The 2017 recipients into the Order of the Northwest Territories were inducted at a public ceremony held in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife at the end of May. Recipients are Paul Andrew, Fred Carmichael, Russell King, Linda Koe, Jeff Philipp, and Tom Zubko.
Paul Andrew is a resident of Yellowknife and was nominated for his work in culture, residential school education and healing. His focus is on teaching about Dene language and culture, building relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, healing and reconciliation, and regaining pride for the elders and hope for the youth of the Northwest Territories.
Fred Carmichael is a resident of Inuvik and was nominated for his work in business. His 60-year career in aviation sets him apart as a valuable mentor, teacher and consultant and he is recognized throughout the North as a leader and entrepreneur.
Russell King is a resident of Hay River and was nominated for his work in business. Along with his wife Mary, King is the owner and operator of Kingland Ford, which includes a body shop, tire shop, king manufacturing and mining service division, all providing employment to many people in the NWT.
Lynda Koe is a resident of Yellowknife and was nominated for her work in professions and other occupations. With over 27 years of dedicated service, her exceptional leadership skills have developed personal care practices and standards that put the residents at the Avens long-term care facility first.
Jeff Philipp, the Founder and CEO of SSi Micro Ltd, was born and raised in Fort Providence, and now resides in Yellowknife and was nominated for his work in science and technology. Philipp is passionate about northern energy issues and dedicated to reducing public dependency on diesel fuel. SSI Micro provides internet service to 56 communities across the NWT and Nunavut. He has advocated for fair competition in the NWT telecommunications market for over 20 years.
Tom Zubko is a resident of Inuvik and was nominated for his work in business. He has dedicated his life to growing the political and economic base of the Northwest Territories. His Inuvik Satellite telecommunications business has attracted international attention, hosting space operators from across the globe including Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, Spain, Japan and the United States.
The Order of the Northwest Territories, established in 2013 by the Territorial Emblems and Honours Act, recognizes individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefitting the people of the NWT or elsewhere. It is the highest honour awarded to NWT residents.