Kelly Kamo McHugh

STEM Outreach Technician
Western Arctic Research Centre (Inuvik)


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences


Skills and expertise

  • Field work
  • Outreach
  • Drone Pilot Certificate – Basic Operations


Current Projects

  • Reindeer Station Stability Assessment in collaboration with Inuvik Community Corporation
  • Northern Canada Food Initiatives Map
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (drone) support and training for Western Arctic Communities
  • ARI STEM Outreach Program – I contribute to hands-on STEM activities for local youth and participate in community events to promote STEM in the North.
  • Western Arctic Research Centre Ethnobotany Garden – I assist with weekly Ethnobotany garden tours during the summer as well as with the maintenance of the garden.


Personal Information

Originally from Southern Ontario, I first moved to Inuvik in 2014 working on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway project for five years as an Environmental Project Technician. Since then, I have also worked for a local Inuvialuit/Gwich’in tourism company running their social media and supporting their traditional on the land activities. I am excited to now be working at ARI and am especially looking forward to the STEM on-the-land youth camps and working with local organizations to promote STEM, GIS and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) in the communities. I love being out on the land especially when it involves working with and learning from local youth, elders, and my co-workers, and I am fortunate I get to work outside often.