Academic Director, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University
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Frances Abele is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. She is also Academic Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. A political scientist, Dr. Abele began northern research in the late 1970s and since then has published on various topics related to Indigenous politics, northern development and Canadian northern policy. She has worked with partners across the Canadian north and in several other circumpolar nations. Dr. Abele was seconded to the 1990s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she was responsible for research and policy on the North, and areas of the Commission’s work on governance and the economy. She was president of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, and visiting professor at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.
Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
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Thomas Abols is a Foreign Service Officer and Lawyer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, currently working as Executive Assistant to the Legal Adviser, Mr. Alan Kessel. Mr. Abols joined the Department in May 2009 and worked as a Legal Officer in the Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law section of the Legal Branch prior to his current assignment. He is hoping to be posted abroad next year. Mr. Abols attended Trent University and received his Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in 2001. He then attended the University of Ottawa and received his law degree in 2005. He was subsequently called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006 and worked in the fields of corporate, high-tech and commercial litigation before accepting a position in the Federal public service.
Marian Campbell Jarvis
Director General in the Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada
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Marian Campbell Jarvis is currently Director General in the Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada, where she is responsible for the Polar Continental Shelf Project, the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation initiative, as well as a number of international and strategic issues, including leading for NRCan on the Northern Strategy. Prior to this, Ms. Cambell Jarvis developed strategic policy at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, and the Privy Council Office. She has an undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Ms. Campbell Jarvis now lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.
Chairman of the Canada-UK Colloquia’s Canadian Advisory Board,
President and CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)
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Mel Cappe began his term as President and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in June 2006, following more than 30 years in the Canadian public service and serving most recently as the High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Prior to that, he was Canada’s top public servant as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service. He assumed those responsibilities in January 1999, relinquishing the position in May 2002 to become Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada before leaving for the UK later that year. Cappe has also held senior economic and policy positions in federal government departments in Ottawa, including the Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance, and Consumer and Corporate Affairs. He served as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour, and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Nunavut
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Robert Carson has been the Assistant Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs, with the Government of Nunavut, based in Ottawa, since June, 2004. He also served in the Government as Principal Secretary in the Office of the Premier (2001-02), reporting to then Premier Paul Okalik, and, on an interim basis in 2009, reporting to Premier Eva Aariak. He began work in Nunavut in October 2000, as the Director, Policy and Planning, in the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Carson was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2009-10), and had the opportunity to present additional research seminars and papers in Belfast, Birmingham, London, Wilton Park and Cambridge. Prior to joining the Government of Nunavut, Mr. Carson was a faculty member and administrator at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario. During more than twenty years, Seneca permitted him to enjoy secondments in public administration roles in the Ontario government, and a sabbatical experience as the special advisor to a Member of Parliament. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976, practiced for five years in Barrie and Newmarket, Ontario, and remains a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Carson holds a B.A.(Honours) degree from the University of Toronto and a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He completed graduate courses in policy studies on a part-time basis at Queen’s University.
Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Financil Group
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Karen Clarke-Whistler is Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Financial Group (TDBFG). Karen is responsible for setting TDBFG’s environmental strategy and ensuring that TD’s performance is in line with the goal of becoming a North American environmental leader in the financial services sector. TD is building environmental considerations into its business strategy through management of its operational footprint, responsible financing, green products and services, and stakeholder engagement. Ms. Clarke-Whistler is an environmental scientist with more than 20 years of experience working on issues related to the environment and sustainable development. Prior to joining TD Bank in 2008 she had a distinguished consulting career working with multi-national clients in the natural resources and energy sectors. As a consultant she worked on resource development projects in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia.
Administrator for the Canadian delegation, Queen’s University
Marianne S. Douglas
Director, Canadian Circumpolar Institute
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Marianne Douglas has conducted environmental research in the polar regions over the past two decades. A Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, she is also the director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and chairs the Canadian Committee for Antarctic Research. She completed her university degrees at Queen’s University, Department of Biology, with a short séjour in Paris where she studied algal taxonomy. After completion of her PhD (1993), she spent two years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the Department of Geosciences, as a research associate before moving to the University of Toronto in 1995. She was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Global Change in 2005 on the basis of her lab’s research on tracking environmental change in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. More recently, she is also working in Antarctica, using similar research techniques. Her paleoenvironmental reconstructions are conducted by analyzing algal microfossils preserved in lake sediments. Depending upon how old a lake basin might be, paleoenvironmental interpretations can span up to thousands of years in Arctic Canada. This research is especially topical given the rapid rate of environmental change being experienced in high latitudes.
President, Qikiqtani Inuit Association
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(Josie) Okalik Eegeesiak was elected President of Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), which represents the Inuit of the Qikiqtani Region, in December 2009 to a two-year term. Ms. Eegeesiak is also Chair of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (2007- ). Prior to taking over the presidency of the QIA, she was self-employed focussing on human resource and community development. Her background includes representing, in various capacities, governments and non-government organizations on international, national, territorial, and community boards and committees. Ms. Eegeesiak is fluent in written and oral Inuktitut, and was born, raised, and schooled in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Executive Director, ArcticNet, Inc., Professor, Université Laval
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Martin Fortier completed his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Université Laval in 1999. From 1999 to 2003, he was the scientific coordinator of the NOW and CASES International Arctic Research Networks, involving more than 120 leading experts in Arctic science from 10 Canadian universities, 4 federal departments, and 9 foreign countries. In 2002, Dr. Fortier was heavily involved in the implementation of the refit and modification of the CCGS Amundsen into a state-of–the–art research icebreaker. Dr. Fortier has since served as chief scientist on 7 expeditions onboard the CCGS Amundsen, including its inaugural voyage in 2003. Dr. Fortier was appointed as Executive Director of the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in 2003. As one of the world’s largest national Arctic research networks, ArcticNet brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners in Inuit organizations, northern communities, government and industry to help Canadians face the impacts and opportunities of climate change and globalization in the Arctic. Dr. Fortier was a member of the Canadian National Committee of the International Polar Year recently awarded the 2010 Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Advisory Boards of the Arctic Tipping Point EU Program, of the Norwegian Arctic Frontiers Conference and of the Canadian Polar Continental Shelf Program, which he chairs.
