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Canada's North Summit 2013Oct 16–17, 2013 Whitehorse

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

7:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Nasso <br />  
Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Stewart-Patterson <br />  
Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
The Conference Board of Canada
8:00 AM Opening Prayer

Elder from the local First Nations

8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Co-Hosts

The co-hosts will welcome participants, and share their thoughts on the future and potential for the North and the creation of sustainable and prosperous businesses and communities. Each will discuss the event's themes—Connections, Community, and Commerce—and how these elements must support greater resilience, the focus of the second day.

Dan Muzyka will introduce the Centre for the North, its research and plans for the future, and will provide an overview of the Centre's ongoing work.

Pasloski <br />  
Government of Yukon
Muzyka <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Plenary Session 1
Connections, Community, and Commerce—Building Resilient, Sustainable, and Prosperous Northern Communities

Setting the stage for the discussions that follow, the opening session brings together government, Aboriginal community, and business leaders to discuss a sustainable and prosperous North.

Success in the North has always been built on connections and community—the connection of people with one another, with the environment, and with their heritage. These connections have sustained the region's communities for generations. As the climate warms and commercial activity increases, new opportunities will arise and, with them, new risks to the traditional ways of life.

Economic development offers the potential of greater prosperity for local communities—better health care and housing, more control over their future, and resources to help meet the increasing aspirations of a new generation.

This session will focus on the keys to a successful future and on the critical importance of how much control northerners have over the development of their lands, and how they use the resources made available to build a prosperous future.

Also critical is that commercial enterprises in all sectors continue to make a genuine effort to work with local communities, respect the environment, and share the wealth their activities generate. Governments too must enable governance innovation, so Aboriginal peoples can genuinely determine their future.

Deklic <br />  
Vice-President, Strategic Investments
Cisco Systems Canada Co.
King <br />  
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Malcom Ross <br />  
National Aboriginal Economic Development Board
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(please choose one)

Expanding on the themes of Connections, Community, and Commerce, the following concurrent sessions will examine the preservation and use of traditional knowledge, the importance of housing and health to community resiliency, the potential of alternative energy in the North, and the importance of education from high school to employment.

10:45 AM Concurrent Session A1
Connections: Exploring the Role and Potential of Traditional Knowledge in a Modernizing North

As the North faces new challenges and new opportunities, its people must harness the traditional knowledge on which they've built their resilience, and combine it with new insights and ideas. Together the traditional and the new will help communities continue to thrive and build prosperity for their members.

The following three examples demonstrate the preservation and use of traditional knowledge, and how it can contribute to critical discussions on the future of the North, create new business opportunities for remote communities, and even inform the development of new technologies and support innovation.

You'll hear how:

1. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami captured the traditional Inuit understanding of security, sovereignty, and patriotism

2. Justin Ferbey engaged local youth in repurposing traditional hunting trails for single track mountain biking—an activity that helps support local tourism

3. Yukon College's Cold Climate Innovation Centre develops new technologies and encourages innovation in the North

LaFortune <br />  
Director General, Policy and Planning
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Nickels <br />  
Director, Inuit Qaukisarvingat
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Ferbey <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Carcross Tagish Management Corporation
Mooney <br />  
Director, Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Centre
Yukon College
10:45 AM Concurrent Session A2
Community: Building Healthy Communities—Health and Housing

One of the foundations of successful communities is their resiliency. This is particularly true in the North, where remote settlements face a harsh climate and often have limited resources. We'll examine two critical areas—housing and health—fundamental elements in the resilience of individuals, families, and communities. We will also explore some of the key obstacles to better housing and health in northern communities, and innovative approaches to these issues.

