Speakers

Senator Margaret Dawn Anderson
NWT

Darrell Beaulieu
CEO, Denendeh Investment Corporation

Darrell Beaulieu was born and raised in Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories and has served three terms as the Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, whose traditional territory surrounds the capital area.

In October 2005, Darrell was appointed President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Incorporated by its Board of Directors. Prior to being appointed to DII, Mr. Beaulieu was the founding President of Deton’Cho Corporation and Deton’Cho Diamonds. Mr. Beaulieu has been employed or self-employed in various aspects of mineral exploration in the NWT for many years and has served on both the Mine Training Society and NWT Chamber of Mines Boards of Directors.

At present, Darrell is on the Board of Directors of the NWT Law Foundation, Northland Utilities (Yellowknife & NWT), and since 2005 was appointed the Chair of the Northwest Territories Business Development Corporation (BDIC) by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Patricia Boeg-Jensen
Business Sweden, Swedish Trade Commission, Toronto

Patricia is a Project Manager and Mining Industry Advisor at Business Sweden – the Swedish Trade and Invest Council. She focuses on the mining sector in Canada and Sweden from a trade and investment perspective. Before joining Business Sweden, Patricia lived in Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, for over ten years and worked at the state-owned iron ore mining company LKAB for eight years. She has experience from the operational and strategic side of the mining industry and has led several global R&D projects. In addition, she worked as a Project Manager at the urban transformation in Kiruna to facilitate the relocation process of people, homes, housing, and business premises to ensure the availability of land affected by mining operations. 

Mark Brajer
Chief Executive Officer, Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation & Group of Companies

Hon. David Collenette

David Connelly
Vice President Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Cheetah Resources

Louis J. Crishock
U.S. Senior Arctic Official

 

Louis John Crishock was born February 8, 1971 in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, Virginia in 1989. He received a B.A. in religion summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, in 1993, and an MA in sociology from the same institution in 1995.

In 2017, he was a distinguished graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy of the National Defense University, Washington, DC (MS, national resource strategy).

Following graduation in 1995, Crishock taught sociology at Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia (Academic Year 1995-1996) as part of the Civic Education Project. From 1996-1998 he served as the Civic Education Project’s Deputy Director for Russia based in Moscow, where he worked with Russian and international colleagues promoting educational exchange.

Mr. Crishock joined the Foreign Service in January 1999. He has served at several overseas postings as well as in Washington, DC. His most recent overseas postings were as Chargé d’Affaires in St. George’s, Grenada (2012-2015) and Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2019-2021).

Crishock speaks Serbo-Croatian, Russian and some Ukrainian. His hobbies include reading and jazz music. Mr. Crishock is single and has no children.

James Davies
President and CEO, Davie Shipbuilding

Clint Davis
CEO, Nunasi Corporation

H.E. Roy Eriksson
Ambassador of Finland to Canada

H.E. Roy Eriksson is the Ambassador of Finland in Canada since 2019. He arrived to Canada from Mexico, where he served as the Ambassador of Finland to Mexico, as well as being the concurrent Ambassador of Finland to Central America.

Ambassador Eriksson started his career in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1990. He has served in different departments of the Ministry, the latest being the Department for Americas and Asia, where he worked as the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Further to Mexico, he has served in Turkey, Germany and the Finnish Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels. This is the second time he represents his country in Canada.

Ambassador Eriksson has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Helsinki. He is married and has a son.

Han

Hanne Fugl Eskjær
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Canada

Ambassador Hanne Fugl Eskjaer moved to Ottawa in September of 2019 where she enjoys strengthening the already strong bonds between Canada, Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

The ambassador was previously the Arctic Ambassador and Head of the North America Department in Copenhagen.

Ambassador Eskjaer has also been the Ambassador to Bangladesh and for the past 23years held various Ministry of Foreign Affairs positions throughout the world, including Syria, Prague, New York, and now Canada –working on EU, UN, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, Security, Development, Indigenous rights and cultural policies.

The ambassador has also worked as Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner for Human Rights and Democracy of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, Copenhagen University.

