The Arctic Under Pressure – Climate Change, Adaptation, Health, and Marine Governance

Plenary #1

Tuesday, December 8, 10:30-11:45am

Summary Description: This panel will feature international experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Groups I and II, an expert on Indigenous Health and one expert on Marine Governance and connectivity between science disciplines. The conversation will focus on the importance of connectivity between science disciplines to ultimately work towards a sustainable Arctic in these times of unprecedented change.

Dr. Chad Gaffield Dr. Valérie Masson-Delmotte Dr. Sherilee Harper
Moderator: Dr. Chad Gaffield Speaker: Dr. Valérie Masson-Delmotte Speaker: Dr. Sherilee Harper
Dr. Chad Gaffield is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gaffield returned to the University of Ottawa, where he holds the University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship, after serving as President and CEO of the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) from 2006-2014, and his subsequent role as the President of the Royal Society of Canada from 2017-2019. Dr. Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a senior scientist at the Laboratoire des Sciences du climat et de l’Environnement at the Université Paris Saclay in France. Dr. Masson-Delmotte is one of the Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group 1 (WG1) for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). This is in addition to her recent co-supervisory work on the IPCC Special Reports on Global Warming of 1.5°C, Climate Change and Land, and the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Dr. Sherilee Harper is a Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Health and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She is a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC); Lead Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) for Working Group 2 (WG2); serves on the Gender Task Group for the IPCC; and serves on the Editorial Board for Epidemiology and Infection.
  Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough  
  Speaker: Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough  
  Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska) is the International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a non-governmental organization that represents approximately 180,000 Inuit from the Russian Far East, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. She is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Senior Scholar and Special Advisor on Arctic Indigenous Peoples, following her position as an Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Department of Political Science from 2008-2018. Serving as an Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for two consecutive three-year terms, she held the position of Chairperson from 2014-2015.  



International Science Cooperation in the Arctic

Plenary #2

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00-3:30pm

Summary Description:This plenary session is focused on international science cooperation in the Arctic and the Arctic Science Agreement. Featuring the Nordic Ambassadors to Canada, and Canada’s top ranked Arctic official, the conversation will include the role of cooperation in involving the training of Indigenous youth, the importance of exchange programs, the impacts of climate change, and business development and sustainability in the Arctic in times of rapid change.

