Northern Sustainable Development Challenges : a Comparative Approach

Organized by the Government of Quebec 13. September 2017

Québec has pledged to share its views with circumpolar experts on an annual basis. And as part of its promise, it proposes to hold a session at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly on the theme of the scientific challenges of northern development. 

Friday, October 13, 16:15 - 17:45

Location: Ríma A, Ground Level


The talk will offer an original format whereby one Quebec and one international expert will team up to each present their own synopsis of a particular development challenge. This engaging format will provide an opportunity for inspiring dialogue as they share examples of some of the successful formulas employed worldwide in such vast social undertakings. The scientific challenges that will be addressed this year include energy, biofood, and environmental protection. There will also be a recap of the Fourth Arctic Circle Forum, which was held in Québec City under the theme Sustainable Development in Northern Regions: an Integrated and Partnership-based Approach and presented the unique model of Québec’s Plan Nord.


  • Robert Sauvé, President and CEO, Société du Plan Nord of Québec: Québec Arctic Forum Synthesis; Québec Northern governance: a model?
  • Louis Fortier, Scientific director and innovation of Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), Université Laval, Québec: Northern Sustainable Development : a scientific perspective
  • Jasmin Raymond, INQ-INRS Chairhollder on Northern Geothermal Potential Research, Québec: Are geothermal technologies a solution to energy challenges faced in Nunavik?
  • Juliet Newson, Director, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University: The challenges of geothermal energy in Iceland
  • Murray Humphriesm, INQ-McGill Chairholder in Northern Research-Wildlife Conservation and Tradional Food Security, Québec: The traditional food systems of Indigenous Peoples of Northern North America
  • Gert Mulvad MD, GP, Doctor h.c., Greenland Center for Health Research, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland: Traditional Food, Benefit/Risk communication in Artic communities
  • Adamie Delisle Alaku, Vice-president, Renewable Resources, Makivik Corporation, Québec: Nunavik Park Model


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