John Fleming
Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa

Peter Garapick
Director of Industry and Government Relations, Quark Expeditions and Member of Executive Committee, Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO)

Peter is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up messing about in boats. This influenced his career and life as he went from sailing student to instructor, dingy and yacht racer to Bluenose II tall ship crew. While completing his BSC in Biology and MBA in Marketing and Transportation at Dalhousie University, Peter worked summers with Canadian Coast Guard at an Inshore Rescue Boat station, first as deckhand and then in-charge coxswain.

The summer-work translated into a full-time career that would last 30 years. Though he managed almost all the CG programs over the years, his focus was always on Search and Rescue and it was in the last several years of his career that he matched this role with the Arctic. There, he led the implementation of community based SAR stations in Arctic communities as part of the CCG Auxiliary, having visited more than 45 communities and saw the establishment of 25 SAR units. He also established the first Inshore Rescue Boat station in the Arctic in Rankin Inlet – coming full circle of where he started with CCG.

His work in the Arctic also involved the Arctic expedition cruise industry where he aimed to ensure safe operations in such an extreme environment. He was so impressed with this safe and responsible industry that it led to his next career. Today he is the Consulting Director of Industry and Government Relations for Quark Expeditions and a member of the Executive Committee of the Norwegian based Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators(AECO).

Peter is married to Elsa who he met on a dock one summer when she was messing around in boats. They reside in the countryside of SW Ontario near water, along the shores of Lake Eire. They have two daughters, one finishing a degree in Engineering and the other in her third year of med school.

Andrew Ghattas
Director, Natural Resources Canada

Hlynur Guðjónsson
Ambassador of Iceland to Canada

Ambassador Guðjónsson has 30 years’ experience in international trade and investment, public relations, advertising, and politics. He holds degrees in Integrated Marketing Communication as well as History from Emerson College (USA) and the University of Iceland, respectively.

Prior to joining the Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa in August 2021, he served as Consul General and Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Iceland in New York, where he was responsible for the trade and investment portfolio for the United States and Canada.
There he served concurrently as the General Manager of the Icelandic-American Chamber of Commerce, co-founder and chairman of the Nordic Innovation House New York and Nordic City Solutions. He founded and served on the board of the Foreign Trade Commissioner’s Association in New York, of which he was the Chairman from 2006-2012. Guðjónsson was appointed to the Export and Marketing Council of Iceland in February 2019 for four years.
Prior to the Consulate General’s office, Guðjónsson served as brand manager for Icelandic USA, Inc., a global seafood importer, wholesaler, and manufacturer, where he developed and executed the company’s branding initiatives, as well as different advertising and public relations agencies.
Kenneth

Kenneth Høegh
Head of Representation to Canada and US, Government of Greenland

Mr. Kenneth Høegh has vast experience and knowledge within Arctic matters. As a Greenland national Mr. Høegh was born in 1966 in South Greenland in Narsaq, and dedicated his early career to rural development in this region as well as internationally.

He served as an advisor in the Government of Greenland, followed by posts to Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam, with a focus on Government to Government projects on rural development. Upon his return, Mr. Høegh worked as Deputy CEO/Acting CEO at Kujalleq Municipality in South Greenland, before he became Deputy Minister, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Greenland. In August 2021, he was posted to the Greenland Representation Washington D.C. Mr. Høegh has acquired in depth experience and knowledge within Greenland and the Arctic, Greenlandic social and business conditions, the Kingdom’s foreign and security policy in the Arctic, including in particular bilateral cooperation between Greenland, Denmark and the United States. Mr. Høegh has a large network around Greenlandic society as well as networks in Nordic, Greenlandic-American and Arctic co-operation, and also has experience within tourism development, fisheries policy, infrastructure development and natural resource management.

In his personal life he is married to Pitsi Høegh and has four children, and two grandchildren.

Heidi Kutz
Senior Arctic Official and Director General, Arctic, Eurasion, and European Affairs, Global Affairs Canada

Jim Landon

Jim Landon
President ATCO Frontec (Confirmed) / Clint Davis, CEO, Nunasi, Board of Directors, Nasittuq Corp

Jim Landon was appointed to lead the ATCO Frontec Division in November 2017 and is responsible for ATCO’s Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Disaster and Emergency Management and Workforce Housing Camp Services business. ATCO Frontec delivers Operational Support Services to government and commercial clients across Canada as well as in the USA and Europe.

