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Canada’s North Summit

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2013 Event

Canada’s North Summit 2013 took place October 15–17, 2013, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Building upon the lessons learned at our 2011 summit in Edmonton, this event once again brought together community, business, and government leaders to discuss the most pressing issues facing Northern Canada today.

Graphic Recordings of the Summit

We were very pleased to have Lisa Arora from Get The Picture on site at the event to create live graphic recordings during the summit presentations. These pieces remained on display throughout the event, serving as a reminder of the discussions and sparking further conversation amongst all participants.

These recordings were made possible through the generous sponsorship of Urban Systems, The North West Company, and the Government of Nunavut—Department of Economic Development and Transportation.

The City of Whitehorse Welcome Reception

Summit participants were invited to start their visit to the city with a welcoming reception hosted by His Worship Dan Curtis, Mayor of the City of Whitehorse. The reception was held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, a place to celebrate the heritage and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and a gathering place for people of all cultures.

Delegates, speakers, Whitehorse City Council members, and local First Nations leaders came together for an evening event that set the tone for the summit, while showcasing the city of Whitehorse and its people. Evening entertainment included the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and pop-folk singer Diyet.

The Northern Networking Exchange

Following the summit sessions on Day 1, members of the public were invited to meet and network with delegates, speakers, and sponsors. The purpose was to offer everyone—across education, skill, and interests—an opportunity to exchange ideas and connect for the future.

Exhibitors showcased their organization or industry in ways that helped integrate the North into their operations. This fantastic session saw attendees browsing the exhibits and discussing the biggest issues facing the North today.

Featured Speakers from the 2013 Summit

The Hon. Darrell Pasloski

The Hon. Darrell Pasloski
Government of Yukon

The Hon. Bob Rae

The Hon. Bob Rae
Chief Negotiator, Matawa First Nations, and
Former Leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Chief Ruth Massie

Chief Ruth Massie
Grand Chief
Council of Yukon First Nations

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Environmental and Human rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Nils Andreassen

Nils Andreassen
Executive Director
Institute of the North, Alaska

Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes
Yukon College

Patrick Borbey

Patrick Borbey
President, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
and Chair of Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council

Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt
Yukon Energy Corporation

Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman
Director, Minerals Oil and Gas
Northwest Territories Industry, Tourism and Investment

Joseph Deklic

Joseph Deklic
Vice-President, Strategic Investments
Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey
Chief Executive Officer
Carcross Tagish Management Corporation

Janet E. King

Janet E. King
Assistant Deputy Minister
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Shawn Kitchen

Shawn Kitchen
Assistant Deputy Minister
Yukon Education

Robert Long

Robert Long
Deputy Minister, Department of Economic Development and Transportation
Government of Nunavut

James Nasso

James Nasso
Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Scot Nickels

Scot Nickels
Director, Inuit Qaukisarvingat
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Tom Sheldon

Tom Sheldon
Director, Environment
Nunatsiavut Lands & Natural Resources

Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor
Executive Director
First Nations Market Housing Fund

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson
Director, Programs
Frontier College

James B. Wilson

James B. Wilson
Treaty Commissioner
Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to the 2013 event.

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

Aboroginal Link logo

Association of Yukon Communities 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 Centre for the North

The Centre for the North is an initiative of the Conference Board of Canada that began in 2009. The goal is to bring Aboriginal leaders, businesses, governments, and community advocates together to identify challenges and opportunities, and to decide how those challenges can be met.


“I really enjoyed the conference. All of the speakers were very sincere, informative, and thought-provoking. Very well organized and delivered.”

“All speakers were knowledgeable and authoritative and well-prepared. Excellent. The breakout sessions were well thought out … dealt with important topics.”

“The detailed presentations by Chief Allen and Chief Nitsiza were fantastic—they took us beyond the important messages we hear often to seeing what big words like ‘capacity’ and ‘collaboration’ mean in the reality of Northern peoples.”

“Well done! Loved the graphic facilitation.”

“Very well organized. A number, and wide variety, of excellent presentations. I learned a great deal.”


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