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):
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:
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:
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:
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: