The Arctic Region: Between modernisation and tradition, economic development and protection of the environment

Date: October 19, 2016 – Ottawa

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Adam Room, Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N S7


The Arctic Region is changing rapidly. A very young indigenous population experiences the effects of climate change first hand while seeking sustainable opportunities for their traditional homelands. The European Union, itself an Arctic entity, has developed a dedicated policy for its High North. A major element is the cooperation with other Arctic states and the Arctic peoples.


The conference aims to bring together the Northern stakeholders and decision-makers from both sides of the Atlantic and to highlight the possibilities for close cooperation between Canada and the EU on Arctic matters.


The event is part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the EU in Canada.

Speeches and presentations
Opening remarks by H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx
Presentation of Ole Damsgaard
Presentation of Stephen Mooney

Documents and links

EU-Canada Arctic Conference Proceedings

EU Arctic Policy

FAQ on Arctic Policy

EU Maritime Affairs

Photo Gallery of the conference


Video Gallery of the conference


Introducing an integrated EU policy for the Arctic


8:00 - 8:30Registration of participants
8:30 - 8:35Welcome Remarks

H.E. Marie Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
8:35 - 9:00Keynote Speech:

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, PC MP, Minister for Indigenous and Northern Affairs
9:00 - 9:45Panel session 1
Challenges of modernisation for Arctic youth and culture (cultural changes, traditional knowledge and science)

Moderator: Richard Tibbels, Head of the US and Canada Division European External Action Service

Maatalii Okalik, President, National Inuit Youth Council
Tuomas Aslak Juuso, Vice-President, Samediggi
Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, President, Gwich'in Tribal Council

9:45 - 10:45Panel Session 2
Sustainable Arctic development; how can Canada and EU best contribute?

Moderator: H.E. Per Sjogren, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada

Richard Tibbels, Head of Canada department, European External Action Service
Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official of Canada
Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland representative to US and Canada
Ole Damsgaard, Head of Secretariat, Northern Periphery Programme

10:45 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00Panel session 3
Energy and environment: innovation and opportunities

Moderator: Chris Duschenes, Director, Northern and Aboriginal Policy, The Conference Board of Canada

Christopher Henderson, President Lumos Energy & Lead Mentor 20/20 Catalysts Program; Author "Aboriginal Power"
Stephen Mooney, Director, Cold Climate Innovation Yukon Research Centre
J. Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council
H.E. Vesa Lehtonen, Ambassador of Finland to Canada

12:00 - 12:30Closing Remarks
The Honourable Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, PC MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
12:30 - 14:00Buffet lunch

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