Assistant Director, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
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Lynn Freeman is the Assistant Director (Administration) for the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. As the School’s senior administrative officer, she provides executive support to the director in the planning and management of professional graduate degree programs in public policy and industrial relations and has a central role in the allocation of financial and human resources. She oversees the development and delivery of more than 50 special events sponsored by the School of Policy Studies each year, by which the School honours its mandate to serve as a bridge between the University and the wider professional communities that it seeks to serve. Ms. Freeman previously was Program Coordinator for the full-time and Professional (part-time) Master of Public Administration programs. She continues as a member of the School’s planning and program committee for the Indigenous Policy and Governance Initiative. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from Queen’s University, and subsequently pursued doctoral studies in Political Science, with a special interest in women’s citizenship and children’s poverty
Minister Counsellor, Canadian High Commission
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Robert R. A. Fry is Minister Counsellor, Canadian High Commission, London. In September 2007, he was appointed as Minister Counsellor, Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy at the Canadian High Commission in London. He began his studies in Electrical Engineering (1986) and went on to earn Common Law (1992) and Droit Civil (1993) degrees at the University of Ottawa. He articled for the Toronto law firm of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995, as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He began a career in Canadian federal politics in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (1995). His subsequent posts included time as Senior Advisor to two Leaders of the Government in the Senate and Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for cultural industries, for the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In 2000, he became Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Following this, he was appointed Director of Policy for the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002. He had specific responsibility for Canada-US, Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, G8, and Commonwealth. After the Canadian federal election in June 2004, he was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health with the responsibility to help move forward the new government’s agenda on health care reform and help establish the Public Health Agency of Canada. In 2006, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Senior Departmental Coordinator for Pandemic Preparedness to handle the emergency preparedness and international health policy aspects of pandemic influenza. He helped negotiate the North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza which was signed by the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Presidents of the United States and Mexico at their Summit in August 2007. He is married to Jennifer Reynolds-Fry, an international trade lawyer with the Department of International Trade and has three children, Emilie, Nicholas and William.
Special Advisor, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
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Udloriak Hanson is an Inuit beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. She was born and raised in Nunavut. She has two honours bachelor degrees in Business and Education. Hanson’s career has focused largely on advancing and promoting Inuit interests with Inuit land claims organizations. She has served as an Executive Assistant to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development with the Government of Nunavut and as Executive Director of an Inuit charitable organization. Hanson’s last position was as Senior Policy Liaison for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. in Ottawa. She has participated in many Arctic governance debates nationally and internationally including as a facilitator for Inuit Circumpolar Council and as a steering committee member of the Arctic Governance Project. She currently serves as Special Advisor to Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.
Director, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; Chairman IPY 2012
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Peter Harrison is Professor, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies (SPS) at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). From 2008-2009 he was the Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School. Dr. Harrison’s career as a senior member of the Public Service of Canada lasted nearly 30 years. During this time he served as the Deputy Minister (Permanent Secretary) of a number of federal Departments including Natural Resources Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Leadership Network, the National Research Council of Canada (Senior Research Fellow, Oceans) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada. Dr. Harrison was responsible for shepherding the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the Government of Canada in 2003; the investment of $150 million in the International Polar Year; and, as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, the development of the Government’s current Northern Strategy, the commitment to a new “High Arctic Research Station”, and the Canada-UK Memorandum of Understanding regarding Arctic Research.
Legal Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
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Alan Kessel is the Legal Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kessel served as Deputy Legal Adviser and Director General of the Bureau of Legal Affairs from September 2004 to November 2005. Mr. Kessel has held numerous positions in the Legal Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade including Director of the United Nations, Criminal and Treaty Law Division. He was head of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations preparatory committees negotiating the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His postings abroad have included the Canadian Embassy in Sweden, the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and most recently the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. Mr. Kessel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo (1976) and his law degree (1979) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. After several years in private practice in corporate and commercial law in Toronto, he joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1983.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
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Sonia Labatt earned her Doctorate in environmental studies in 1995 from the University of Toronto. Her field of studies examined corporate response patterns to environmental issues, a focus she maintains in her present research and publications. Currently, Dr. Labatt is adjust professor, Centre for Environment, University of Toronto, where she has initiated two graduate courses in her field of interest. In 2002, she coauthored with her associate Rodney White, a book entitled “Environmental Finance: A Guide to Environmental Risk Assessment and Financial Products”. In 2007, the same co-authors published Carbon Finance: The Financial Implications of Climate Change. Dr. Labatt has had an active record of public involvement. Currently, she is a Director of World Wildlife, Canada as well as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto. Formerly she has been a Trustee at the Hospital for Sick Children and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has also served as director of Havergal College, the National Ballet of Canada, the Metropolitan Zoological Society, the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Center Foundation (AARC) and the Clarke Institute Foundation.
