Dr. Valoree Walker is the Research Ethics Coordinator for Yukon University. She has been working at the Research Centre of the College/University since 2004. As the Research Ethics Coordinator she is responsible for ensuring the ethical conduct of research at the University. The overall responsibilities in this capacity are for the day to day operations of the Research Ethics Office, human and animal research ethics, and research compliance.  Dr. Walker coordinates activities and provides administrative and technical guidance to faculty, staff and students on human research ethics and animal care and use. She is familiar with the relevant regulations, guidelines and standards to ensure institutional compliance. As the primary point of contact for research ethics you can find her in the YukonU Research Centre facilities in room NR60 or contact her via email or phone 867-668-8857.     

Previous work included the role of Northern Coordinator of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) research network. This 7 year research program began in March 2011 with funding provided through the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  The research network examined ways for northern communities to maximize the benefits from resource developments in their regions. The details of this program and research projects are listed on the ReSDA webpage. You can also find updates on the ReSDA  Facebook page and ReSDA Twitter site.  Prior to this network was the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada (SERNNoCa) with a social science research focus on the social economy of the North. The main coordination and administration site of this network was the Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College. You will find the information on the research at

Yukon University played a key role in the coordination and support of this research network. The Yukon Research Centre of the University served as the central site for all of the communications and logistical supports of the network.

Prior to this, Valoree was the Director for the Aurora Research Institute, Aurora College based in Inuvik, NT.

Professional Experience

Research Coordinator, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic -ReSDA (2011-2017)
Co-Chair, Yukon College Research Ethics Board (2013-2017)
Research Coordinator and Administrator, Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada -SERNNoCA (2006-2012)
Director, Aurora Research Institute, Aurora College
Manager, Scientific Services, Aurora Research Institute, Aurora College


  • PhD in Animal Science (Physiology), University of Alberta
  • BSc, Zoology and Microbiology/Cell Biology, University of Calgary

Other training

  • Animal Care Committee 101: Keystone of the Institutional Program
  • Fundamentals of OCAP
  • TCPS2 CORE Tutorial
  • CAREB Research Ethics Board Basics
  • Yukon First Nations 101
  • Mental Health First Aid Canada Course
  • plain language report writing
  • website development


  • Coordinator, Yukon University Animal Care Committee (2018 – present)
  • Coordinator, Yukon University Research Ethics Board (2017-present)
  • Co-Chair of the Yukon College Research Ethics Board (2013-2017)
  • member of the Northern Public Affairs Advisory Committee (2012-2019)