Canadian Arctic Policy: Recent Developments and the Way Ahead

Organized by the Center for International Governance Innovation 16. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

LocationNorðurljós, Harpa Second Level

Canada with its vast Arctic territory is a central player in Arctic development and diplomacy. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is organizing a breakout session on permanent factors, lasting principles and new developments in Canadian Arctic Policy. 

Experts will discuss topics such as changes in Federal Arctic Policy under the Trudeau government over the past year, the challenges and opportunities created by Arctic warming, relations with Territorial Governments and Indigenous inhabitants, urgent social issues, infrastructure needs including roads, ports, airports and broadband, security and defense, foreign policy, Canada-US relations, and federal /provincial / territorial differences.


  • Whitney Lackenbauer, Professor, Department of History, St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo): Canadian Arctic Policy: Continuity and Change
  • David Runnalls, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and International Institute for Sustainable Development: Climate Change and the Canadian Arctic
  • Suzanne Lalonde, Professor of Law, University of Montreal: Legal Issues in Canada’s Arctic Policy
  • Stephen Van Dine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Renewing Canadian Arctic and Northern Policy
  • Rob Huebert, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary: Canada and Russia in the Arctic: Dialogue and Deterrence
  • Shaleen Woodward, Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of the Northwest Territories: Northwest Territories’ Perspective on Canada’s Arctic Policy
  • Senior representative, Global Affairs Canada: Canada’s International Arctic Policies in Transition*


  • John Higginbotham, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Carleton University