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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier’s Yellowknife research office, which it has maintained since 2017, is a vital hub for its cold regions research and for its longstanding partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). A year-round physical presence in the territorial capital allows Laurier to meet regularly with GWNT and other partners and develop strong working relationships with community members and organizations across the Northwest Territories.

The Laurier Yellowknife research office is located in the W.H. Bromley Building in downtown Yellowknife, in Chief Drygeese territory. Yellowknife is the traditional land of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and the homeland of the North Slave Métis. The Laurier office is home to several year-round staff. It also regularly provides temporary workspace to Laurier faculty and staff with research projects in the North, as well as to students, who often spend a few months at a time based in Yellowknife as they complete field research. The office also offers support and space to researchers from partner institutions, and manages access to research equipment stored in a nearby warehouse.

The office is an important base for Laurier's research activities in the North and for liaising with partners, including various levels of government and Indigenous communities. It is also a base for planning community outreach activities with local partners.

A Northern Base

The year-round research office in Yellowknife is developing Laurier’s national and international leadership in cold regions research and partnerships. Check out our active projects across the North



Seamus Daly, Spatial Analyst and Coordinator

Seamus Daly is a spatial analyst and coordinator based out of the Yellowknife research office. Seamus is the manager of the Northwest Territories Thermokarst Mapping Project, a collaboration with the Northwest Territories Geological Survey. Seamus is member of the Dehcho Collaborative on Permafrost (DCOP), providing services including data management, analysis, mapper coordination and training. 

Seamus is a lifelong resident of Yellowknife. He ​​completed an MSc in physical geography at the University of Lethbridge where he studied permafrost distribution in the community of Whatì, NT.  

Mason Dominico, Research Technician

Mason Dominico, a Laurier MSc candidate in Geography, manages logistics for Scotty Creek Research Station. His research examines how changes to a permafrost body arising from climate warming and direct human disturbance will affect water flux and storage processes.

Rosy Tutton, Research Associate, Cold Region Hydrology and Water Science

Based out of the Yellowknife research office, Rosy Tutton works within a research team and focuses on physical/cold region hydrology, hydrometeorology, water science and lake ice within the N.W.T. Tutton’s work aims to understand the sensitivity of Arctic and Subarctic water systems to climatic, geomorphologic and ecosystem change.

Rosy completed a MSc in physical geography at Queen’s University where she specialized in the measurement of snow in remote regions and interactions between snow and permafrost in the eastern Canadian Subarctic.

Before joining Laurier, Rosy was a research associate in the Northern Environmental Geoscience Laboratory at Queen’s University with Robert Way, where she worked on collaborative projects to understand and predict future climate-vegetation-cryosphere interactions in Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and NunatuKavut, as well as the cumulative effects of permafrost changes in Labrador and Northeast Quebec.

Julia Gyapay, Research Associate, Community Engagement and Climate Change Adaptation

Julia Gyapay provides research and community engagement support for Laurier’s Global Water Futures research program in the NWT. Working with Andrew Spring and Alex Latta, Julia collaborates with researchers, territorial and regional governments, and community partners on community-based research projects supporting climate change adaptation and sustainable food systems across the NWT.

Julia graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours degree in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She then completed a Master of Science in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo where she characterized culture-centered dietary messages for healthy, safe and culturally appropriate diets in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NWT.

Julia was raised on Treaty 8 territory in Hay River, NWT, and currently resides on Chief Drygeese territory in Somba K’e (Yellowknife).

Contact Us:


5007-50 Ave., Suite 200
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P8


Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mountain Time). We follow NWT statutory holidays.

Mailing Address

PO Box 2548
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P8


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