Carleton to Hold Panel Discussion on Arctic Development

Carleton’s Centre for European Studies is holding a panel discussion on development in the Arctic. The discussion, entitled Economic Development and Governance in the Arctic: Challenges for Europe and Canada, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Panelists include former Yukon premier Tony Penikett, University of Québec at Montréal (UQAM) researcher Joël Plouffe and Carleton professor Stephan Schott. The panel will be moderated by Anja Jeffrey, director of the Centre for the North.

This event explores appropriate roles for various public and private actors in decisions about economic development in this important region, with a particular emphasis on perspectives from Canada and the European Union. Speakers will address what types of governance arrangements will best ensure that development is sustainable, ecologically responsible, and sensitive to the interests of key stakeholders.

The Arctic presents immense opportunities for economic development and exploitation of previously inaccessible natural resources; at the same time it has become the subject of power projections from a variety of actors from local and international levels. The combination of climate change, new technologies and political developments affect Canada and the Scandinavian countries, as well as other EU member states.

Where: Senate Room, Sixth Floor, Robertson Hall, Carleton University

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Parking: Media are invited to park in lot P1. Please leave your media credentials on your dashboard.

About Tony Penikett:
Tony Penikett spent 25 years in public service, including two years in the House of Commons as chief of staff to former federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent, five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly and two terms as premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated a final agreement for First Nations land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health and language legislation. He also led Yukon 2000, a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process. Penikett is currently an adjunct professor in Simon Fraser University’s Master of Public Policy program and in the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

About Joël Plouffe:
Joël Plouffe is a research fellow at the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at UQAM. He is an active member of the Northern Research Forum and managing editor of the upcoming Arctic Yearbook 2012. Plouffe’s research on Arctic security and geopolitics has taken him to many different parts of the Arctic. He is a U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program Alumni and will be leading a task force on Arctic security at the University of Washington in 2013. He was recently embedded with the Canadian Forces during Operation Nanook in the Canadian Arctic. He is pursuing his PhD on U.S. foreign policy-making and the Arctic in the Department of Political Science at UQAM.

About Stephan Schott:
Stephan Schott is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. His areas of expertise include natural resource management, resource and sustainable development in the Arctic, and energy policy. He has a PhD in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of Guelph.


For more information:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391