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The full agenda for this event is now available! Speakers include:

James Nasso

James Nasso

Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Darrell Pasloski

The Hon. Darrell Pasloski

Government of Yukon

Bob Rae

The Hon. Bob Rae

Chief Negotiator, Matawa First Nations, and
Former Leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental and Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Summit Overview

Building the North’s future on current successes.

Our 2011 Canada’s North Summit drew nearly 300 participants from across Canada and the North, to learn and explore the region’s major challenges and opportunities. For 2013, we’ll feature success stories from communities, businesses, governments and other organizations across the North. The aim is to learn from lessons past and present, and we’ll focus the discussion by concentrating on three areas:

1. Connections
What connections have helped build and sustain the North? We’ll consider physical infrastructure—the roads, airports, and telecommunications links that connect people and communities across the North. We’ll also look at the many different types of connections between the North and the rest of Canada, and how to create greater understanding across the country.

2. Community
Communities lie at the heart of the cultures of the North. What is needed to make northern and Aboriginal communities more resilient and adaptable to change? How can northerners and aboriginals influence and control change? Discussion will include critical social issues such as housing, health, governance, and economic development.

How can communities build greater resilience, and what does resilience mean to northerners? What actions can we take to ensure communities are secure, well-functioning, economic contributors?

As the era of modern treaty making in Canada’s North is starting to wind down, we will emphasize treaty implementation. Since the mid 1970s, Aboriginal peoples have negotiated many land claim and self-government agreements with Canada. The assumption was that these agreements would provide Aboriginal peoples in the North recognition of their Aboriginal rights and interests in traditional territories, and help them develop sustainable socio-economic prosperity. What progress has been made to turn that assumption into reality? How can Aboriginals grasp the opportunity of more control over resources and their future?

3. Commerce
Commercial interest in the North from outside companies will accelerate in the years ahead. How can northern communities balance the preservation of their ways of life with greater economic activity? How can northern and Aboriginal entrepreneurs, local leaders, and governments work together more effectively to create prosperity, while preserving the environment? What about the looming skills shortage?

How can northerners themselves grow companies in the region? This event will feature examples of successful enterprises built and thriving in the North.

Most importantly, we’ll connect these three elements in multi-perspective dialogue sessions.

While some sessions will address the issues individually, we recognize that a successful North must consist of connected, resilient, and prosperous communities. Several discussions will take a holistic approach to the future, by considering the relationship of these issues to each other.

Putting connection, community, and commerce into action—The Northern Networking Exchange.

The Northern Networking Exchange on the afternoon of Day 1 will be open to members of the public interested in meeting and connecting with the Summit delegates and others. The purpose is to offer everyone—across education, skill, and interest levels—an opportunity to exchange ideas and connect for the future. Exhibitors will be given the chance to showcase their organization or industry, and how they integrate the North into their operations.

Interactive discussion: What is resilience for northern communities?

Day 1 will also feature discussions on economic development, housing, health, education, governance, treaties, and foreign direct investment. All these issues will feed into an interactive Day 2 that will examine resilience in northern communities. Based on an exercise tailored to the experience of the north, participants will explore how communities can respond to changes in the issues discussed on Day 1. What roles do stakeholders have in the case of foreign direct investment, and how can communities preserve their vibrant local cultures in the face of economic growth or the effects of climate change?

Critical to this discussion will be how communities can access and benefit from traditional knowledge, and how all generations can contribute to resilience amid change.

What makes this event unique?

The Summit will bring together the stakeholders to discuss key issues, based on their experiences and on the Centre for the North’s extensive research. This event will be:

  1. In the North, for the North, featuring innovative examples of northern successes.
  2. Solutions Focused, going beyond analyzing and defining problems to illustrating and discussing solutions.
  3. Large, including a broad range of leaders.
  4. Inclusive, and its success will be judged by the breadth of input, diversity of attendees, and the quality of dialogue between participants.
  5. Influential, based on the wide-ranging work of the Centre for the North. The Summit will attract the key players from communities, industry, and government, whose opinions and actions will help shape the future of Canada’s North.
  6. Significant, with discussions recorded and published to ensure information and opinions presented get maximum exposure.
  7. International, with valuable perspectives from international experts, and opportunities for participants to learn from successes elsewhere. This is particularly important as Canada assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in May 2013.
  8. Multidimensional, including discussion of connections, community, and commerce from a wide range of perspectives.
  9. Informative, with carefully chosen presenters sharing practical information and experiences.
  10. Visionary, as the most future-focused event on the North in Canada.

Building on success

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. Its events attract respected experts and innovators, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for all conference participants.

Sponsored By

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada logo

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited logo

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Cannor) logo

Cisco Systems Canada Co. logo

GE Canada logo

Royal Bank of Canada logo

Yukon Economic Development logo

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation logo

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP logo

Stratos Inc. logo

MNP LLP logo

Travel Partners

Air North, Yukon's Airline logo

First Air logo

Marketing Partners

Association of Yukon Communities logo

Aboroginal Link logo

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council logo

Canadian Circumpolar Institute logo

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business logo

City of Whitehorse logo

Institute of the North logo

Learning Disabilities Association of the Yukon logo

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce logo

NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines logo

TIA Yukon logo

Up Here Business logo

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce logo

Whitehorse Daily Star logo

Yukon Chamber of Commerce logo

Yukon Convention Bureau logo

Yukon Research Centre for College Relations logo

YUWIN logo

Northern Networking Exchange Exhibitors

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research logo

B.Y.T.E. logo

Borealis Wood Power Corporation logo

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Yukon Chapter logo

Council of Yukon First Nations logo

Digital Opportunity Trust logo

EBA logo

Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills logo

Northern Vision Development logo

The Lung Association of Alberta and NWT logo

University of Saskatchewan logo

Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation logo

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada logo

Yukon Energy Corporation logo

Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board  logo

Yukon Land Use Planning Council logo

Special Contributor

Yukon Brewing logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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