Kavik-AXYS: Local Ownership, Environmental Services, Proactive Consultation

Staff Profiles

Photo of field staff on a boat drilling into iceBy assembling strong multidisciplinary teams and using innovative, scientifically-based methodologies to suit the needs of each project or issue, Kavik-AXYS has developed a reputation for high-quality and timely delivery of products and services.

Kavik-AXYS has often worked with Canadian government departments to develop these methodologies, resulting in long-term collaboration between government staff and Kavik-AXYS.


Frank Hansen, President
B.Sc. (Eng.), P.Eng.

Born in Aklavik, NT, Mr. Hansen is President of Kavik-AXYS Inc. and a professional engineer. He also is the principal shareholder of Kavik Group of Companies (specific companies listed at right under See Also). His past business interests included partnerships in an airline charter company and a real estate holding company, and ownership of a bulk petroleum contracting business.

Mr. Hansen is extremely well connected in the community and has ties with the Inuvialuit infrastructure. He is currently on the boards of Northwestel Inc. and the Inuvialuit Investment Corporation. He is past chairman of the Circle of Aboriginal Business Leaders for the Bank of Montreal, past chairman of the board of Norterra Inc., past chairman of the board of Inuvialuit Development Corporation, past director and vice-chairman of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, past chairman of the board of the Inuvialuit Communications Society and served several terms as a Councilor for the Town of Inuvik.

Mr. Hansen was a keynote speaker for a conference on northern people and hydrocarbon developments, speaking on the Inuvialuit approach to hydrocarbon development in the Beaufort Sea. Last year, Mr. Hansen assisted Michael Fabijan in completion of the Shell Canada Limited wastewater-sampling program through Western Geco.

Michael Fabijan, Vice-President

Mr. Fabijan is Vice-President and General Manager of Kavik-AXYS Inc. With over 22 years of experience in the environmental and public consultation fields in the Arctic, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Ontario, he has been working in the Arctic since 1979, and with the Inuvialuit since 1987. Mr. Fabijan has conducted biological programs for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as for many consulting/research companies. In addition, he has been a facilitator for many groups including the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope), Inuvialuit Settlement Region community conservation plan workshop, and the Holman community conservation plan.

Mr. Fabijan previously held positions as manager and coordinator of the Inuvialuit Harvest Study (1986–1996), marine biologist, diver, and fisheries biologist. He is currently the committee Chair for the Inuvik Ducks Unlimited and past Chair and director of the board for the Great Northern Arts Festival.

Jeff Green, Director
M.Sc., R.P.Bio.

Mr. Green is a senior Vice-President of AXYS Environmental Consulting and a Director of Kavik-AXYS with over 25 years of consulting experience, many of which have involved field research and projects in northern Canada, Alaska and Russia. His work for the past two decades has focused on the assessment and management of industrial effects; development of frameworks for screening, assessment and management of cumulative effects; training courses for northerners in environmental assessment; community consultation and involvement; and facilitation of community-based and technical workshops. He has appeared as an expert witness before federal and territorial regulatory bodies.

Nick Poushinsky, Business Unit Leader (AXYS Environmental Consulting)

Nick Poushinsky is a Business Unit leader based at our Sidney, BC office. A former 15-year resident of Canada's north, Dr. Poushinsky has managed environmental impact assessments, led the socio-economic impact assessment component of numerous proposed developments, overseen successful public/community consultation programs, and negotiated Impact and Benefits Agreements between resource developers and First Nations in the Canadian north. In addition to many years providing consulting services in the north, Nick served as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Mines and as Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services in the Yukon.Back to top

Contact us for more information about northern development activities:

Inuvik, NT

Michael Fabijan
Kavik-AXYS Inc.

Sidney, BC

Nick Poushinsky
Northern and Offshore Development Business Unit Leader

The Kavik Group of Companies includes:

Kavik-AXYS Inc.
Environmental consulting

Kavik Nuna Inc.
Engineering and surveying

Kavik Baker Hughes JV
Oilfield servicing

Kavik EMS NWT Ltd.
Camp medic services

Kavik Holdings Ltd.
Business and management consulting and equipment leasing

Kavik ECS
Drug and alcohol testing

Office:  PO Box 2320 • Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada • X0E 0T0 • Phone: 867-777-4548 • Fax: 867-777-4925