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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Danielle Labonté is Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. In this capacity, Ms. Labonté is responsible for developing government-wide policy frameworks in support of the government’s Arctic/Northern priorities – the Northern Strategy – and ensuring the implementation of related initiatives. With respect to northern science, Ms. Labonté is responsible for the planning of Canada’s future High Arctic Research Station, including advising on future Arctic science priorities, creating international partnerships, and designing governance options for the future Station; the federal International Polar Year effort (including plans for the 2012 Knowledge to Action Conference to be held in Montreal), the Northern Contaminants Program, and the Northern Science Training Program. Her current set of responsibilities includes Circumpolar Affairs, most notably support to the Arctic Council and its Working Groups. Ms. Labonté has held a variety of policy development and program delivery positions in the Canadian Public Service – including in departments such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Human Resources Development, and the Privy Council Office. Ms. Labonté holds an Honours Commerce degree from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Group Head Corporate Operations, TD Bank Financial Group
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Mike Pedersen is Group Head, Corporate Operations, TD Bank Financial Group. As Group Head, Corporate Operations, he is responsible for Technology, Direct Delivery Channels, Legal, Compliance, Economics, Real Estate, Strategic Sourcing, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Implementation Management, Corporate Security, and the Ombudsman’s Office. In addition, Mr. Pedersen champions the bank’s environment agenda. Prior to joining TD in July 2007, he worked in London, England, where he was responsible for Barclays’ global private banking business and two other international businesses. Before joining Barclays, he spent twelve years in a number of executive capacities at the CIBC, including Senior Executive Vice President, Retail and Small Business Banking, and Executive Vice President, Branch Banking. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He obtained his Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto in 1988. Mr. Pedersen is a past chairman of the Canadian Bankers Association, has a long history of involvement with charitable organizations, and was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award in 1998. He currently co-chairs the Greening Greater Toronto Task Force, is on the Board of Toronto Region Research Alliance and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, and chairs the financial services sector campaign for the United Way. He and his wife Martha live in Toronto with their three children.
Professor, Simon Fraser University
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Tony Penikett’s 25 years in politics, included: two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process. Penikett entered politics after the miners at the northern Yukon Arctic asbestos mine, where he was shop steward, nominated him for the Territorial Legislature. Penikett has also served as Deputy Minister of Negotiations and, later, Labour for the Government of British Columbia. In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. He is also the author of two films: The Mad Trapper for BBC TV/Time Life Films and La Patrouille Perdue for French television. Currently a Vancouver-based mediator, Penikett teaches in Simon Fraser University’s Master of Public Policy program. His recent work has taken him to the Eastern Arctic, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South America. All three of Tony’s children are television actors: Tahmoh (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse), and Sarah and Stephanie (The L Word and Psych).
Cultural Geographer and Writer
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James Raffan is a cultural geographer and writer. In addition to teaching at Queen’s University Faculty of Education (1980-99) and current work as Executive Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, he has written for radio, film and television and is the author/editor of a dozen bestselling books including Summer North of Sixty, Fire in the Bones, Tumblehome, Deep Waters, Rendezvous with the Wild and Emperor of the North. Mr. Raffan is a Fellow and past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a Fellow International of the Explorer’s Club, and a past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America.
Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Government of Nunavut
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Aluki Rojas is currently the Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Government of Nunavut. Previously she has served as Deputy Minister of Nunavut’s Department of Human Resources and Department of Environment. She has held formerly the Director positions for Policy and Planning, and for Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit both within the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth between January 2004 and May 2007. Ms. Rojas has also been very active in Inuit organizations, where she has been an instructor at the Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa. She has been responsible for projects relating to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Inuit Women’s health at Pauktuutit, the Inuit Women’s Association. Ms. Rojas has as well worked internationally at the Confederacion de las Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE) in Quito, Ecuador through the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Montreal. Ms. Rojas has degrees at the Bachelor’s and Masters level from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and is fluent in three languages.
President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
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Mary Simon is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organization representing Inuit in Canada. She was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, and has devoted her life to achieving social justice for Inuit nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on children and youth, and the preservation of the Inuit language. In the environmental, economic and political arenas, she has been a leading advocate for Inuit cooperation. Her political career has included terms as President of Makivik Corporation and President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC, now known as the Inuit Circumpolar Council). Ms Simon was a senior Inuit negotiator during the Canadian Constitutional discussions of the early 1980s, which led to the recognition of Aboriginal rights in the Constitution Act, 1982. She was Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, Canadian Ambassador to Denmark and Chancellor of Trent University. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been awarded the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Symons Medal, and she has been inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. She has received honorary doctorate of law degrees from McGill, Queen’s, Memorial, Guelph, and Trent Universities, and was the founding Chairperson of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation. She is currently serving her second term as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, BCE and Bell Canada
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Andrew Smith is Senior Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions of BCE and Bell Canada. Prior to joining BCE, He was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, and a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Toronto. He is a director of Bell Aliant and Northwestel.
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Ed Struzik is an award-winning writer/photographer whose work has appeared in various journals, magazines and newspapers such as Canadian Geographic, Equinox, Yale 360 Environment, Foreign Policy Review, Geo, Report on Business, and newspapers like the Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal and Globe and Mail. He is author of the book Northwest Passage, published by Key Porter Books and the Canadian Geographic Society, Ten Rivers, published by CanWest Books, and The Big Thaw, published in April 2009 by John Wiley and Sons. Ed is the recipient of more than 35 national and international awards and fellowships. In addition to the $100,000 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, he was the recipient of the Knight Science Fellowship at Harvard and MIT, the Southam Fellowship at the University of Toronto and most recently, the $35,000 Michener-Deacon Fellowship, which is handed out each year by Canada’s Governor-General. A nine-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association Science in Society journalism award and a finalist for the $75,000 Grantham Prize, he is also the recipient of the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, which goes to one Canadian each year who has made an outstanding contribution to the understand of science in Canada. Since 2009, he has also been a fellow at the School of Public Policy Studies, Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University.
