2020/21 Board of Directors
The Board of Directors can be contacted at board@goYTM.ca.
President: David Nugent came up to the Yukon in 1973 for a summer job and stayed on, working in the mines, as a log/timber frame builder, carpenter, carpentry instructor at Yukon College, and after that as the Department Head of Trades and Tech at the college. He lives at Marsh Lake, has four grown children, and lives with his wife Paulette Dufour who he met here in 1975. He has a strong interest in Trades and History and is now fully retired. He has spent a goodly amount of time coaching hockey and soccer. He prefers the rural life style to that of the city, something that originally drew him to the Yukon and probably will keep him here forever.
Vice President: Hugh Kitchen has lived in the Yukon for over 40 years. 35 years in aviation, 3 of that with Air North, then 32 with Alkan Air 25 as a partner in the business. Currently he works part time with Alkan Air as a pilot, was recently the president for the Chamber of Mines and enjoys sharing history through his volunteerism at the YTM.
Board Member: Richard Roberts has been with the YTM since before the beginning. Richard is devoted to the automobile history of the Yukon and is always happy to do the homework and make the case for interesting new additions to the museum’s collection.
Treasurer: Brian Stevens first arrived in the Yukon in 2010, and started volunteering at the YTM in April of that year. Since 2011, when he’s not working on his home set, he’s been maintaining and upgrading our model train set. His love for model trains started back in Terrace, BC, where he was part of the Skeena Valley Railroad Club. He also brings his background as a Mechanical Engineer and a teacher to the museum and works as a semi-retired teacher.
Board Member: Dale Brown is a farm boy from Alberta. He was active in the Alberta Aviation community and served in a leadership capacity on several boards and clubs until family and a job offer would pull him to the Yukon. During the week he can be found teaching the 3 Ms (Metals, Mechanics, and Math) at a local high school. His passion is “old school” technology. His tractor was made in 1939, his plane in 1940, and he has furniture that his great-grandfather homesteaded with. He is also a Director with the Klondike Snowmobile Association (KSA) and enjoys spending time with anyone who has an interesting story to tell.
Board Member: Ray Chaykowski Past owner of Jake’s Corner and current owner of Marsh Lake Tents and Events. Ray has a passion for Yukon transportation history.
Board Member: (Honourary) David Neufeld (1953-2020) was an environmental historian in the Yukon. He studied the intersection of knowledge and practice in both Western settler approaches to Canada’s North and Yukon First Nations’ ways of life in their sub-arctic boreal homelands. His reflexive research approach was grounded in 30 years as a community-based cultural researcher using archives and community oral histories. His complementary travel with both “hunters” and “miners” made him sensitive to the character of the contact between Indigenous and Newcomer through the 20th century and their changing expectations of each other.
Board Member (Honourary): Ken Jones (1939-2020) was an explorer from a young age, and had a keen interest in all that the world could offer. His lifelong passion for aircraft started in the Canadian prairies as a teen, and before he was able to join the RCAF he spent many hours watching, learning, and listening to aircraft marshalls, aerospace engineers, and pilots. When he moved to the north he brought his love of people, places, and aircraft, and he captured thousands of photos from the 1960s onwards of the expansive Arctic skies, welcoming communities, and the transformative winters of the north. His was a welcome smile and thoughtful voice for many years at the Yukon Transportation Museum, and he is dearly missed.
Board Member (honourary): Dennis Blaker is a life long Yukoner. He was born into a WP&YR family. His grandfather was on the boats, his father, uncle and himself were all in the rail division. Dennis has been a member of YTM since 2001 and he is interested in all facets of transportation. He is happy he contributes to the legacy of YTM being there for his grandchildren.
Board Member (honourary): Murray Biggin has been flying and driving his whole life. He found out on Christmas of 1954 he was being shipped off by the Canadian Military to England for ‘Radar Trades.’ This was somewhat of a disappointment, as he had requested to go north. Ask him about his adventures en route sometime! After returning from overseas he drove for ‘the Big Dog’ and found his way to the Yukon in 1973. Since then he drove professionally for WP&YR involving Cassiar Asbestos Clinton Creek, Faro, Elsa, Dawson City. In 1996 he joined Whitehorse Transit for six years and then in 2002 he drove for Gray Line for three summers. Murray is living transportation history.