The Honourable Paul A. Quassa


Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

Legislative Office: 

Phone: (867) 975-5019
Fax: (867) 975-5112
Email: pquassa [at] assembly [dot] nu [dot] ca

Constituency Office: 

P.O. Box 238
Igloolik, NU
X0A 0L0
Phone: (867) 934-4060
Fax: (867) 934-4050
Email: paulquassa [at] aggumla [dot] ca

The Honourable Paul Quassa was re-elected in the general election held on October 30, 2017, to represent the constituency of Aggu in the 5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

Mr. Quassa was elected as Speaker during the February 26, 2020, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Mr. Quassa formally took the Chair at the sitting of the House held later that day.

Mr. Quassa previously served as Nunavut’s fourth Premier from November 21, 2017 to June 14, 2018. During his tenure, he also served as Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister responsible for the Utility Rates Review Council and Minister responsible for Seniors.

Mr. Quassa previously sat as a Member of the 4th Legislative Assembly, during which he served as Government House Leader, Minister of Education, and Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College.

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 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.