About Us

Lorraine Thomas - Communication Director

Lorraine Thomas. Photo by C. Delaquis.Photo by C. Delaquis.

Lorraine has worked in media, communication and research for over 25 years, of which the vast majority has been with Inuit organizations dedicated to social, cultural and economic development.

Her most recent achievement was in the initiation and development of the not-for-profit Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation (NBDC), that helped to create a successful broadband network serving all homes and businesses across Nunavut.

She has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and northern communication firms and clients to conduct research and develop communication strategies that work in northern and remote communities. Lorraine has worked with almost every communication tool available to a communication professional in the Arctic. Everything from Interactive Televised Instruction, to web site design, to Inuktitut computing, producing videos for broadcast, live television, issuing press releases, printing brochures, newspaper inserts, and posters, to conducting surveys via fax, online, experimenting with desktop and room-based videoconferencing, radio, and historically relying on the phone and fax throughout - all efforts to consult with, and reach out to people in various Arctic communities.

Prior to joining Imaituk, Lorraine worked as an independent communication consultant, and held senior management positions at Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation, Nortext Multimedia, and Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in Nunavut and Ottawa. Lorraine first moved north in 1987 to teach television production at OKalaKatiget Society in Nain, Labrador. Lorraine also worked in marketing in Bangkok, Thailand in 1995-1996, where she learned to speak basic Thai.

Lorraine holds a BA in Mass Communication and Sociology from Carleton University from 1993, and a BAA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson from 1984.

I learned of the Internet in 1992, and realized that anything that can be digitized eventually will be digitized. After my time working in television and radio in the Arctic in the 1980s and early 90s, it seemed obvious that the Internet would become THE TOOL that would really allow people to control their own futures - in education, family connections, economic efforts, housing - you name it. My motive working to get a broadband infrastructure in Nunavut has never been about computers -- it is about better communications in BOTH directions - in fact - in a multitude of directions.” —Lorraine Thomas in a presentation to Federal Communication Officers, 2006, Iqaluit