Jody Butler Walker is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, a non-profit organization with a focus on Northern Health and Well-Being located in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Jody has worked in all three territories, and has lived North of 60º for more than 25 years. Her involvement in varied research activities during this time, including contaminants and human health, indigenous health and biological oceanography, has highlighted the essential role of community-based research in Canada’s Arctic.
The current work of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR), includes CBR capacity building, knowledge translation and ethics, particularly with Yukon First Nations communities. AICBR also works in the areas of injury prevention, diabetes prevention, food security and climate change, youth engagement and literacy. Jody and her colleagues continue to seek research and funding partnerships within and outside the Yukon to strengthen community-based research opportunities in the North.
Jody has a M.Sc. in Community Health (University of Northern BC), a M.A.Sc. (Applied Science – Environmental/Civil Engineering) from UBC and a B.Sc. (U of Alberta).