Alatini <br />  
Kluane First Nation
Meier <br />  
Director, Public Works
Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in
Reid <br />  
Past President, Canadian Medical Association and Emergency Physician
Stanton Regional Health Authority, Yellowknife
Sheldon <br />  
Director, Environment
Nunatsiavut Lands & Natural Resources
Taylor <br />  
Executive Director
First Nations Market Housing Fund
10:45 AM Concurrent Session A3
Commerce: Energy in the North—Building Resilience Through Energy Diversity

As the world looks to invest in Canada’s North it has become clear that economic growth can’t happen without reliable, cost-efficient energy. Traditionally, the North has relied on diesel fuel as its main source of energy. Advances in innovative technology are presenting new options for energy supply and management. This session will look at the future of energy in the North.

Chris Henderson will discuss the game-changing potential of Aboriginal co-ownership of clean energy projects to advance Canada’s relationship with indigenous communities, helping to create a sustainable and prosperous future.

JP Pinard will discuss two Yukon renewable energy projects: the Kluane Wind Project and the Yukon ETS Project, and the importance of micro-grids and energy storage technologies.

Michael Brandt will discuss how Yukon Energy’s natural gas strategy is a game changer in remote communities, delivering the reliability and efficiency needed to support future investment in the region.

Warburton <br />  
Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
GE Canada
Henderson <br />  
President, Lumos Energy,
and Author, Aboriginal Power
Pinard <br />  
JP Pinard Consulting Engineer
Brandt <br />  
Yukon Energy Corporation
10:45 AM Concurrent Session A4
Community: Empowerment Through Education to Employment

Education lies at the heart of development in the North, and in the resilience of its communities. The experts will review initiatives from school to employment and beyond for Aboriginal and at-risk youth. Initiatives like these can help young people prepare for the workplace and succeed when hired. They also offer critical support for the health and resilience of the communities they serve.

You will hear from two organizations, Actua in the North and Youth Fusion, who work with Aboriginal and disadvantaged youth both in terms of general education and employment skills. Each brings a slightly different focus and operational strategy to the issue, with Actua forging partnerships with other NGOs to deliver culturally relevant programming, while Youth Fusion works within schools to raise graduation rates.

Joining them will be PTI Group, a leader in workforce housing and leading employer of Aboriginal people across the North. They will discuss how they build on the work of organizations such as Youth Fusion and Actua by first providing employment opportunities for Aboriginals and then ensuring ongoing skills development to facilitate their continued success in the workplace.

Bowles <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Labrador Affairs Office
Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Council
Flanagan <br />  
Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Actua in the North
Heffez <br />  
Director, Operations, English and Northern Schools
Youth Fusion
Crocker <br />  
Director, Aboriginal Relations
Civeo Corporation
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Borbey <br />  
President, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
and Chair of Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council
1:15 PM Plenary Session 2
Connections, Community, and Commerce: Translating Economic Growth into Local Prosperity

This session will examine the central question of development in the North—how can we ensure that local Aboriginal communities have a say in, and see real benefits from, economic growth?

Glen Hodgson will consider the economic forces driving development in the North, both in Canada and globally. He will assess the increasing interest of multinationals, and forecast how global demand will influence growth prospects for the North.

Bob Rae will discuss his top four goals for his role representing the Matawa First Nations in their negotiations over development of the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario:

  • real infrastructure improvements (roads, hydro, broadband) for the whole region
  • an agreed effort to increase investment in health care, education, and training
  • a new economic relationship with the province, the federal government, and the companies doing business in the region
  • assurances that any environmental process will involve community meetings and ensure compliance with essential standards

James Wilson will join the discussion to provide an Aboriginal perspective on how best to ensure local communities share fairly in the prosperity of resource development in the North. Recognizing the importance of treaty negotiations he will emphasize the need to focus on, and invest in, the education of Aboriginal people so that they can fully and productively participate in the workforce.

