The Executive is the conduit between the Board of Directors and the organization. The Executive Director of the QIA oversees the entire administrative, financial and operational aspects of the organization including all staff members through their department heads. Reporting directly to the Board, the Executive Directors takes board decisions to the appropriate departments for implementation. In turn, the Executive Director works closely with the President to report departmental results back to the board.

Aside from internal work, the Executive Director is involved with high profile relations with outside organizations. This includes negotiations with mining companies on Inuit Impacts and Benefits Agreements, meeting deputy ministers or assistant deputy ministers from different levels of governments. The Executive Director also communicates regularly with QIA's subsidiary companies and affiliates.