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Warming of the North conference opens March 2 in Ottawa

February 9, 2015

OTTAWA, Ont.–The Transport Institute and the Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba have mounted an exciting conference focused on Arctic transportation issues. The Warming of the North: Opportunities and Challenges for Transportation, Supply Chain Management and Economic Development will take place on Monday March 2 through Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

An impressive line-up of speakers has been recruited for the conference, including people from academia, the federal and territorial governments, indigenous communities and industry. Over thirty speakers from both Canada and abroad will cover all aspects of Arctic transportation and supply chain management, from government policy to the day-to-day operating issues of shippers, carriers and infrastructure providers, to the impacts of northern development on local communities.

A keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Yazmine Larouche, Associate Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, followed by presentations from a number of prominent Arctic researchers and practitioners.
Dr. David Babb will be presenting a paper co-written by Dr. David Barber –both are well known Arctic researchers from the University of Manitoba and will be speaking on climate related vulnerabilities for marine transport at
Churchill. Mr. Bernard Funston is the President of Northern Canada Consulting and former Chair of the Canadian Polar Commission. He will be the opening speaker at the first plenary session, speaking on the transportation
objectives of northern nations.

Dr. John Higginbotham heads the Centre for International Governance at Carleton University and has been active in examining northern issues for several years.

As the U.S. is the incoming Chair of the Arctic Council,  a representative from the United States Embassy in Ottawa will be featured as the Keynote Luncheon Speaker on Monday, March 2.
Speakers from Norway include Dr. Natalie Marchenko, Research Associate in Arctic Technology at the University Centre in Svalbard, and Mr. Terje Aunevik who is the Daglig Leder of Pole Position Spitsbergen, Port of
Chief Ovide Mercredi, an experienced and well-known indigenous leader in Canada will participate in a Round Table discussion at the close of the conference. This conference moves the discourse beyond the fact of climate change to
the practical realities of how to deal with its impacts in the Arctic region.

Visit to view the full conference agenda and
registration details.