Former President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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Peter Sylvester was appointed as the visiting Skelton-Clark Fellow at Queen’s University in July 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) from 2007 to 2010. He previously held the position of Vice-President, Program Delivery at the Agency from (2007) as well as Vice-President of Policy Development from (2005-07). Mr. Sylvester was Senior General Counsel/Head of Legal Services at Social Development Canada and Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (2001-05). He was General Counsel with Dispute Resolution Services at the Department of Justice (1999-2001). Mr. Sylvester has a strong background in environmental law and policy, having held the position of Senior Counsel/ Head of Legal Services at the Agency (1996-99) and having served as Chairman, Environmental Issues Secretariat at the Department of Justice (1995-96), and as Legal Counsel at Environment Canada (1990-95). Before joining the Department of Justice in 1990, he was with the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board for two years, where he served as Secretary to the Board. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Quebec Bar. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Julie and their four children.
Mary Ellen Thomas
Nunavut Research Institute
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Mary Ellen Thomas is presently the Senior Research Officer at the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) which is part of Nunavut Arctic College. She worked as the Manager, Research Liaison at NRI before transferring to this position. The mission of the Institute is to provide leadership in developing, facilitating and promoting traditional knowledge, science, research and technology as a resource for the well-being of the people in Nunavut. The Institute is the lead agency in Nunavut for science, research and technology development. The Institute maintains its main research facilities in Iqaluit and has logistical support units or labs in Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Arviat and Igloolik. The Institute has developed positive working relationships with many universities and government agencies that conduct or fund research in Nunavut. Ms. Thomas is personally interested in science promotion, science education and capacity building, and the integration of western science and traditional knowledge. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and worked in several sub-Arctic communities before coming to what was then the NWT. She has lived and worked in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung for over 25 years. She served in various positions in the Department of Education and Nunavut Arctic College before joining NRI in 1999. Ms. Thomas have also served on various community non-profit boards and is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Secretary to Executive Council, Nunavut
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Markus Weber was appointed Deputy Minister of Executive for the Government of Nunavut by Premier Eva Aariak in November 2008. Prior to that, since October 2004, he had served the Premier of the Second Assembly as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Weber was born in Germany, but his roots lie in Camrose, Alberta, where he emigrated with his parents in 1977. His 1992 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Alberta led him to become heavily involved in the management of a large grain and beef farm in central Alberta operated by his father. He was granted Master of Business Administration and Law degrees by the University of Alberta in 1996 and 1997 respectively. He moved to Nunavut in 1997 to article and work with Maliiganik Tukisiiniarvik, the Baffin region’s legal aid clinic in Iqaluit, before establishing a private practice focusing on criminal defence work in Iqaluit in 1999. He has been involved in numerous community initiatives including volunteering with the Iqaluit Elders Society, as a Director of the Nunavut Legal Services Board, and as an advocate for the creation of the Law Society of Nunavut and its first Secretary/Treasurer.
Canadian Coordinator of the Canada-UK Colloquia and Professor,
School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
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Robert Wolfe is Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston. He was a foreign service officer for many years, serving abroad in Bangladesh and in the Canadian Delegation to the OECD in Paris. Since joining Queen’s in 1995 he has published widely on Canadian trade policy and on the World Trade Organization. His most recent publications are “The WTO Single Undertaking as Negotiating Technique and Constitutive Metaphor” in the Journal of International Economic Law; “Sprinting During a Marathon: Why the WTO Ministerial Failed in July 2008,” in Journal of World Trade; “Trade Policy Is (Still) Foreign Policy, but It’s Not Sexy,” in Heinbecker, Paul and Fen Osler Hampson, eds, As Others See Us: Canada among Nations 2010; and with Terry Collins-Williams, “Transparency as a Trade Policy Tool: The WTO’s Cloudy Windows,” in World Trade Review. Dr. Wolfe has helped coordinate Canadian participation in the Canada-UK Colloquium since 1996, including serving as editor of two books based on colloquia, Transatlantic Identity? Canada, the United Kingdom, and International Order (1997) and, with Peter Phillips, Governing Food: Science, Safety, and Trade (2001). His presentation at the 2007 colloquium, with Roderick Macdonald, has appeared as “Canada’s Third National Policy: The Epiphenomenal or the Real Constitution?,” in University of Toronto Law Journal.
Steve Aiken OBE, Royal Navy
Head of MoD Global Strategic Trends Team
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Steve Aiken is the head of the Strategic Trends group for the United Kingdom’s MoD Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre. He has co-written the latest edition of the Global Strategic Trends programme and has also been a major contributor to the recent “Future Character of Conflict” study by the British MoD, and has worked on the UK’s National Security Strategy and on other security, climate and energy related workstreams. He has authored studies on the Arctic, Antarctica and other regions for the UK Government. A submariner by background, Commander Aiken has commanded two nuclear powered submarines, the last being HMS SOVEREIGN, and has served on the UK Maritime Battlestaff, as a Joint Plans officer. He has served in several NATO and combined headquarters, including the staffs of the US 5th Fleet and with CENTCOM. Commander Aiken is also a defence academic and is the Senior Royal Navy Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is reading for a PhD in International Relations and his area of study is in global political power distribution. He holds a MPhil, again in International Relations, from the University of Cambridge, and an MA, in War Studies from Kings College London. He is also a graduate of the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff Course.
