Jessica M. Shadian, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Arctic360

Over the course of two decades, Shadian has lived and worked as a researcher, associate professor, and consultant throughout the European and North American Arctic. Dr. Shadian is widely published; her peer-reviewed books, articles, book chapters and other news commentary concentrate on the global politics of the Arctic, Arctic Indigenous governance and law, critical Arctic infrastructure innovation and investment, and Canadian Arctic security and diplomacy. Her expertise is regularly solicited by media organisations, governments, the private sector, academia, and think tanks. Shadian’s 2014 book: The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge) is the first in-depth history of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Inuit sovereignty in global politics reaching back to pre-European discovery. Her consulting work began while living in the Norwegian Arctic as the co-creator and organizer of an Arctic Dialogue series that brought together state and local political and industry leaders, local and Indigenous communities, and academia to increase information sharing about Arctic resource development. Dr. Shadian holds a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Delaware (2006) during which she wrote her doctoral dissertation at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, UK on an NSF award. She spent the following 5 years in Norway at the Barents Institute and then as a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø after which she was awarded an Associate Professor, Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship, at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Denmark. In June 2017, Shadian completed a two-year Nansen Professorship co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Akureyri, Iceland after which she turned to dedicate herself full-time to build Arctic360. Shadian lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

Madeleine Redfern, LL.B.

Executive Director of the Northern Branch, Arctic360

Madeleine Redfern is an Indigenous woman involved in high-tech and innovation. Actively involved in transformative technologies in telecommunications, transportation and energy. 

Currently Madeleine is the President of Amautiit: Nunavut Inuit Women’s Association, President of Ajungi Consulting Group; Chair of Nunavut Legal Services Board; Advisor to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Trudeau Foundation Board Member (former Trudeau Foundation Mentor); Co-Chair with Gordon Munk Arctic Security Program; Board member of Maliiganik Legal Aid.  Madeleine is from Iqaluit, Nunavut and a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School with an LLB from the University of Victoria. She was the first Inuk to be given a Supreme Court of Canada clerkship.

As a businesswoman and a strong social advocate for transformative initiatives, Madeleine has a great deal of governance and volunteer experience with Indigenous and Inuit organizations, including, but not limited to, Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation; Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, and one of the founding members of Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and Inuit Head Start in Ottawa. Madeleine was also the executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a commission that reviewed the “effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit” between the 1950s and 1980s.

Madeleine’s advocacy, professional, and governance work shown my dedication and passion towards the development and delivery of programs assisting Indigenous, Inuit, northerners and Canadians that reflect their values, needs, and priorities.  Madeleine received the Indspire Award for Public Service to acknowledge and celebrate all her hard work, commitment and contributions.

“Arctic 360 intends to address the full range of economic challenges that persist in the Canadian North due to the lack of infrastructure from…the creation of a Bay Street Northern Professionals internship program, plans to take Bay Street investors to visit the North…turning the inaugural conference into an annual conference…as well as developing an Arctic Infrastructure Investment Analysis…Up to now there is no other think tank that focuses squarely on these topics…[and] includes an Arctic 360 office steps away from Bay Street as well as a branch in Iqaluit…Arctic 360’s Board of Directors and advisors are some of the leading professionals in the North and/or whom have dedicated their careers to the well-being and prosperity of the Arctic. I have considerable expectations for Arctic 360 to become the premier think tank in Canada dedicated to the emerging economy of the North American Arctic.”

— Clint Davis, CEO, Nunasi Corporation, 2018

Partnership Committee

Trina Hiscock, Founder & Chief Simplifier, TRIA Consulting/Strategic Advisor to Arctic360

Rosemary Kuptana, Inuit Political Leader

Dan Pujdak, Chief Strategy Officer, Blackbird Strategies

Advisory Committee

Darron Bain, Managing Director, Concert Infrastructure

Clint Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Nunasi Corporation

Jim Gamble, Senior Arctic Program Officer, Pacific Environment, Anchorage, Alaska

Michael Gordon, Director General Kativik Regional Government (KRG)

Paul Gruner, Chief Executive Officer, Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC)

Tom Hoefer, Executive Director, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Inuuteq Holm-Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Greenland Representation to the EU in Brussels.

Bob McLeod, Former Premier of the Northwest Territories

Elie Mouzon, Software Executive, ESG/HSE/GRC

Tom Paddon, Chair, Baffinland Iron Mines

David Ramsay, Former Minister, Dept of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Gov’t of the NW Territories; Board of Directors for Fortune Minerals

Alice Rogoff, MBA, Publisher, Arctic Today

Mead Treadwell, Co-Chair, Polar Institute, Wilson Center

Doug Turnbull, Vice Chairman and Country Head, Canada, DBRS Morningstar

Strengthening the
North American Arctic

Arctic360 is dedicated to educating and engaging with the public about the pressing issues and potential solutions for building a prosperous and sustainable Arctic region. Contact us if you have any questions about our activities or if you would like to be more involved.