As SAO chair, Mr. Borbey will work closely with senior Arctic officials from the eight Arctic states that comprise the Arctic Council, as well as with the heads of the Council’s six Indigenous Permanent Participants, in managing the Arctic Council’s activities during Canada’s chairmanship.
“As Canada assumes the chairmanship in May of
this year, we will lead the important work of the Arctic Council. Mr.
Borbey’s extensive experience working with Northerners will be a great
asset in his role as the chair of the Arctic Senior Officials,” said
The overarching theme for Canada’s
chairmanship will be Development for the People of the North, with
sub-themes of Responsible Arctic Resource Development, Safe Arctic
Shipping and Sustainable Circumpolar Communities.
Mr. Borbey will continue to serve as president of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Sigrid Anna Johnson, Canada’s SAO, will continue to represent Canada at the Arctic Council.
The Arctic Council is a leading intergovernmental forum where Canada advances its Arctic foreign policy and national interests as outlined in its Northern Strategy.
The council was set up to promote cooperation and coordination among
the Arctic states, in consultation with the Arctic’s Indigenous peoples,
on common Arctic issues.
For more information on Canada’s work on international Arctic issues, please see Canada and the Circumpolar World.
For further information, media representatives may contact:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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Canada Announces Chair of Senior Arctic Officials
Fri, Mar 08, 2013
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, with the support of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, has designated Patrick Borbey as chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) during Canada’s two-year term as chair of the Arctic Council, which will extend from May 2013 to May 2015.