Director, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology; CUKC Council Member
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David Cope is a graduate of Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. His first foray into the Arctic was in northern Sweden and Norway as the winner of a national sixth-form travel competition run by the Anglo-Swedish Society. David’s interest in polar matters continued into his undergraduate days when he was an avid attender at events organised by the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge. He also participated in a university expedition to measure icecap flow rates in Iceland and later assisted research on subglacial erosion patterns in Norway but it was then not until much later in his career that he returned to the Arctic in a mission to Spitzbergen. In 1981, he joined the International Energy Agency, the energy ‘club’ of the industrialised countries, based in Paris, as environmental team leader. In 1986, he returned to the UK and to Cambridge as the Executive Director of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, a charitable research institute, where he remained for 11 years before accepting an invitation to become Professor of Energy and Resource Economics at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) which Mr. Cope serves as director, is a joint office of both Houses of the UK Parliament, created in 1989. Among many other activities, POST has been closely involved in raising awareness of polar research matters at Parliament – including hosting the parliamentary launch of the International Polar Year. David is a trustee of the International Polar Foundation, UK, the Canada-UK Colloquia, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. In 2009, he was awarded the annual prize of the Japan Society for his work in building relations between Japan and the UK. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Deputy Director, British Antarctic Survey
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Robert Culshaw has been Deputy Director of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) since January 2006. His previous experience was as a British Diplomat: after joining the Foreign Office in 1974, he served in the Middle East, Italy, Greece, Chicago and Washington DC. He also spent two years as the British Government’s Chief Spokesman on foreign affairs. His final Foreign Office appointment was in London, as Director for the Americas and the Overseas Territories (including British Antarctic Territory). Mr. Culshaw speaks Italian, Modern Greek, Arabic and French. His degree, at King’s College Cambridge, was in Classics. He is a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Robert is married, with one son aged 18. He lives in Fulbourn, near Cambridge.
Royal United Services Institute
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Duncan Depledge has recently begun reading for a Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Klaus Dodds at Royal Holloway, University of London. His thesis will consider the extent to which climate change is affecting characterisations of the Arctic as a geopolitical space both in the present and future, and assess the possible implications for Arctic governance and regional security. Duncan has a background of interdisciplinary study, having read History (BA Hons) and Political Theory (MA) at the University of Sheffield. In 2009, Duncan completed an MPhil in Geographical Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a ‘distinction’ for his dissertation, a study of how the UK government’s security discourse has changed as awareness of climate change and other environmental issues has grown. He currently holds a part-time position as a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). His research at RUSI primarily focuses on emerging prospects of conflict and cooperation in the Arctic but he has contributed to recent RUSI studies on the implications of climate change for security in China and Mesoamerica. He has also written about the implications of climate change for global institutions.
Royal Holloway, University of London
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Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. His PhD is from the University of Bristol (1994). He has taught at the University of Edinburgh and been a visiting fellow at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and most recently at St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is author and editor of ten books including Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (I B Tauris), Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture (I B Tauris), Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror (Ashgate). His next book will be entitled Scramble for the Poles? The Contemporary Geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic (Polity) and will be published in 2012. He is editor of the Geographical Journal (one of the world’s oldest academic geography journals in the world) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2005, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his research achievements. His current research interests in the Arctic have considered the mapping and delimitation of the Arctic Ocean under the provisions of the Law of the Sea Convention and the activities of governments namely the five Arctic Ocean coastal states. Recent papers on the Arctic have appeared in journals such as Global Policy, Polar Record and Political Geography.
Arctic & Antarctic Policy Officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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Stuart Doubleday is Arctic and Antarctic Policy Officer in the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Polar Regions Unit. He represents the UK at the Arctic Council, leads on developing the UK’s Arctic policy, works with UK Arctic stakeholders in furthering UK interests in the Arctic and represents the UK in the development of the EU Arctic Strategy. Mr. Doubleday is a member of the advisory panel on the NERC Arctic Science Programme and works with UK scientists in developing international collaborations, such as through the Arctic Council Working Groups and UK-Canadian MOU. He also works with other members of the Polar Regions Unit on Antarctic issues such as the UK’s permitting policy, climate change mitigation and Antarctic legislation, including the development of the proposed Antarctic Bill. He has worked in the Polar Regions Unit for just over a year and is a career civil servant who has previously worked as a Private Secretary to the Government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Clerk to the Secretary of State for Wales. He has a Master’s and BA in History from the University of Exeter.
Executive Secretary, CUKC
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George Edmonds-Brown has been Executive Secretary of the UK Committee of the Canada-UK Colloquia since 2001. In 1999 he retired from HM Diplomatic Service. He was educated at Dame Allan’s Boys School and Durham University. Following service in Nigeria and Pakistan he did eight years trade promotion in Buenos Aires and Bucharest, after which he was desk officer for North America in the Cultural Relations Department. In 1980 he served in Caracas as HM Consul and as First Secretary (Political and Information). From 1985-88 he was seconded to the Overseas Development Administration as Head of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Section. In 1998 he went to Ottawa as Head of Chancery, after which he was Deputy High Commissioner in Barbados and the East Caribbean. In 1991 he went to Rome as Head of Management and then to Geneva as HM Consul and Head of Management to the three UK Missions. He is married to Teiko Watanabe and has three grown up and two young children.
Independent Adviser and Author: The Future History of the Arctic
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Charles Emmerson is an independent consultant and writer based in London, and author of The Future History of the Arctic, which was published in 2010 by Random House in the UK, and Public Affairs in the United States and Canada. He previously served as Associate Director of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and head of their global risks programme, focusing on the intersections between environmental, energy and geopolitical risks. Before that he worked at the International Crisis Group – a foreign-policy think-tank based in Brussels – and at the Trade DG of the European Commission. He has also worked as a leader writer for the Financial Times, as well as contributing to The Huffington Post, Monocle, and other media outlets. He has worked as a consultant on geopolitical and energy/environment issues for a number of different organizations, including the World Economic Forum and the Open Society Institute. Mr. Emmerson was born in Australia, and grew up in London. After graduating top of his class in modern history from the University of Oxford, he was awarded an Entente Cordiale scholarship to study international relations and international public law in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Political Officer, British High Commission, Ottawa
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Kevin Farrell works in the Foreign Policy Team at the British High Commission in Ottawa. His job covers Arctic issues, as well as general political reporting, international development, justice and home affairs, and migration. Mr. Farrell is locally engaged, having emigrated from the UK to Canada in 2005. He previously served as Political Attaché at the British Embassy in Kuwait City and in the FCO’s Middle East Department. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 1997 with a BA in Politics and Modern History. Prior to this he spent five years working for the Ministry of Defence’s Procurement Executive in London and at the Clyde Submarine Base in Scotland.
