CityAge Speakers


 Our Northern Future
The Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, Canada
March 17, 2015

The future of the Arctic is one of the most important international debates of the 21st Century. Government, businesses and people are asking questions that will have consequences for the North and the rest of the planet for generations to come.

That’s why on March 17, CityAge Media will organize the inaugural ArcticAge: Our Northern Future. This special event will gather leaders in business and government with indigenous and northern leaders to address new models of private and public investment in the Arctic.

What is the future of transportation in the North, and how will it change the Arctic and global trade routes? In the digital age, what are the monitoring systems to protect sovereignty and foster sustainable development? What infrastructure investments are essential to Northern development? What are the new approaches to connect and empower the Arctic through broadband and telecommunications? How will the North's indigenous peoples be partners and benefit from the legacy of investment?  

What happens in the Arctic will shape our future. We hope you can join us. 

DRAFT AGENDA ~ Subject to Change

8:30 am           Welcome by Conference MC

8:45 am           Comments by:           Terry Audla, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

9:05 am           Presentation by:        Mitch Bloom, Vice President, CanNor

9:25 am           Session 1:        Investing in the Arctic Age
Government and industry need to rethink how they can both manage the North's resources and develop these resources using new arrangements and partnerships that reduce investment risk for both. What partnerships can be established to bring northern resources into production and build essential infrastructure for social and economic development?

  • Catharine Farrow, CEO, TMAC Resources
  • Terry Audla, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Harry Flaherty, President, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
  • Janet King, President, CanNor

Panel Chair: Dennis Patterson, Senator, Government of Canada           

10:05 amPresentationby:        Rod Savoie, Senior Principal, Stantec

10:25 am         Morning Break         

10:50 am         Session 2:        Infrastructure in The Arctic Age
Billions of dollars are now being targeted for seaports, northern highways, airports, railways and telecommunications in the world’s North. What is the role of government, the private sector and indigenous peoples in building these networks? What are the essential technologies to do so in a way that protects the Arctic environment and grows the northern economy?

  • Don Plenderleith, Senior Environmental Engineer, Golder Associates
  • Tim Keane, Operations Manager, FedNav
  • Paul Flaherty, President & CEO, NWTel

Panel Chair: Adam Chamberlain, National Leader, North, Borden
Ladner Gervais

11:35 am         Presentation by:        Jeff Philipp, CEO, SSI Micro

11:55 am         Presentation by:        Hon. David Ramsay, Minister of Justice and Industry,  
Tourism and Investment, Northwest Territories

12:15 pm        Presentation by:        Cameron Zubko, Chief Operating Officer, Ice Wireless

12:35 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm          Presentation by:        Michael Dyment, President and CEO, LTA

1:50 pm          Session 3:        Monitoring The Arctic Age
With increased global and business interest in arctic resources and shipping routes, as well as the challenges of environmental change, it is essential that countries and businesses implement reliable methods to survey and monitor the vast territory. We will discuss where we are at and the challenges ahead in monitoring the Arctic. What systems do we have now and what does the future hold? Why is monitoring essential to sovereignty, economic development and sustainability?

  • Col. Pierre Leblanc (Retired), Raytheon Canada
  • Andre Dupuis, CEO, Space Strategies Consulting
  • Commander David Slayton, Executive Director, Arctic Security Working Group, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Panel Chair: Shelley Gilberg, Vice President and Partner, IBM Canada


2:35 pm          Presentation by:        Richard Dewey, Associate Director, Ocean Networks

2:55 pm          Afternoon Break

3:15 pmPresentation by:Miguel Rodrigues, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy to


3:30 pm          Session 4:        The Arctic Future: Educating the North
The Arctic offers its own perspectives and demands in research and education. Thanks to technology, a growing population and the potential of an expanding resource economy, many northerners now aspire to have their higher education in the North and stay there in their professional lives. The idea of an Arctic University within reach. What are the partnerships, financing models and technological systems that can make this possible to deliver the skilled professionals and the northern-based research that is essential to the Arctic’s future?

  • Frances Abele, Professor, Carleton University
  • Roger Epp, Vice-Provost, University of Alberta
  • Lara Setrakian, Founder, NewsDeeply
  • Max Blouw, President, Wilfrid Laurier University

Panel Chair: John Streicker, Councilor, City of Whitehorse       

4:15 pm          Presentation by:        Mika Mered, Managing Partner, Polarisk Group

4:35 pm          Session 5:        Gateway Cities: Why cities are vital to our northern future
Many Northern communities are facing rapid population growth and new investment in resources. This panel will look at the urban growth plans and infrastructure investments that are necessary for sustainable economic and social development. What are the partnerships to manage growth, maintain and grow essential infrastructure, transportation and energy. How do northern cities best fit into Canada’s export grid? What is the role of connections among gateway cities between Canada’s north and south?

  • Mark Heyck, Mayor, City of Yellowknife
  • Jeff McEachern, Executive Director, Churchill Gateway Development Corporation
  • Glen Vanstone, Vice President, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
  • Brock Friesen, President & CEO, First Air

5:20 pm          Conference Close

Confirmed Participants at ArcticAge include:

  • Arctic Fibre
  • Arctic Institute of North America
  • Arctic Response Canada
  • Association for Early Career Polar Researchers
  • ATCO Group
  • Auditor-General of Canada
  • Baffin Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Baffinland Iron Mines
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Bouygues Building Canada
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • CanNor
  • Carleton University
  • CEN – Centre d’études nordiques
  • Churchill Gateway Development Corporation
  • City of Edmonton
  • City of Whitehorse
  • City of Yellowknife
  • CRTC
  • Dalhousie University
  • Defence Research & Development Canada
  • Desgagnés Transarctik
  • Edmonton Ecoomic Development
  • First Air
  • GE
  • IBM
  • ICE Wireless
  • Industry Canada
  • Infrastructure Canada
  • Inuit Tapariit Kanatami
  • Japanese National Institute For Policy Studies
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kitnuna Group of Companies
  • Labrador North Chamber of Commerce
  • Learning Tree International
  • Makivik Corporation
  • Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning
  • Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure
  • MDA
  • National Research Council
  • Nolinor Aviation
  • NORSTRAT Consulting
  • Northern Microclimate Inc.
  • Northwest Territories
  • Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Nunatsiavut Government
  • NWTel
  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • Province of Quebec
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Raytheon Canada
  • Republic of France
  • Sarvaq Aviation
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • SSI Micro
  • Stanford University
  • Stantec
  • Summa Strategies
  • Summit Aviation Group
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • The Conference Board of Canada
  • TMAC Resources
  • Transport Canada
  • Trent University
  • UnitedHealthcare Global Medical
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • Université Laval
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Ottawa
  • Weartherhaven
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • York University
  • Yukon