Who are we?

We are the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee (ICNLC) established by Ignace Municipal Council in November 2011. Our objective is to help the people of Ignace learn about Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel and involve Ignace residents in these learning activities.

We meet on a monthly basis, and the minutes and agendas for our meetings are published here. Our meetings are open to all those who are interested.

ICNLC members were selected through an open process. Your ICNLC members are:

  • Austin Thompson – Youth Representative
  • Danine Chief – Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation – Nuclear Waste Information Liaison
    • Alternate: Ursula Chief
  • Kelvin Davenport – Member
  • Kimberly Gilbart – Member
  • Lee Kennard – Mayor (Ignace)
  • Nicole Gale – Dryden Representative
    • Alternate: Greg Wilson, Dryden Mayor
  • Robert Lariviere – Member
  • Roy Fuller – Chair
  • Shaun Defeo – Council Representative (Ignace) and Vice Chair
  • Tracy Stanley – Member
  • Warren Clark – Member
  • Marco Hinds – ICNLC Project Coordinator


Members of the ICNLC

Photo of Mayor Lee Kennard Mayor Lee Kennard
Lee Grew up in Plaster Rock New Brunswick and moved to Ignace in 1976 where he was employed by Great West Timber and Great Lakes Paper up until 1982. Lee then decided to go into business for himself and owned and operated Elk Timber up to 1996. Lee then owned and operated Elk Construction until he retired and sold the business in 2008.
Lee decided he was not cut out for retirement, so together with his wife Margaret, they purchased Gramma’s Grocery Store in Ignace and have been operating it for the past four years. He was elected as Mayor of Ignace in 2010 and will always work to help ensure the well- being of the community is achieved.
Photo of Roy Fuller Roy Fuller – ICNLC Chair
Roy was born and raised in Bancroft, Ontario, then attended college in Toronto where he received his Electronic Technology Diploma. In 1967 he took an interview with TransCanada Pipe Lines and was hired to work at one of their compressor stations just west of Ignace. He had a 34 year career with them in the controls and instrumentation field until his retirement in 2001. Shortly after retirement he took on a part time job at Ricci’s Trucking. During his time in Ignace he has been a coach for minor hockey, volunteer firefighter; held executive positions on the Royal Canadian Legion and is presently the chairperson of the Ignace Police Services Board. His hobbies include fishing, bowling, badminton, walking, tinkering in his garage, working out at the gym and going to his camp. He joined the ICNLC to learn more about the nuclear waste; the safe storage of it and to contribute to the committee.
Photo of Penny Lucas Penny Lucas
ICNLC Project Coordinator

Penny Lucas grew up and raised her family in Kenora and currently lives in Ignace.
For the last 20 years, Penny has kept herself active by involving herself in her community through participation on committees and boards.
Penny has a computerized bookkeeping background; a certificate in Entrepreneurial Development; and a diploma in Interior Decorating and Design.
Over the years Penny has broadened her horizons with courses in human relations, communications and critical and creative thinking; and enhanced her skills with a Small Business Bookkeeping course through Confederation College and Business Law and Administration via correspondence through the University of Toronto.
But Penny believes her greatest achievement has been to raise two great children; and she has been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren.
Photo of Nicole Gale Nicole Gale – Dryden Representative
Nicole began her working career in a Newfoundland rural community at age 15 by starting a summer retail business as a young entrepreneur. Subsequent employment provided valuable skills in sales, marketing, customer service, accounting and computer training before moving to Ontario in 1998.
With more than 10 years progressive business experience in office administration, workplace industrial hygiene and joint health and safety; Nicole transitioned into the public sector in 2012 with the Dryden Development Corporation which manages economic development for the City of Dryden. Her experience encompasses working with private, public, not-for-profit and government organizations.
Along with her husband and two boys, Nicole is happy to call Dryden, ON home and in her spare time enjoys reading, golfing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and being a community volunteer.
Photo of Warren Clark Warren Clark – Member
Warren was born in Dryden and raised in Ignace Ontario.
Throughout his career, Warren worked for TransCanada Pipelines in a variety of roles; mechanical technician, certified mechanical industrial millwright, corrosion technician and Area Manager. His last posting was in Northern Alberta as manager of the Peace River Area. After 34 and a half years with TransCanada Pipelines Warren took an early retirement and returned to his home in Ignace.
Warren joined the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub board of directors. He was the chair of the board for a number of years and stepped down after a 10 year term.
As a member of the Ignace Community Nuclear Liaison Committee, Warren is learning about Canada’s Plan for a Deep Geological Repository to store used nuclear fuel and the impact this project would have on the Ignace community.
As with the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub board Warren continues to have the well being of the community at heart.