The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) is a new research facility located in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut dedicated to science and technology in the North. Under the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), POLAR and CHARS are responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology.
Polar Knowledge Canada Board of Directors consists of nine members appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office on a part-time basis. The Board oversees POLAR’s science and technology plan as well as annual work plans and budgets. Those appointed have knowledge or experience that will assist POLAR in carrying out its purpose, having regard to the ethnic, linguistic and regional diversity of Canada’s Arctic.
Polar Knowledge Canada and its CHARS campus was established to attract Canadian and international scientists to work on science and technology issues in Canada’s North and provide a technology development centre, traditional knowledge centre and advanced laboratories. Its purpose is to advance knowledge of the Canadian Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and the quality of life of its residents and all other Canadians; promote the development and dissemination of knowledge of the other circumpolar regions, including the Antarctic; strengthen Canada’s leadership on Arctic issues; and establish a hub for scientific research in the Canadian Arctic.
Mr. Anderson is the Fisheries and Marine Institute’s Director of Development and Engagement.