After a successful 28-year career and having reached the rank of Colonel, Mr. Landon retired from the British Army in May 2017 and joined ATCO. His military career included operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was Commander of the British Army Training Unit in Suffield in Alberta from 2012 to 2015 before deciding to settle with his family in Canada.

Mr. Landon was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, a Masters in International Liaison and Communication and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Educations Program.

Alanna La Rose
Manager, Strategic Partnerships, RBC

Brandon MacDonald
Vice President of Strategy and Growth, Pennecon

Jeff Maurice
CEO, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)

Erin

Hon. Erin O’Toole, P.C., C.D.
Member of Parliament, Durham

The Hon. Erin O’Toole has led a life of service. He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force when he was 18 and attended the Royal Military College. His time in the RCAF took him across Canada, completing basic training in Chilliwack, BC; earning his wings in Winnipeg, MB; and serving out of Halifax, NS as a tactical navigator on Sea King helicopters with 423 Squadron.
 
After 12 years of service, Erin retired from the military and spent the next decade working in the private sector as a corporate lawyer. He is a co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, a charity that serves veterans and military families across Canada.
 
He has been elected to represent Durham four times, first in a 2012 by-election, then again in 2015, 2019, and in 2021. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade before becoming Minister of Veterans Affairs, the first Veteran to serve in the role in a generation.
 
Elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2020, he had the honour of serving as Leader of the Opposition from 2020 to 2022 amid the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
He is married to Rebecca and they have two children, Mollie and Jack and a yellow lab named Wexford.

Senator Dennis Patterson
Nunavut

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.

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.

Helene

Helene Scherling Olsen
The Trade Council of Denmark / Royal Danish Consulate General in Toronto

Helene Scherling Olsen is Deputy Head of Trade and a Senior Commercial Advisor at the Danish Trade Councl in Toronto. Her focus area is on Arctic Commercial opportunities for companies in the Kingdom of Denmark. She has worked with Greenlandic and Danish companies and stakeholders since 2016, and for the past 3 years headed up the Arctic Business Alliance – ABA – consisting of 9 companies from Greenland and Denmark.  She has a strong passion for creating networks between the Canadian North and in particular Greenland. She is also a member of The Trade Council North America Food and Agriculture team lead from Washington D.C.  Helene has been working at the Danish Consulate and Trade Council since 2011. She has an extensive knowledge in working with private as well as public stakeholders, organising inbound and outbound business delegations, as well as public affairs and market access projects. She is a board member of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce since 2016. Helene is a dual citizen of Denmark and Canada making Canada her home for many years.

Dr. Ruben Shiffman
Executive Chairman, Greenland Resources

Hugh Short
Co-Founder and Chairman/CEO, Pt. Capital

Hugh S. Short is the Co-Founder and CEO for Pt Capital, an Alaska-based private equity firm with assets in North America and Europe. Hugh leads the portfolio construction, organizational growth, fundraising, and expansion into new markets. Prior to co-founding Pt Capital, Hugh was president and CEO of Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Hugh also served as the mayor of Bethel, Alaska from 2002 to 2004, and is a board member for Rural Energy Enterprises. Hugh is a shareholder of four Alaska Native Corporations, with heritage as an Inupiaq Eskimo. Short received a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage; and studied at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business.

Vasileios Tsianos
Director of Business Development & Global Government Relations, Neo Performance Materials

Per Unheim
Head of Public Affairs and Trade, Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa

Per is a senior international affairs, trade, and development professional with over 15 years of experience in over a dozen countries around the world. As Head of Public Affairs and Trade at the Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa he engages with government, private sector, and community stakeholders in both Canada and Iceland to deepen and broaden commercial, cultural, and other bilateral relations between these two countries. He also monitors and reports on political, economic, and security/defence-related decisions and trends in Canada of relevance to Iceland. Iceland’s trade and investment portfolio with Canada focuses on seafood and seatech, renewable energy and cleantech, health technology, creative industries, food and natural products, and tourism and travel. Per holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. 

Mike Walsh
Director General of Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“Arctic think tanks of different countries and capitals are extremely useful. They are the venues that we use to discuss the issues we have in the Arctic; we can also meet in a more informal setting in order to reach the consensus that we need to move forward.”

— Kenneth Hoegh, Head of Representation to Canada and US, Greenland Representation, 2022