Mr. Jean Lemire Her Excellency Hanne Fugl Eskjær His Excellency Roy Eriksson
Moderator: Mr. Jean Lemire Speaker: Her Excellency Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Canada Speaker: His Excellency Roy Eriksson, Ambassador of Finland to Canada
A biologist by training and renowned science communicator, Jean Lemire has conducted work on climate change and biodiversity that has led to major scientific missions. In 2012, following missions to the Arctic (2002) and Antarctica (2005-2006), he and his crew, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, began the 1000 Days for the Planet series, involving a three-year world expedition to examine the state of the planet’s biodiversity. Jean Lemire was appointed Envoy for Climate change, Northern and Arctic Affairs by the Government of Québec in September 2017, thus becoming the first envoy in the history of Québec diplomacy. Ambassador Hanne Fugl Eskjær moved to Ottawa in September of 2019 where she enjoys strengthening the already strong bonds between Canada, Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The ambassador was previously the Arctic Ambassador and Head of the North America Department in Copenhagen. Ambassador Eskjaer has also been the Ambassador to Bangladesh and for the past 22 years held various Ministry of Foreign Affairs positions throughout the world, including Denmark, Syria, Prague, New York, and now Canada – working on EU, UN, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, Security, Development, Indigenous rights and cultural policies. H.E. Roy Eriksson is the Ambassador of Finland in Canada since 2019. He arrived to Canada from Mexico, where he served as the Ambassador of Finland to Mexico, as well as being the concurrent Ambassador of Finland to Central America. Ambassador Eriksson started his career in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1990 and has served in different departments of the Ministry, the latest being the Department for Americas and Asia, where he worked as the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Further to Mexico, he has served in Turkey, Germany and the Finnish Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels.
His Excellency Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada His Excellency Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Canada His Excellency, Urban Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada
Speaker: His Excellency Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada Speaker: His Excellency Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Canada Speaker: His Excellency, Urban Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada
H.E. Pétur Ásgeirsson is the Ambassador of Iceland to Canada since 2017. He arrived to Canada from Greenland in November of 2017, where he served as the Consul General of Iceland for four years. Ambassador Ásgeirsson started his career in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Reykjavík in 1993. He has served in different roles for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for fourteen years, before his most appointment as the Consul General of Iceland in Nuuk, Greenland. H.E. Jon Elvedal Fredriksen is the Ambassador of Norway to Canada. Ambassador Fredriksen comes from the position as diplomatic advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway. He has previously been Norway’s Ambassador to Ukraine and Consul General of Norway in Murmansk, Russia, and has extensive experience with Arctic affairs and security policy. He also worked with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade. Urban Ahlin is the Ambassador of Sweden to Canada, since February 2019. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Urban Ahlin was a politician, representing the Swedish Social Democratic Party. From 2014 to 2018, Urban Ahlin held the position of Speaker of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen). He was a Member of Parliament 1994-2018, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, as chair 2002-2006 and deputy chair 2006-2014.
  Mr. David Sproule, Senior Arctic Official and Director General Polar, Eurasian and European Affairs, Global Affairs Canada  
  Speaker: Mr. David Sproule, Senior Arctic Official and Director General Polar, Eurasian and European Affairs, Global Affairs Canada  
  David Sproule began his career as a Foreign Service officer with External Affairs Canada in 1981. Following his first posting as Third/Second Secretary in Singapore, Mr. Sproule held other positions in embassies abroad, including as First Secretary in Bangkok and Counsellor in Washington, D.C. He subsequently served as Head of Mission to the following countries: Ambassador to Afghanistan, Thailand, Norway, Libya, and Mongolia. Mr. Sproule took up his current position in August 2019. In this capacity, his areas of responsibility encompass policy development for Polar affairs, as well as bilateral and regional relations with Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the non-EU nations of the Western Balkans, Central Asia and the five Nordic countries.  



The Arctic: An Ocean of Change and Collaboration

Plenary #3

Thursday, December 10, 10:30-11:45am

Summary Description:This panel will focus on international collaboration, polar climate change and the MOSAiC and T-MOSAiC projects.

Ms. Megan Leslie Dr. Markus Rex Dr. Warwick Vincent
Moderator: Ms. Megan Leslie Speaker: Dr. Markus Rex Speaker: Dr. Warwick Vincent
Megan Leslie is the president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada. Prior to joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament and represented Halifax for two terms. As a passionate environmentalist, she was proud to assume the roles of environment critic for the Official Opposition, and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development. Markus Rex is a polar and climate researcher, and physicist. He is a Full Professor for Atmospheric Physics at the University of Potsdam and heads the Atmospheric Physics section of the Alfred Wegner Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. He is the Coordinator of MOSAiC, the largest polar expedition in history. Warwick Vincent is a professor of biology at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in aquatic ecosystem studies and the co-lead of the international project T-MOSAiC. He is a member and former Director of the Center for Northern Studies (C. E. N.), and his current research is on Arctic lakes, rivers and coastal ice ecosystems. He notes, however, that his greatest honour has been to serve with Inuit Elders on the Parks Canada Planning Team for Quttinirpaaq National Park.
  Dr. Antje Boetius  
  Speaker: Dr. Antje Boetius  
  Antje Boetius is a polar and deep-sea researcher and director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. As professor of geomicrobiology and head of the Joint Research Group for deep-sea ecology and technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, she is involved in the MARUM cluster of excellence at the University of Bremen. She is the recipient of the DFG's Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz and Communicator Prizes, the German Environmental Award 2018 and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2019.