The WWF Arctic Programme

Paul Crowley

Vice President, Arctic


Paul Crowley, a long-time resident of Nunavut, has worked on many aspects of sustainable development in the Arctic and internationally for over 20 years.

He served as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Nunavut, Eva Aariak. A lawyer, Paul has provided counsel through the years on a wide array of Arctic matters, such as climate change, natural resource management, as well as economic and social development. Previously, he closely supported Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, to introduce human rights into UN climate negotiations and give a human face to climate change. As part of this work he conceived and helped create Many Strong Voices – a coalition between Arctic Peoples and Small Island States. Paul assisted many Inuit organizations, including as Special Counsel to the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which looked at Inuit-government relations in the Baffin region from 1950 to the 1970s, and as Executive Director of the Nunavut Social Development Council, which is charged with tabling an annual report on the state of Inuit culture and society.