Eli Turk

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Eli Turk is President, Commercial Sales for Arctic UAV, an Iqaluit, Nunavut based company. It uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to conduct aerial surveys, tourism imagery and other applications primarily in the Canadian Arctic.

He has served as Constitutional Negotiator and Director of Policy and Programs at the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITC). In those roles, he led the campaign in the Arctic for the Charlottetown Accord referendum and the ITC’s activities related to environment, self-government, and communications. He also served with the Canadian military in the High Arctic in Alert and Eureka.

He has held senior roles in the private and public sectors including Vice-President and member of the management team for Alcatel Canada and Director, International Sales for Newbridge Networks, both telecommunications equipment manufacturers. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of Industry as well as an Ontario Cabinet minister.

Eli was also Vice-President of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), where he led the CEA’s efforts to deal with their greenhouse gas emissions and was an industry representative on the Canadian Delegations to various climate change conferences. He was also Director, International Relations for McGill University where he managed several key international research partnerships and activities.

Eli spent one year as a research fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) and was named a top “forty under forty” by the Ottawa Business Journal. He holds a graduate degree (MPA) from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and has a Graduate Diploma in International Development as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Ottawa.