Premier Paul Quassa was selected by his colleagues in the 5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut to lead the territory on November 17, 2017. He was sworn-in as Nunavut’s fourth Premier on November 21, 2017.
Premier Quassa was first elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the constituency of Aggu. He was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the 4th Legislative Assembly as Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College and Government House Leader.
Premier Quassa has held a number of offices during his career. During the 1980s, Mr. Quassa represented the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut during land claims negotiations with the Government of Canada. This process led to the historic 1993 signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Premier Quassa was one of the official signatories to this Agreement in his capacity as Chief Negotiator and President of the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut, which subsequently became Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI).
Premier Quassa served as President of NTI from 2000-2002 and represented the Qikiqtani Inuit Association during its Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement negotiations with the mining industry in relation to the Mary River iron ore project. He has also served as Mayor of Igloolik and the President of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.
Premier Quassa’s career has also included senior positions with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, Igloolik Isuma Productions, the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, CBC North and the Ajjiit Media Association. Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Quassa served as the Chairperson of the Nunavut Planning Commission, an Institution of Public Government established under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Mr. Quassa has also served on the boards of directors of the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation and the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee.
Premier Quassa and his wife Elisapee have six children and 12 grandchildren. Mr. Quassa’s personal interests include hunting, fishing and music.