At home in Nunavut

Photo Credit: Andrew Tagak

About Us

Headquartered in Iqaluit, Ayaya is 75% owned by Inuit residents. Our team includes Inuit and non-Inuit professionals who live and work here, and freelancers with extensive Arctic experience.

In addition, our Ottawa offices offers a key advantage for governments, agencies and companies that do business in the North and throughout Canada.

Based in the North, connected everywhere

Our account service team has lived and worked in Iqaluit for many years. We understand the needs, challenges and opportunities in the region.

Using the latest technology, we handle multiple projects. We do this by working with graphic designers, writers, illustrators, translators and production staff in our Ottawa office.

Clients enjoy our full array of services – from the initial idea, right through to production. Our in-house digital printing and long-standing relationships with southern printers ensure cost-effective printing options.

Right: Print technician Alex Paulin with a James Bay Cree school book, hot off the press.

Meet the Team

We’re proud of our team members who have decades of experience. They know Northern audiences and understand how communication works here. Meet selected team members, who are supported by web designers, production artists, print technicians, writers, editors, proofreaders, and advertising specialists.

Managing Director

Nadia Ciccone

Nadia has worked in communications for 35 years, managing Ayaya’s Iqaluit office since 2005. Well-versed in the North, its people and culture, she works closely with the Government of Nunavut, Inuit organizations and businesses. She manages complex projects, campaigns and elections throughout Nunavut.


Martha Flaherty

A highly respected leader, Martha is a writer, translator, interpreter, filmmaker, teacher and broadcaster. She’s served as CEO of Pauktuutit, as well as chair and member of various committees. Through her advocacy work, she’s improved the lives of many people in Nunavut.

ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑑᓕᕆᔨ

ᒫᑕ ᕕᓕᐅᕐᑎ

ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᓂᖃᑦᓯᐊᕐᑐᖅ ᓯᕗᓕᕐᑎᐅᓂᐊ, ᒫᑕ ᑎᑎᕋᑎ, ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑑᓕᕆᔨ, ᑕᕐᕈᔭᒐᒃᓴᓕᐅᕐᑎ, ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᐊᕐᑎᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ. ᐸᐅᒃᑑᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒍᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓂ.

Account Manager

Julia Roberts

Julia is an account manager with our team in Iqaluit, responsible for social media campaigns, account service, and managing projects. She manages events and elections, as well as numerous writing, design, translation and production projects.

Account Co-ordinator

Jason Roberts

With 11 years of experience, Jason serves clients such as Nunavut Tunngavik, Nunavut Arctic College and the Government of Nunavut. He organizes translation, design and production; and co-ordinates elections. Jason is based in Ottawa with regular visits to Iqaluit.

Senior Designer

Lucy Shepard

Lucy brings 20 years of graphic design experience to ad and marketing campaigns including MMIWG, First Air, Nunavut Tourism, Nunavut Arctic College and Pauktuutit. She also created health materials for the Government of Nunavut, including the influenza and "Drop the Pop" campaigns.

Inuinnaqtun Translator

Allen Maghagak

Allen Maghagak has first-hand knowledge of Inuinnaqtun as the chief negotiator for the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and as a translator with Ayaya and the Nunavut Planning Commission. Allen has an in-depth familiarity with Nunavut specializing in legal and technical translation.

Inuinnaqtun Himuktiligiyi

Allen Maghagak

Allen Maghagak nalungitok Inuinaqtut Aivaktiupluni Nunavumi Nunataanahuaktunit ovalo himuktiligiyi Ayayani ovalo Nunavumi Paknaiyaiyiit. Allen nalungitiaktok Nunavumi akigaktituiyit ovalo ayonaktunik ukautainik himuktiligiyini.

Marketing & Communications Consultant

Gina Brown

As a communications specialist, Gina worked on projects with Pauktuutit, NTI, Nunavut Arctic College, First Air and Nunavut Tourism. More recently, she has consulted on the MMIWG report, GN Dept of Culture’s communications plan, Let’s Speak Inuktut and NAC marketing.

Inuktitut Translator

Sadie Hill

Sadie brings Northern expertise in health, government, finance and the environment. She’s worked in Inuktitut syllabics and Roman orthography for Northern Affairs, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik and the Nunavut Trust. Special projects include the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement; and manuals on healing and addictions.


ᓴᐃᑎ ᓇᐃᐅᓪ

ᓴᐃᑎ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓕᕆᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓇᒃᓴᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᖃᕐᓂᒥᓂᒃ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᓯᐅᕐᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᒐᕙᒪᓕᕆᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᖃᓂᐅᔭᖅᐸᐃᑎᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓕᐅᔭᖅᐸᐃᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᓕᕆᔨᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᓐᓈᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᖏᓐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᖖᒐᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖏᓂᒃ ᐸᐸᑦᑎᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖓᓐᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᑲᐃᓐᓇᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ; ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᒪᒥᓴᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᖓᔮᕐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᐃᕆᔾᔪᑎᖃᓕᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᕌᖓᔪᓂᒃ.