Bio of Fred E. Koe, CMA, CAFM

Fred E. Koe is retired from the Government of NWT. He currently serves on public boards including, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, the Gwichin Land Use Planning Board and the Metis-Dene Development Fund.

Mr. Koe is Gwich’in and a member of the Gwich’in Band of Inuvik. Mr. Koe was born in Aklavik, NWT and completed his high school education in Inuvik, NWT. He earned a Business Management Diploma in 1970 from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and subsequently a Financial Management Certificate in 1975 from Algonquin College in Ottawa and a Certified Management Accounting (CMA) degree in 1977 from the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta. Mr. Koe participated in the Public Service Commission’s Career Assignment Program in 1981. In 2002, Mr. Koe received his professional designation as a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM).

Mr. Koe began his government career in 1971 as Settlement Secretary in Fort McPherson, NWT. From 1973-77 he worked as an auditor in Edmonton and Yellowknife. From 1977-81 he served as Chief of Finance and Administration for the Department of Health and Social Services in Yellowknife. He undertook various special assignments for the Federal and Territorial governments from 1981-85, and served as Regional Superintendent of Economic Development and Tourism in Inuvik during 1985-87. Mr. Koe was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism in 1987, and the following year was seconded to the Dene/Metis Negotiations Secretariat as the Executive Director. Mr. Koe also served as the Implementation Negotiator for the Gwich’in Tribal Council during their comprehensive land claims negotiations.

In 1991, Mr. Koe was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories representing the constituency of Inuvik. As an MLA, Mr. Koe chaired the Standing Committee on Agencies, Boards and Commissions, and the members’ Caucus Committee. Mr. Koe was also a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and an alternate member of the Standing Committee on Legislation. He also chaired the Constitutional Committee for three years.

After his term as an MLA in 1995, Mr. Koe operated a private consulting company, where he worked for many clients in Aboriginal, constitutional and economic development activities. Mr. Koe was also the Chairperson of the Workers Compensation Board of the NWT in 1997. In September 1997, Mr. Koe was appointed as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. From April 1991 to March 2004 Mr. Koe served as President and CEO of the NWT Development Corporation.

Mr. Koe is a professional member of the Society of Management Accountants of the NWT and of the Aboriginal Finance Managers Association of NWT. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Elks of Canada, Past-President of the Yellowknife Curling Club, President of the NWT Canada Day Committee, and is the President of the NWT Aboriginal Golf Association.

Mr. Koe and his wife Lynda have three children; Kevin, Jamie and Kerry. Mr. Koe is an active participant and organizer in curling and golf, and loves hunting, fishing and dancing.


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