Circumpolar Challenges Conference – Video of the September 27 Event

On September 27, the Rideau Institute held a successful event entitled “Circumpolar Challenges: An Ambitious Agenda for the Arctic Council.” The event was filled beyond capacity and was also broadcasted on CPAC. Video footage of the event can be found on the CPAC website.

Opening remarks were delivered by Michael Byers, Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and member of the Board of Directors of the Rideau Institute, and Udloriak Hanson, former special advisor to Mary Simon (President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami):


http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/public-record/episodes/circumpolar-challenges-opening-remarks

The first panel, on Environmental Protection (High-seas fisheries and oil spill reduction response) featured Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Trevor Taylor, Policy Director at Oceans North Canada, Alexander Shestakov, Director of the Global Arctic Program at the World Wildlife Fund and Robert Hage, a former Canadian diplomat:

http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/public-record/episodes/circumpolar-challenges-environmental-protection

The second panel, which dealt with Arctic Security, consisted of Chris Westdal, a former Canadian diplomat, ret’d Col. Pierre Leblanc, Former Commander of the Canadian Forces Northern Area and Dennis Bevington, NDP Member of Parliament for Western Arctic:

http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/public-record/episodes/circumpolar-challanges-arctic-security

The third panel, which discussed the issue of granting certain nations Permanent Observer status in the Arctic Council, was delivered by Matthias Brinkmann, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, Terry Fenge, former Executive Director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and Kathrin Keil, Research Associate at the Arctic Institute:

http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/public-record/episodes/circumpolar-challenges-permanent-observers

The closing keynote address was given by Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Chrétien government, current President of the University of Winnipeg and distinguished champion of human security:

http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/podium/episodes/lloyd-axworthy-circumpolar-challenges-conference

Read More

Comments are closed.




Join in global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons

Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason was honoured to speak at the international conference Building a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World  in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 30th. She began her remarks, entitled, A-Canadian-Defence-Policy-that-moves-towards-Security-without-Nuclear-Weapons-or-War with: Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev in his Manifesto of the World for the 21st Century set out a visionary, yet clear and practical programme for achieving security […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Peter Langille: UN peace operations need Canada’s expertise

  [caption id="attachment_6421" align="aligncenter" width="300"] .[/caption] In light of the Liberal government’s commitment to increase Canada’s participation in UN peacekeeping efforts and ...

Canada spurns UN nuclear disarmament plan

In an article which first appeared in Wednesday’s Hill Times, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament Doug Roche delivered a stinging ...