Arctic Forum explores the future of the north

Submitted by gallagm7 on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:31pm

"Neighbors in the North: Canada, the United States and the Arctic Council" was a forum May 14 devoted to a discussion of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council passing from Canada to the U.S. 

Featured speakers included: 

  • Nils Andreassen, executive director of the Institute of the North, which works on Arctic infrastructure priorities and policies that serve to strengthen and connect northern communities.  The Institute’s mission is to research commonly-owned lands, seas and resources while educating and engaging Alaskans in the responsibilities of that ownership. 
  • Nadine Fabbi, the associate director of the Canadian Studies Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, chair of the University of Washington minor in Arctic studies, and the UW representative for the University of the Arctic. Her research focuses on indigenous diplomacies and international relations in the Arctic. 
  • James Hill, a career diplomat since 1989 who most recently held positions at the Canadian Embassy in Kuwait and Kabul, Afghanistan. At the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa, Hill held multiple positions including deputy director of the Western Hemisphere Summits Office and as senior desk officer in the Trade Commissioner Service Strategic Planning Division.
  • Steve Myers, who serves as the senior program manager for the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Arctic Caucus, which was formed in 2009 to 
    serve the Arctic jurisdictions within PNWER of Alaska, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. 
  • Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook and a strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan.  She also sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and on the board of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network. 
  • Lynne Platt, a senior Foreign Service officer, who began her duties as U.S. Consul General Vancouver in September 2014. Within the State Department, she specialized in public affairs, and served as the Embassy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, and at the U.S. Mission to NATO. Platte graduated from the University of Washington. 
  • Joël Plouffe, Visiting Québec Scholar at the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western in spring 2015. He is a research fellow at the Interuniversity Research Center on the International Relations of Canada and Québec (CIRRICQ) at the Ecole nationale d’administration publique in Montreal. He is also Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, and Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. During his time at Western, Plouffe taught a course titled "Quebec: Northern and International Relations," which explored Quebec's political and cultural identity through its location, geography and international relationships. 

The forum was sponsored by Western, its Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute, and the Consulate General of Canada/Seattle.