Why Canada’s Arctic Matters

The Conference Board of Canada, November 26, 2019
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“There is a critical imperative for Canadian, Alaskan, and Greenlandic stakeholders to work together to get out in front and lead development in the North American Arctic for the benefit of northerners and their countries. Finding the means for financing that development is crucial. Arctic360’s Infrastructure Investment Analysis will be a major contribution towards that goal.“

Hear from and speak with Arctic360’s CEO, Jessica Shadian, and its Executive Director, Madeleine Redfern, as they explain how a failure to control and invest in our own northern regions could result in non-Arctic countries owning public infrastructure and major developments in the country’s arctic regions. The world tends to look at the North through two competing lenses: as a largely untapped source of resources to be exploited; or as romanticized landscape to be left untouched and untrammeled. But neither lens genuinely considers what northerners want or need, nor how development should be pursued to the benefit of these regions. Therefore, Ottawa, Washington, Nuuk and Copenhagen need to strategically support and facilitate investments that benefit northerners and countries of the North American Arctic.

Webinar Highlights

This 60 minute recorded webinar looks at some of the existing initiatives that Arctic360 is working on to address this gap. Through the webinar, Jessica and Madeleine will:

  • Inform and spark a dynamic discussion about why the North is so vital to Canada;
  • Highlight the importance of finding ways to encourage the Canadian financial sector to invest in the North – something that would go a long way in contributing to Indigenous reconciliation and advancing solutions that can lead to prosperous and sustainable Northern communities;
  • Discuss the value in having Canada reclaim a leadership role in the Arctic and advancing its position on the world stage.

About Madeleine

Madeleine Redfern, LLB, is the former Mayor of the City of Iqaluit and Executive Director of Arctic360’s Northern Branch located in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Madeleine has a strong commitment to her community.

Madeleine has 30 years of experience working in business and governance, on issues related to economic development, housing, education, employment and training, justice and community services. She has a law degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, she worked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice Charron. Madeleine is a member of the National Indigenous Economic Development Consortium, Trudeau Foundation, President of the Ajungi Group, AjungiTel and Northern Robotics. As President of Nuvujaq, Madeleine is spearheading the setting up of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs).

Madeleine’s expertise is grounded in partnership-building and developing local capacity towards fulfilling the goal of self-government and good governance. She has a record of working with industry, governments, aboriginal organizations and communities, helping to assess and identify strategies and approaches for better outcomes.

About Jessica

Jessica M. Shadian, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Arctic360. Over the course of two decades, Shadian lived and worked as an academic and consultant throughout the European and North American Arctic before creating Arctic 360. Dr. Shadian is widely published and her expertise is regularly solicited by media outlets, policy makers, and institutions, the private sector, and think tanks throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. Shadian’s 2014 book entitled: The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge) is the first in-depth history of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Inuit sovereignty in global politics reaching back to pre-European discovery.

Shadian’s consulting work began while living in the Norwegian Arctic as part of becoming the co-creator and organizer of an Arctic Dialogue series which brought together state and local political leaders, oil and gas and other industry leaders, local communities, and academia concerned with Arctic offshore oil and gas development to create and increase information sharing about Arctic resource development.

She holds a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Delaware (2006) during which she spent one year at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, UK writing her dissertation. Shadian spent the following 5 years in Norway, first as a researcher at the Barents Institute and then as a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø. Shadian was the awarded an Associate Professor, Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship, at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Denmark. In June 2017, Shadian completed a two-year Nansen Professorship co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Akureyri, Iceland during which her family moved to Toronto, prompting her decision to work full-time on building Arctic360.

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