George Hickes was first elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the constituency of Iqaluit-Tasiluk in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He was re-elected to the 5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut on October 30, 2017. On June 14, 2018, Mr. Hickes assumed the role of Minister of Finance. In November 2015, he was named Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation and Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation. In June 2016 he became the Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention.
Prior to his election, Mr. Hickes held senior positions in the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Department of Education and Qulliq Energy Corporation. Mr. Hickes also served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Education.
His background in finance, policy and government has led to a well-rounded ability to assist his constituents in Iqaluit and the people of Nunavut.
Mr. Hickes was born in Churchill, Manitoba, and attended Red River College in Winnipeg. Prior to making Iqaluit his home in 2004, Mr. Hickes worked in the banking industry and owned his own small manufacturing business in Thompson, MB.
Mr. Hickes has been a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Canadian Rangers and a youth hockey coach. George and his spouse, Signi, have three children: Hope, Lily (Piungwasluq) and Sara (Putuguq). Mr. Hickes’s personal interests include hunting, fishing and golfing.