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Commissioner of Yukon

Commissioner of Yukon
Coat of Arms
Doug Phillips
Inaugural holder James Morrow Walsh
Formation June 13, 1898

This is a list of Yukon Commissioners from 1897 to the present. The Commissioner is appointed by the Government of Canada, but a Commissioner, in contrast to the Governor-General of Canada or the Lieutenants-Governor of the Canadian Provinces, is not a Viceroy and therefore Commissioners are not direct representatives of the Monarch in the territory.

Commissioner Term
James Morrow Walsh 1897-1898
William Ogilvie 1898-1901
James Hamilton Ross 1901-1902
Henry William Newlands 1902 (acting)
Zachary Taylor Wood 1902-1903 (acting)
Frederick Tennyson Congdon 1903-1904
William Wallace Burns McInnes 1905-1906
John T. Lithgow 1906-1907 (acting)
Alexander Henderson 1907-1911
George Black 1912-1916
George Norris Williams 1916-1918 (acting)

Office of Commissioner and Administrator were abolished in 1918. Office replaced by the Gold Commissioner who was responsible to the federal Minister of the Interior.

Gold Commissioner Term
F.X. Gosselin 1907-1912
George P. MacKenzie 1912-1925
Percy Reid 1925-1927
George Ian MacLean 1928-1932

The position of Gold Commissioner and Comptroller were combined in 1932 with the Comptroller being the title for the chief executive. Spelling was changed to Controller in 1936.

Controller Term
George A. Jeckell 1932-1947
John Edward Gibben 1947-1948

In 1948, the title of chief executive once again became Commissioner. Beginning in 1978, Yukon had party government with a Government Leader (later Premier) and powers being devolved from the Commissioner to the government.

See also: List of premiers of Yukon
Commissioner Term
John Edward Gibben 1948-1950
Andrew Harold Gibson 1950-1951
Frederick Fraser 1951-1952
Wilfred George Brown 1952-1955
Frederick Howard Collins 1955-1962
Gordon Robertson Cameron 1962-1966
James Smith 1966-1976
Arthur MacDonald Pearson 1976-1978
Frank Fingland 1978-1979 (interim)
Ione Christensen 1979
Douglas Bell 1979-1986
John Kenneth McKinnon 1986-1995
Judy Gingell 1995-2000
Jack Cable 2000-2005
Geraldine Van Bibber 2005-2010
Doug Phillips 2010-present

Living former Commissioners

As of November 2010, six former commissioners are alive, the oldest being Douglas Bell (1979–1986, born 1926). The most recent commissioner to die was Frank Fingland (1978–1979).

Name Term Date of birth
Ione Christensen 1979 (1933-10-10) October 10, 1933
Douglas Bell 1979–1986 (1926-06-15) June 15, 1926
John Kenneth McKinnon 1986–1995 (1936-04-20) April 20, 1936
Judy Gingell 1995–2000 1948 (age 67–68)
Jack Cable 2000–2005 (1934-08-17) August 17, 1934
Geraldine Van Bibber 2005–2010 (1951-07-03) July 3, 1951


  • "History". Commissioner of Yukon. Government of Yukon. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  • "Commissioners, Gold Commissioners and Controllers of the Yukon Territory".  

External links

  • Official Handbook for Commissioners of the Territories (Canada)
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