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CIC National Office: US and Canadian Cooperation in the Arctic

April 19, 2017 @ 8:15 am - 6:00 pm EDT



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.

***Please see below for a full program***

Date and Time
Wednesday April 19, 2017
8:15 am to 6:00pm

Munk School of Global Affairs at the Observatory
315 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON  M5S 0A7

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

Event Contact
Jennifer Chylinski | jchylinski@thecic.org


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 –14:30   Arctic Infrastructure: Investing in the Arctic’s Potential
Participant, to be confirmed
Lt.-Gov. Mead Treadwell, Alaska
Discussion Chair: Jack Cunningham, Bill Graham Centre


14:30-14:45     Break


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
Discussion Chair:   Mark Sedra, President, Canadian International Council


16:00-18:00     RECEPTION

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


April 19, 2017
8:15 am - 6:00 pm EDT