Chamberlain <br />  
Partner and National Leader, Team North
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Hodgson <br />  
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Rae <br />  
Chief Negotiator, Matawa First Nations, and
Olthuis Kleer Townshend LL)
Wilson <br />  
Treaty Commissioner
Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
2:30 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
(please choose one)

The following concurrent sessions will offer delegates an opportunity to:

  • discuss a specific resource development example from the Northwest Territories
  • hear about the recently announced Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College’s Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse and what one mining company is doing to maximize employment opportunities for local people at its operations
  • consider the transformative impact of land claims implementation, including modern treaties and land use planning, on economic development in the North, using the Yukon as an example
  • discuss how communities can diversify their economies through encouraging local entrepreneurship and in doing so, increase their prosperity and resilience

2:45 PM Concurrent Session B1
Connections: Evolving Approaches to Resource Development—Shale Oil in the Northwest Territories

The panel will explore emerging and evolving approaches to natural resource development planning, by discussing the shale oil development currently being considered in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories.

The panel will provide the perspectives of key industry, Aboriginal, community, and senior government officials, on approaches that support positive sustainability, and where gaps still exist.

Greene <br />  
Founding Chair
Stratos Inc.
Bloom <br />  
Vice-President, Policy, Planning, Communications and Northern Projects Management Office
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Miller <br />  
Manager, Natural Gas Strategy, Northern Canada
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Coleman <br />  
Director, Minerals Oil and Gas
Northwest Territories Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Morgan <br />  
Lead, Northern Programs
The Pembina Institute
2:45 PM Concurrent Session B2
Building Sustainable Local Business in the North

While large resource projects dominate conversation about business development in the North it is important to recognize the contribution of local small and medium sized enterprises. They provide much needed and diverse employment for local people and help build more resilient communities by virtue of being less cyclical than resource extraction.

This session will look both at some of the key factors that influence the establishment of individual businesses in the North and address the broader issue of building a commercial ecosystem—a critical mass of interconnected businesses that together provide sustainable prosperity for their communities.

Our speakers represent key players in developing and growing businesses—government, finance, and the entrepreneurs whose energy and vision creates the growth and opportunity needed to create prosperity.

Sweet <br />  
Manager, Enterprise Edmonton
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Docking <br />  
Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services
Royal Bank of Canada
Duncan <br />  
Total North Communications
Long <br />  
Deputy Minister, Department of Economic Development and Transportation
Government of Nunavut
2:45 PM Concurrent Session B3
The Impact of Land Claims and Land Use Planning on Economic Development in the North—Lessons from the Yukon

Land use planning is a key tool to balance interests in the North. Addressing as it does activities such as trapping, fishing, tourism, mining, agriculture, preservation and others, it is an issue at the very heart of discussions of prosperity and sustainability in the North.

Yukon leads the way in land use planning. In this session, three local leaders will discuss their experience with the process, its relation to land claims, and how properly managed land use planning can contribute to connections, community, and commerce in the North.

Massie <br />  
Grand Chief
Council of Yukon First Nations
Allen <br />  
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Fairclough <br />  
Little Salmon and Carmacks First Nation
Taylor <br />  
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
2:45 PM Concurrent Session B4
Local Skills, Local Prosperity: Building a Skilled Northern Workforce for the Mining Industry

On August 19, 2013, the Prime Minister announced over $5 million of funding over four years to contribute to the construction of the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College's Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse. This one-stop state of the art education, training, and research facility is intended to address one of the biggest obstacles to Aboriginal communities sharing fully in the money generated by mines on their land—the lack of suitably qualified people in the workforce.

For this session, Karen Barnes from Yukon College will talk about the new Centre, the problem it seeks to address, and it's vision for the future. Joining her will be Sarah Thompson from Frontier College who will share her organization's experience in developing workplace literacy skills. Krystel Mayrand from Agnico Eagle Mines will discuss what their organization is doing to ensure they play an active role in developing the skills needed in the local workforce.

Kitchen <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister
Yukon Education
Barnes <br />  
Yukon College
Thompson <br />  
Director, Programs
Frontier College
Mayrand <br />  
Human Resources Superintendent, Meadowbank Division
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
4:00 PM Northern Networking Exchange—Open to the Public

Join us for this networking event that will bring together summit participants with the general public of Whitehorse. The purpose is to offer everyone, across education, skill, and interests—an opportunity to exchange ideas and connect for the future.