Chief Executive, The Foundation for Science & Technology
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Dougal Goodman is Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology, a charity that promotes debate between both Houses of Parliament, Whitehall departments, devolved administrations, business and the research community on policy questions that have a science or engineering element (see www.foundation.org. uk). He is also Chairman of the Lighthill Risk Network, a consortium of insurance companies seeking to build and strengthen connections between the insurance market and the research community. Lighthill is one of the co-founders of the Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board seeking to undertake a similar task across the whole of the financial services sector. He has a special interest in risk management and undertakes consultancy work for the marine insurance market on strategy. He previously was a Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey and was a manager for BP in production operations, strategy and planning, research and risk management. He holds a visiting chair at the Risk Centre at Cranfield University. He has made many expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic and retains an interest in both the politics and the science of the polar regions. He is serving on the advisory committees for an Antarctic and an Arctic expedition. His first degree in physics and his PhD on ice properties are from Cambridge University and he holds a business school degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, California. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.
Marine Biogeographer, British Antarctic Survey
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Huw Griffiths is a Marine Biogeographer and is an active contributor to the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) – a major International Polar Year (IPY) initiative to investigate and understand the abundance of Antarctica’s vast marine biodiversity. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge for over ten years, specialising in benthic (sea floor) animals from the Southern Ocean. He is primarily interested in patterns in the distribution the marine life around Antarctica and how it has been shaped by the extreme environment. His focus has been on investigating trends at high latitudes in molluscs, bryozoans and pycnogonids (sea-spiders). As part of CAML and the wider Census of Marine Life, he has undertaken a biological and ecological comparison of the Antarctic and Arctic including work on bipolar species. His work for BAS has included ship-based field seasons in Antarctica sampling and identifying marine invertebrates. Next year he will be leading a scientific cruise to the Weddell Sea looking at the relationship between biodiversity and the physical environment. He has recently completed a PhD in Southern Ocean Marine Biogeography with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Open University.
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Tom Heap is a freelance journalist specialising in Environment and Rural Affairs. He is the main presenter of the BBC Radio 4 documentary series, Costing The Earth, and a regular reporter with Panorama on BBC 1. He also presents a Daytime TV show - Animal 24:7. He spent 10 years as a staff correspondent with BBC News ranging across the Science, Environment and Rural Affairs. During this time he visited Nunavut to make a series of reports on the founding of the new state and led a broadcasting team to Everest Base camp and beyond on the 50th anniversary of the first ascent. He also devised and presented a Radio documentary in 2009 on the Antarctic Treaty. He is currently developing a TV film on the Arctic with BBC Current Affairs. An interest in the Polar Regions is in the blood as his father, John Heap, was Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge and Head of the Polar Regions Section at the UK Foreign Office. Among early memories are marvelling at the size of a stuffed penguin’s egg and straddling a static and ancient skidoo imagining speeding across the ice. Mr. Heap now lives with his wife and three sons in a village in Warwickshire and likes to waste free time messing about with canoes, bikes and kites.
Deputy British High Commissioner, Ottawa
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Martin Hill is currently the British Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa (DHC). He first arrived in Ottawa in February 2006 as the Economic Counsellor and took on the combined portfolio as DHC in June 2009. He has worked for the British Government for 28 years. He started his career in the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF), working in various capacities there over 10 years. He worked in the Privy Council Office, as Parliamentary Clerk to the Leader of the House of Commons, during which time he was involved in hosting a visit to the UK by then Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. He has served as Principal Private Secretary to two Ministers in MAFF. Mr. Hill started his career in the Foreign Office as Agricultural Attaché at the British Embassy in Bonn in 1993. In 1996 he returned to London to head up a team responsible for Indonesia, Burma and the Philippines. He served as Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo (1998-2001) and as Director of Trade and Investment in the British Embassy in Bangkok (2002-05).
Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
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Meredith Hooper is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge, a Visiting Scholar at Scott Polar Research Institute, a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and a UK Trustee of the International Polar Foundation. She is on the Council of the Editorial Board of The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. In 2009 she proposed, and was on the planning committee of, the Cumberland Lodge Conference, The Antarctic Treaty: 50 More Years of Preserving Peace? A leading writer of non-fiction books for the general market, since 1990 Meredith has focused on Antarctic titles ranging from the science of climate change, to discovery and exploration, to publications for younger audiences. Selected to work in Antarctica as a writer with the Australian Antarctic programme, and the Royal Navy, she has twice been selected on the US National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Program. Awarded the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation in 2000, prizes for her Antarctic titles include the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non Fiction (The Victorian Premier’s literary awards), the Whitley Awards, and short-listing for the Sir Peter Kent Environmental Book Prize. Most recent titles include The Ferocious Summer: Palmer’s Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica, Profile Books 2007, 2009, Greystone Books 2008, and The Longest Winter: Scott’s Other Heroes, John Murray 2010. Meredith’s post-graduate degree at Oxford was in imperial and Commonwealth history. Elected to a studentship at Nuffield College Oxford, she was awarded and the Beit the Walter Frewin Lord Prizes. Born and brought up in Adelaide, South Australia, she has lived in England since arriving on a post-graduate scholarship. An awareness of, and continuing interest in, Canada and the United States began during 21 months of travel accompanying her English husband during his Harkness Fellowship.
