen Nicholls | Manager of Communications and Membership

As the Manager of Communications and Membership at the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, Kathleen leads communications and marketing projects and oversees the organization’s engagement initiatives. Previously, she was the Programming Coordinator at Galerie SAW Gallery in Ottawa, where she coordinated and co-curated exhibitions and oversaw the operations of Club SAW, hosting over 700 arts and cultural events during her time there. Her curatorial work has been featured and received favourable reviews in BLOUIN ARTINFO,, Canadian Art, Le Devoir, Global National News, The London Art File, Nunatsiaq News, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, Ottawa Xpress, The Royal Academy of Arts and Voir. She has taught courses in visual arts and communications at Nunavut Arctic College and the University of Windsor, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University.


Thomas Rohner | Canada 150 Project Coordinator

Thomas Rohner joined the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association in 2017 to spearhead NACA’s ambitious Canada 150 Project. The aim of the $500,000 project is to coordinate and distribute funds to at least 10 Nunavut community events or projects marking Canada’s 150th birthday. Partnering with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Nunavut Tourism, Nunavut Film and the Inuit Heritage Trust, Thomas headed a Canada 150 committee that approved fourteen community celebrations in twelve different communities. Thomas has lived in Iqaluit for three years, most of which he spent as a daily reporter for Nunatsiaq News, where he won multiple awards for his reporting. Thomas continues to pursue his passion for investigative journalism and writing while also teaching piano lessons.