You will be invited to join delegates, speakers, and sponsors in browsing the exhibits and discussing the biggest issues facing the North today. Exhibitors will be given the opportunity to showcase their organization or industry in ways that will help integrate the North into their operations. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the communities, businesses, and governments of the North!

Attendance and exhibition at the networking exchange is complimentary. For more information,
please click here.

The Northern Networking Exchange is sponsored by Yukon Economic Development

Yukon Economic Development logo

6:30 PM Dinner and Keynote Presentation
The Right to Be Cold

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Sheila offers a new model for 21st century leadership, based on more than a decade working with global decision-makers.

She speaks with passion and urgency on today's issues—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture perspective of where we are and where we're headed.

In this talk, Sheila will also discuss her latest book, The Right to Be Cold, and the relationship between culture, climate, sustainability, and prosperity in the North.

Watt-Cloutier <br />  
Environmental and Human rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Thursday, October 17, 2013

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Plenary Session 3

The Summit’s second day, which begins with a continental breakfast served to delegates, builds on the first day’s discussions by focusing on community resilience in the North.

Resilience addresses a community’s response to often disruptive economic development, youth education, how to build prosperity on a foundation of traditional knowledge, the provision of housing, and the health of individuals.

The discussions that follow will pull together these elements and consider the fundamental questions:

  • What does resilience in the northern context mean to you?
  • How can we use resilience building measures to enhance northern communities' sustainability and prosperity?
  • What role can you play in creating greater resiliency in your community?
Building Resilient Northern Communities: What Does It Take?

Internationally, the Arctic Council has been pursuing northern resilience since 2011, and the program for Canada’s chairmanship of the Council focuses on sustainable circumpolar communities, stating that “Canada has a clear vision for the Arctic, in which self-reliant individuals live in healthy, vital communities, manage their own affairs and shape their own destinies.” It is resilience that will make this vision come to life.

Northern prosperity must be built on resilient communities. Northern communities have inherent strengths that can and should be developed. However, the sources of risk, and the uniqueness and complexities of northern communities, are not always well understood. Therefore, options and potential solutions may not readily present themselves, or be easily implemented.

This session focuses on resilience-building in the North—a resilience built on self-reliant individuals living in healthy communities and having control over their future.

The Centre for the North has been engaged in early deliberations on northern community resilience, through the publication of research and fieldwork in the aboriginal community of Wha Ti, Northwest Territories. However, more work needs to be done. This session will offer delegates the opportunity to provide input and share their opinions as the Centre for the North plans its future work in community resilience.

Nasso <br />  
Summit Co-Chairs
Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Stewart-Patterson <br />  
Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
The Conference Board of Canada
Cox <br />  
Associate Professor, School of Humanitarian Studies
Royal Roads University
Andreassen <br />  
Executive Director
Institute of the North, Alaska
Nitsiza <br />  
Community Government of Whati
Jeffrey <br />  
Director, Northern and Aboriginal Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Refreshment Break
9:15 AM Plenary Session 4
Interactive Exploration of Community Resilience in the North

This final session will offer you the opportunity to inform the Centre for the North's work going forward. Using selected images to spark conversation, you'll explore what resilience means to you and others, and gain greater insight into the individual and community aspects of resilience.

The sharing of participants' expertise, experience, emotions, and insights will produce new connections, and new understanding of the actions required to increase the resilience of communities.

Cox <br />  
Associate Professor, School of Humanitarian Studies
Royal Roads University
11:30 AM Summary and Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Nasso <br />  
Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Stewart-Patterson <br />  
Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
The Conference Board of Canada
11:45 AM Closing Prayer

Elder from the local First Nations

12:00 PM Summit Adjourns

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.