The Arctic Circle facilitates working meetings across issues and organizations and provides a forum for discussions hosted by different international and Arctic institutions. The annual program is designed in collaboration with partnering organizations, with the 2015 meeting being devoted to examining the challenges that will follow the COP21 conference in Paris, with special emphasis on global climate diplomacy.
As moderator of a plenary session, CIGI Senior Fellow John Higginbotham will speak about Canadian Arctic policy, including the Arctic Council and Arctic Economic Council and their complementarity with Arctic Circle.
John Higginbotham is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. John’s research focuses on Arctic economic and governance development and international relations, Canada’s ties with the United States and China in global context and North American Arctic marine transportation as the Arctic Ocean melts.