Author and Journalist
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Stanley Johnson was born in Cornwall in August 1940, and educated at Sherborne School, Dorset and Exeter College, Oxford, where he won a Stapeldon Scholarship in Classics. On leaving Oxford in 1963, Stanley was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to the United States in 1963. He is a former Conservative member of the European Parliament (MEP) where he served (1979-84) as Vice Chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. He has also worked in the European Commission (1973-79) as Head of the Prevention of Pollution division and (1984-94), as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of Energy Policy. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Johnson served on the staff of the World Bank and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He is currently a trustee of the Gorilla Organisation (www.gorillas.org) and an Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) (www.cms.int). He has had eleven books published dealing with environmental issues, including the Politics of the Environment, the Earth Summit and The Environmental Policy of the European Communities. His most recent book (with Robert Vagg), published July 2010, is Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species. He has also had nine novels published, including The Commissioner which was made into a film starring John Hurt. In 1984 he was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment and in the same year the RSPCA Richard Martin Award for services to animal welfare. In 1962 he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.
Nicolas Maclean CMG
Chief Executive, MWM (Strategy); CUKC Council Member
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Nicolas Maclean took a PPE degree at Oriel College, Oxford, and pursued a career in banking, asset management, and insurance, with Schroders, Samuel Montagu, Midland Bank, HSBC, Robert Fleming, and finally Prudential Corporation. He then served for seven years as a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, managing research and public diplomacy activities on maritime issues and energy security. HM The Queen appointed him a CMG in 2002 for his freelance diplomatic achievements. Mr. Maclean is a Director of Britain’s oldest gap year charity, the Project Trust, based in the Hebrides, and has Hyperborean responsibilities as a Chieftain of the Clan Maclean, including working to sustain the cultural heritage and economy of fragile island communities. In 1976 he initiated a proposal for the British prototype for what is now the world’s largest international educational exchange programme, the Japanese Government’s Exchange and Teaching Programme, JET, in which 42 countries participate and to which both Britain and Canada contribute several hundred graduate recruits each year. This is now the largest single employer of British graduates and has produced a major beneficial multiplier effect. He is married to Qamar, a former French language teacher, and they have two sons studying at King’s College, Cambridge. He is co-author of books on China, Japan, Mongolia and the Eurobond markets and has lectured and broadcast on strategic issues. He is Chief Executive of the consultancy company, MWM (Strategy), is on the CUKC Council, and was Adviser to the 2009 Colloquium on “The Global Economic Crisis: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward”.
Head, North America Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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Andrew Millar is the Head of the North America Group at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office He started work in the Health Physics department at Torness Nuclear Power Station in 1983. He left in 1990 and obtained a Degree and Master in Economics from the University of East Anglia. He joined the Civil Service in 1994 working as a regulatory economist within the Office of Gas Supply and joined the FCO in 1996, as regional economist for the Americas and Caribbean. In 1998 he moved on promotion to cover the Asia regional economy portfolio. He was posted as First Secretary to Pretoria (2000-05). On return from his posting he took over as Team-Leader- Energy Security in Climate Change and Energy Group within the FCO, serving as UK representative on the non-member country committee in the International Energy Agency and was a member of the G8 energy experts group in the run up to the St Petersburg Summit. He moved into HR in 2007, as Team Leader - Training and Development, before being pulled back into energy security, leading within the FCO on preparations for the London Energy Meeting in December 2008. Immediately prior to taking over the current role, he was network coordinator on the international response to economic and financial crisis.
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Philip Peacock is Chairman of the Canada-United Kingdom Colloquia and before that he was for some years its treasurer. He is also a Member of the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Peacock is a solicitor and Senior Partner in the Westminster firm of Radcliffes LeBrasseur and was previously a partner in Lovell White & King (now Lovells). He was resident in Saudi Arabia for four years and subsequently was the Senior Partner of Crossman Block before his firm merged with Radcliffes in 1995. He has acted for Canadian clients for many years and has advised corporate clients in a wide field of business activities, including mergers and acquisitions, banking, telecommunications, power generation and health.
Vice Chancellor, University of Westminster
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Geoffrey Petts is the Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of Westminster. Since 1985, he has been Editor- in-chief of “River Research and Applications” and since 2004 a Member of the UK Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Programme Development Group. He has held a number of important scientific appointments including: Member ICSU (International Council for Science) Scientific Committee on Water Research (1996-2003); Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, UNESCO IHP Eco-Hydrology Programme (1998- 2000); Member, Scientific Advisory Board, US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Long-term Monitoring Programme for the upper Mississippi River, (1989-99); Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme; Management of Land-Water Ecotones (1989-97). He was Lead/Co-Leader on a number of EU Research Projects: 1995-99: European River Margins II: Role of biodiversity; 1995-99: Arctic and Alpine Stream Ecosystems; 1993-96: European River Margins as Indicators of Global Change. In 2009 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, International Society for River Science and in 2007 was awarded the Busk Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He has authored and edited 22 books including: Boon, P.J., Davies B., and G.E. Petts (eds.) Global Perspectives on River Conservation Wiley, Chichester, 2000 and has written more than 140 Scientific Papers including: “Glacial streams: physical and ecological characteristics” Freshwater Biology 1994, 295-308; “The sensitivity of glacial streams to environmental change” Aquatic Conservation, 1995, 233-247; “A new model for alpine glacial river ecosystems” Freshwater Biology, 2001, 46, 1833-1848; “Dams and geomorphology: research progress and future directions” Geomorphology, 2005, 71, 27-47 and “Integrating climate-hydrology- ecology for alpine river systems” Aquatic Conservation, 2007, 17, 636-656.
