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US and Canadian Cooperation in the Arctic

  • Munk School of Global Affairs at the Observatory 315 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1W7 Canada (map)

The Arctic is undergoing dramatic political, social, economic, and physical changes. The changes present both challenges and opportunities for US and Canadian Arctic relations.

US and Canadian Arctic cooperation is longstanding and reaches back to pre WWII from defense to building the Alaska Highway. Presently, as the world bears witness to a melting Arctic Ocean and the future of marine transportation has arrived, how can the US and Canada best work together to build bridges and boats where there was once ice?

The US and Canada have shared Arctic interests which reach from the politics and science of mapping the Arctic’s extended continental shelf to securing global finance in building the infrastructure necessary not only for regional security and stability but also to achieve sustainable development capable of fostering prosperity for the communities of the North.

Successful investment in developing the Arctic requires cooperation. How can we best build off of existing cooperation in the region and realize the shared interests among the US and Canada in the Arctic?

Join us in partnership with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and the Woodrow Wilson Centre as we bring together leaders across the North American Arctic to discuss building a future of cooperation in the Arctic region.

Space is very limited. Please email Jennifer to inquire about availability.

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Jennifer Chylinski |




08:15   Networking, Coffee, Juice, etc. 

9:00- 09:15   Welcome and Introductions, Stephen Toope, Munk School                            

9:15 – 10:45  Council on Foreign Relations Arctic Task Force Report
Panel Introduction: Mike Sfraga, Woodrow Wilson Centre
Admiral Thad Allen (ret), Task Force Co-Chair
Sherri Goodman, Task Force Member, Woodrow Wilson Center
Inuuteq Holm-Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Greenland. Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC
Tom Axworthy, Massey College
Discussion Chair: Mike Sfraga, Woodrow Wilson Center, Polar Initiative

10:45–11:00         Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 UNCLOS: Politics and Practicalities in the North American Arctic
David Mosher, University of New Hampshire: Canada/US Arctic science collaboration on the continental shelf          
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, Bill Graham Centre, Politics and Arctic Science
Discussion with Ken Wong, Continental Shelf Division, Global Affairs Canada
Chair: Jessica M. Shadian, Bill Graham Centre

12:30-13:30 Lunch 

13:30 –14:45          Arctic Infrastructure: Investing in the Arctic’s Potential
Lt.-Gov. Mead Treadwell, PT Capital, Alaska
Clint Davis, Chair of the Board of Director, Nunatsiavut Group of Companies
Discussion Chair: Jessica Shadian, Bill Graham Centre

14:45-16:00    Challenges and Opportunities in the North
Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Alaska Dispatch News, Arctic Now, Co-Founder, Arctic Circle
Inuuteq Holm-Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Greenland. Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC
John Higginbotham, Senior Distinguished Fellow, Carleton, Head of Arctic Program, CIGI
Discussion Chair:   Mark Sedra, President, Canadian International Council


16:00-18:00  RECEPTION 

Welcome by the Hon. William C. Graham
The Buttery, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place
Canada Among Nations Participants
As The Ice Goes Conference Participants
Fellows of Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History