Merrell-Ann Phare, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources. Merrell-Ann is a lawyer and author. She is former Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories in their negotiation of transboundary water agreements in the Mackenzie River Basin and in negotiating Thaidene Nene national and territorial parks. As Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), she has worked to assist First Nations in addressing many environmental issues they face. Merrell-Ann is legal counsel and advisor to a number of Indigenous and other governments and organizations and regularly speaks on topics addressing environmental issues, Aboriginal rights, and governance.