A former finance manager with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board is taking the organization to court, saying she was demoted after questioning some of the expenses being claimed by the chairman of the board.

The expenses ranged from a $50 at a Yellowknife gas station, to an $1,100 dinner bill at an Ottawa steakhouse.

In court documents Wendy Ondrack says working relations were good for her first five years as manager of finance and administration at the board.

She says that began to change in 2009, after she questioned some of the expense claims and corporate credit card use by board members.

Most of the questions were about spending by board chair, Richard Edjericon, including

  • a $1,113 dinner for 11, including AFN chiefs, at an Ottawa steakhouse
  • $336 for a birthday celebration with chiefs at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton
  • $260 for cigars for Joint Review Panel members reviewing the Mackenzie Gas Project
  • honoraria claims for days when it appeared Edjericon was not on board business

Board members are paid honoraria of up to $500 a day.

The board gives no explanation for the expenses in court documents it has filed. It says changes to Ondrack's job were part of overall organizational changes. 

The board's executive director says Edjericon will not comment because the case is before the courts.