Who We Are

Who we are

Dennis and Hillarie Zimmermann have called northern Canada their home for 20 years.  They bring local knowledge and deep northern connections to our work.

Dennis has worked in a professional capacity for the private sector, government at the territorial and First Nation level, and for not-for-profits, all set within a land claim context. He has an accredited Masters of Science – Planning Degree from the School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph with an undergraduate degree in Economics.  He has extensive experience working on community engagement, business development, and within various planning processes at the community level. While he has experience within the tourism, mining, business development, and fish and wildlife sectors, for close to a decade he has worked exclusively on fisheries, wildlife and habitat related projects. Dennis has won awards as a community fishing advocate, with instructional fishing videos, and numerous territorial awards in the areas of social media and project management.

Hillarie holds a Masters of Science degree in Rural Planning and Development.  She began her career in the Northwest Territories working for Parks Canada as a planner and then moved into the field of communications.   She has spent the last 14 years working in the Yukon in various federal government departments and education institutions. She can lead your organization through community-based planning processes with multiple stakeholders and diverse interests.   She is also a seasoned communications professional who has experience in communications planning, message development, crisis communications, and media relations.  For the last 5 years, she has worked as an educator for a variety of educational institutions.  She develops curriculum for a variety of audiences, has experience in developing online courses and training, and has a passion for teaching, mentoring, and leading students.