Global Affairs Canada, together with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Carleton University, are pleased to host a Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Declaration that established the Arctic Council on September 19, 1996.

The Celebration will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 7:30am to 4:00pm in the River Building Atrium (2nd floor), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

The Celebration will feature an address on Canada’s international Arctic policies by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion at 8:30 a.m.

The Celebration will also include:

  • Introductory remarks by other dignitaries;
  • Reflections on the creation and accomplishments of the Arctic Council by key Canadian founders and former chairs of the Council;
  • Panel discussions on international Arctic cooperation and Arctic Council partnerships in building sustainable Arctic communities;
  • Release of a newly published CIGI special report North of 60: Toward a Renewed Canadian Arctic Agenda.

Please feel free to register:

For more information please contact [email protected]

Event Speakers

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Fen Osler Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program

Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

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John Higginbotham

CIGI Senior Fellow

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.

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