Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystems, Economies, and Northern Communities: Dialogue between Scientific and Traditional Knowledge

Organized by Institut nordique du Québec and Gouvernement du Québec 25. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 15:30-17:00

Location: Silfurberg B, Harpa Second Level

The Institut nordique du Québec and Gouvernement du Québec are organizing a breakout session aiming to spur dialogue between academic, scientific, aboriginal, and government perspectives regarding the importance of knowledge, expertise sharing, and national and international cooperation to sustainable northern development. Presentations will focus on the knowledge essential to northern development in the context of climate change.


  • The Honourable Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec


  • Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Québec Nature and Technology Research Fund


  • Alain Bourque, Executive Director, Ouranos: Development Perspectives in a Climate Change Context.


“Which adaptation measures are unavoidable in response to climate change in the North and how can we best plan them?”

  • Louis Fortier, Scientific Director of ArcticNet, Université Laval, Québec
  • Adamie Delisle-Alaku, Vice-president, Renewable Resources, Makivik Corporation, Québec
  • Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector, Reykjavik University
  • Finn Danielsen, Director, Nordic Council of Ministers project ”Nordic Resource Management"
  • Moderator: Christos Sirros, Agent-General, Québec Government Office in London


  • Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director, Future Earth: Challenges for the Future Global International Scientific Community and the Fight Against Climate Change.


  • Yves Bégin, Vice-rector, Research and Academic Affairs, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Québec