Meet The Team

Kate Dunbar - Operations Manager

Kate graduated from Sheridan College in 2005 with a diploma in Architectural Technology and relocated to Inuvik in September 2005 to work for Northern Engineers & Architects Ltd as a Junior Technologist.

She started working for the NWT Housing Corporation as an Architectural Technical Advisor in 2006 then advancing to a Technical Manager in 2012 and becoming a Construction Manager in 2014.

In July of 2017, Kate joined Nappaq Design & Construction Ltd. as the Operations Manager responsible for managing the office, administrative and business operations as well as working on site to manage activities of local construction crews on specific projects.

Kate can be reached at (867) 678-5517 or by email at

Denny Rodgers - Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Nappaq Design & Construction Ltd. relies on Denny’s experience and established network to ensure the company is poised to successfully compete for projects. His knowledge of the region and his relationships in the area assist him when seeking out opportunities to gain project work for Nappaq Design & Construction Ltd. Focusing on developing relationships with sub trade and material providers, Denny ensures that Nappaq Design & Construction Ltd. is competitive in its ventures.

Denny is a long time resident of Inuvik, having lived in the community since 1994. Along with his role at Napppaq Construction, Denny is the General Manager of Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC). Prior to joining Nappaq Design & Construction Ltd. and IDC, he held office as Mayor of Inuvik from 2009-2012 and sat on the Inuvik Town Council from 1998-2006. Denny has been and continues to be a member of many local and territorial boards and committees, including Chair of the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission for the NWT and Nunavut from 2005-2009, and the Business Development Investment Corporation (BDIC).

He is the former owner-operator of Haylor Financial Services, a small business accounting and consulting company. He also spent many years as Finance Manager of the Inuvik Housing Authority.

Denny can be reached at (867) 777-7035 or by email at

Blayne Janssens - General Manager of Operations

Starting with Southwest Steel in 1999 as the Sales and Marketing Manager, Blayne Janssens was promoted to General Manager of Southwest Steel and Mid West Design in 2005. Blayne has taken pride on the great sales growth and the addition of three locations.

Even with the successful development of the company in size and sales an equally important milestone is the safety program which received the Certificate of Recognition of the Alberta Construction Safety Association.

Though Blayne has a great drive to succeed in business, he is a very active member in the community. The door is always open to stop in for a coffee.