Resource development in the Canadian Arctic faces cost barriers and risks that can be overcome by collaboration between all relevant Arctic stakeholders — federal government, territorial governments, Northern communities and the private sector. The seventh Junior Fellows policy brief, authored by Monique McCallum, Nabeel Sheiban and Simone Stawicki, recommends that Canada promote responsible resource development through standardized offshore oil practices across all Arctic states and through support of the government’s prosperity agenda by facilitating infrastructure development contingent to Arctic mining expansion, as well as the promotion of skill-based employment for Northern youth.

Part of Series

The CIGI Junior Fellows program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs provides masters level students with mentorship opportunities from senior scholars and policy makers. Working under the direction of a project leader, each junior fellow conducts research in one of CIGI’s program areas. This series presents those policy briefs that met CIGI’s publications standards.
  • Monique McCallum completed her B.A. (honours) in applied economics at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and is currently completing her master’s in international public policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Her research interests include international trade and economics, arctic governance, and the economic implications of climate change and related policies. Monique is a CIGI junior fellow.

  • Nabeel Sheiban completed a B.E.S (honours) in international development with an option in society technology and values, and a certificate in environmental impact assessment at the University of Waterloo. He is currently finishing his master’s in international public policy at the BSIA, through WLU. 

  • Simone Stawicki is currently completing her master’s degree in international public policy at the BSIA. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, arctic governance, climate change, postconflict peace and reconstruction, as well as the unconventional and emerging security threats of the twenty-first century. She is a CIGI junior fellow, and a contributing writer for the Atlantic Council of Canada, as well as a logistics officer in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve.