Minister of Education
Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College
Government House Leader
Email: pquassa [at] gov [dot] nu [dot] ca
Email: PaulQuassa [at] aggumla [dot] ca
The Honourable Paul Quassa was elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the constituency of Aggu in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Mr. Quassa was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 15, 2013, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Mr. Quassa was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013.
Mr. Quassa has held a number of offices during his career. During the 1980s, Mr. Quassa represented the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut during land claims negotiations with the Government of Canada. This process led to the historic 1993 signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Mr. Quassa was one of the official signatories to this Agreement in his capacity as President of the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut, which subsequently became Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). Mr. Quassa served as President of NTI from 2000-2002 and represented the Qikiqtani Inuit Association during its recent Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement negotiations with the mining industry in relation to the Mary River iron ore project.
Other elected offices held by Mr. Quassa include the Mayoralty of Igloolik and the Presidency of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.
Mr. Quassa’s career has also included senior positions with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, Igloolik Isuma Productions, the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, CBC North and the Ajjiit Media Association.
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Quassa served as the Chairperson of the Nunavut Planning Commission, an Institution of Public Government established under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Mr. Quassa has also served on the boards of directors of the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation and the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee.
Mr. Quassa has been a participant and guest speaker at numerous professional and academic conferences and events.
Paul and Elisapee Quassa have six children. Mr. Quassa’s personal interests include hunting, fishing and music.