John Havelock Parker

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John Havelock Parker
Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
In office
April 15, 1979 – July 31, 1989
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Joe Clark
John Turner
Brian Mulroney
Premier George Braden
Richard Nerysoo
Nick Sibbeston
Dennis Patterson
Preceded by Stuart Milton Hodgson
Succeeded by Daniel L. Norris
Mayor of Yellowknife
In office
1964 – February 1967
Preceded by Ted Horton
Succeeded by C. M. "Chet" Wilkinson
Personal details
Born (1929-02-02) February 2, 1929 (age 88)
Didsbury, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Alberta
Profession geologist

John Havelock Parker, OC (born February 2, 1929) was Commissioner of the Canadian Northwest Territories from April 15, 1979 to July 31, 1989.[1][2] He had previously been Deputy Commissioner of Northwest Territories from 1967 to 1979.


From 1959 until 1963 he became an alderman for the Yellowknife town council. In 1963, he became the mayor of Yellowknife, which he held until February 1967. While serving as mayor he was appointed to the Carrothers Commission which led to the formation of responsible government in the Northwest Territories and later the division that led to Nunavut.[3]

His later work helped in defining the border between the NWT and Nunavut and his name was given to a protrusion known as Parker's Notch as well as Parker Line.

In 1986, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his "significant contributions to the evolution and development both of the municipal government of Yellowknife and of the territorial government".[4]

He has 6 grandchildren: Alyssa and Michael Duke; Graeme, Nigel, Victoria, and Alyson Parker.


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