University of Oxford
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Richard Powell took a Double First Class in Geography at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, where he was awarded the H.O. Beckit Memorial Prize and a Gibbs Book Prize (BA, 1998). He then studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation Scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (MA[Distinction], 2000). He was awarded his PhD by the Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in May 2004. Following his doctoral studies, Richard held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cambridge and a Simon Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester, before moving to a Lectureship (Grade B) at the University of Liverpool in September 2006. Since September 2010, Richard has been University Lecturer in Human Geography, and a Tutorial Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. His research interests include the geopolitics of natural resources, energy policy and the geographies of science. His fieldwork has been conducted across the Circumpolar Arctic, and has included an ethnography of the Polar Continental Shelf Project (now PCSProgram) at Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Dr. Powell recently held an ESRC/RCEP (Research Councils’ Energy Programme) Interdisciplinary Early Career Research Fellowship, (2007-10), entitled ‘The socio-political, environmental and technological implications of climatic changes in the Circumpolar Arctic for UK Energy Security’. This work has involved investigation of the emergence of the Arctic as an envisaged frontier for hydrocarbon extraction, particularly developments around offshore Greenland. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Area Prize (2002) and the Environment and Planning A Ashby Prize (2007).
Andrew Rosindell MP
Chairman, British-Canada All Party Parliamentary Group
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Andrew Rosindell is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford in Essex. He was first elected to Parliament in 2001, having been the first Conservative to gain a seat from Labour after 1997. Renowned for being an expert campaigner, when elected in 2001, Mr. Rosindell secured the largest swing to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. He was re-elected to the House of Commons in 2005 and 2010 and has now served in Parliament for nearly ten years. In June 2010 Andrew was elected to serve as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Through the Committee he will be taking an even closer interest in British foreign policy and international affairs. He is also Chairman of the British-Canadian All Party Parliamentary Group and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He is Chairman of the Flags & Heraldry Committee and recently won a long running campaign to have the Union Flag flown for the Victoria Tower of the U.K. Parliament all year round. He also chairs the Royal Society of St. George (Houses of Parliament Branch), along with a number of other cross party groups in Parliament, including those dedicated to Australia and New Zealand, British Overseas Territories, Isle of Man, Turks & Caicos Islands, Montserrat, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Mauritius. He was formerly a Shadow Home Affairs Minister with special responsibility for Animal Welfare, having previously served as one of Her Majesty’s Opposition Whips and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. He continues to take a strong interest in animal welfare issues and is Chairman of the Zoos and Aquariums group and Secretary of the Associate Group on Animal Welfare. Politically, Mr. Rosindell is known for being a great supporter of Lady Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979–90). Who personally campaigned for him in both the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. He has a particular interest in issues relating to the Monarchy, the Flag and the Commonwealth and also spends much time working in support of the sixteen British Overseas Territories and five Crown Dependencies. He was also appointed as a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in July 2010 by Foreign Secretary, The Rt. Hon. William Hague M.P.
British Antarctic Survey
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Emily Shuckburgh leads the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. She is also a fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She is a climate scientist who has previously worked at Ecolé Normal Superieure in Paris and at MIT. Her personal research concerns atmosphere and ocean dynamics using theoretical, observational and numerical modelling approaches. At the University of Cambridge she lectures an undergraduate course on climate change in the Department of Earth Sciences and is a faculty member of the Climate Leadership Programme, which provides perspectives on the challenges of, and strategies for, tackling climate change to strategic-level business leaders and senior-level representatives from the public sector and international NGOs. At present she is undertaking a part-time secondment to the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their scientific publications committee.
School of Law, University of Southampton
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Andrew Serdy lectures in Public International Law and the International Law of the Sea at the School of Law, University of Southampton. He has also been a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong (NSW). Before his appointment to the University of Southampton in 2005, Andrew was first briefly an employed solicitor with Freehill, Hollingdale & Page in Sydney and then worked for many years in the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There he first served in a number of diplomatic positions (including postings in Tokyo and Warsaw), before specialising from 1996 in the law of the sea in the Department’s Sea Law, Environmental Law and Antarctic Policy Section, becoming Executive Officer (i.e. deputy director) in 2002. In this capacity he drafted significant parts of Australia’s November 2004 submission under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the outer limits of Australia’s shelf where it extends beyond 200 miles from the territorial sea baseline, as well as being a member of the team that formally presented the submission to the Commission, and interacted with the subcommission established to examine it, at its 15th session in New York in April 2005. Dr. Serdy has since published several journal articles on the delineation of the outer limit of the continental shelf and on his other specialisation, international fisheries law.
Marine Manager, World Wildlife Fund-International
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Simon Walmsley is Marine Manager at WWF-International. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Environmental Biology specialising in salt marsh ecology/biomonitoring and microbial ecology. Following his degree he worked as an agricultural agronomist for 2 years, specialising in salt tolerant plants/trace element plant physiology in the context of fertilizer development. He did his PhD at Hull University in Marine Biomonitoring and Ecotoxicology, looking at biomonitoring tools such as indicator species and the genetics of pollutant tolerant marine populations. He carried out research with the British Antarctic Survey and at the Institute of Coastal and Estuarine Studies. He undertook various teaching positions including at an associate technical college in Montego Bay, Jamaica. On returning to the UK he became Environmental Adviser for a German manufacturer of water quality instrumentation. He has been at WWF for over 11 years and head of the marine programme for over 5 years. Initially as marine pollution officer, then head of the toxics programme. He was, seconded to DEFRA, then North East Atlantic programme manager and then Head of WWF-UK marine programme. In November 2009 he was appointed to his present position with WWF-International as Marine Manager, where he now specialises and advises the WWF Network on Global Ocean Governance issues.
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Corine Wood-Donnelly is a doctoral research student based at Brunel University in London. Her research aims to develop a long-term historical approach to the development of the Maritime Arctic as a region of interest in international relations. This is being completed through the exploration of the progression of the influence of Arctic structures of international law and shared systems of understanding in combination with the identities and interests of the Arctic Five. She lectures in Politics and History and has been published in a variety of mediums on international relations topics. She is developing a particular niche of expertise on the Arctic policy of the maritime Arctic states.