Northern Lights
Northern Lights

The Centre for International Governance Innovation is please to collaborate with the 2018 Northern Lights Conference to host an important high-level panel on the future of development in the North American Arctic. 

Over the past 10 years, the North American Arctic has grown in political and economic relevancy. Issues such as resource development, climate change, and sovereignty have brought new threats and concerns to the region. These issues will bring both challenges and opportunities for the subnational jurisdictions of the North American Arctic, and for those who live there. 

The panel will convene an unprecedented gathering of Northern leaders for an interesting discussion regarding the economic and social challenges and opportunities faced by those in the North American Arctic, as well as what role each territorial, regional, and national government can play in ensuring the success of this key region. 

Event Speakers

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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.

Suka Frederiksen

Minister of Independence, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture of Greenland
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