Canada’s northern communities, environment, and resources are receiving much attention from governments, businesses, and the media across Canada and around the world. Global economic growth is creating a new hunger for the resources that the North holds in abundance. Climate change is opening new opportunities in shipping and resource development even as it threatens existing infrastructure and traditional ways of life. Increased investment, from within Canada and abroad, can bring benefits to the North, but also presents challenges for local communities and the environment.

Hence, sessions have been set up to provide a forum for open discussion amongst speakers and delegates on the top issues affecting them. The dynamic, stimulating discussions to follow will help to make this forum one to remember. 

Conference speakers include:
Pita Aatami, President, Makivik Corporation
Seth Atkins, Director, Holmes Homes, The Holmes Group
Thomas S. Axworthy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation
Michael S. Byers, Professor and Canada Research Chair, The University of British Columbia
Clément Chartier, President, Métis National Council
Clint M. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Joseph Deklic, Vice President, Strategic Investments, Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Paul Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorthwesTel Inc.
Kelly Lendsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Human Resource Council
Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen, Ambassador of Denmark, Embassy of Denmark
The Rt Hon Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada, and Founder, Martin Aboriginal Initiative
Her Worship Madeleine Redfern, Mayor, City of Iqaluit
The Hon. Floyd K. Roland, Premier, Northwest Territories
Eberhard Scherkus, President and Chief Operating Officer, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited
Duane Smith, President, Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada
Gabriela Sparling, Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, Gvnt of the Northwest Territories

This event will be of particular value to business leaders, local, regional, and national governments, and community and Aboriginal leaders. To connect with northern development experts from the public or private sectors, have a look at the conference "Networking Opportunities" webpage to see currently registered organizations. 

This event is now less than 2 weeks away, so register as soon as possible to secure your place!

Save on Registration and Travel!

Participants may be eligible to save on registration through various promotional rates. View the fees and special offers page for more information.

Secured special rates for all conference delegates for travel on First Air as well as accommodation at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort have been made. For more information on these savings, please visit the accommodations and travel page

To view the conference agenda, please click here

For further information, please contact:

Joel Elliott, Conference Marketer
The Conference Board of Canada
Tel +1-613-526-3090 / x236;