Arctic Futures Symposium 2016 Programme

The 2016 symposium will focus on sustainable communities in the Arctic region and look back on the achievements of the Arctic Council during its first 20 years.


Session 1: Welcome and Opening Keynote

The symposium opens with a series of keynote speeches.

  • Baron Philippe Bodson - Honorary President of the Fédération Belge d’Entreprise, President of the Fondation pour l’Architecture, Member IPF Board
  • Mr João Aguiar Machado Director-General, DG MARE, European Commission
  • H.E. Mr Vittus Qujaukitsoq Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Government of Greenland


Session 2: The Arctic Council 20 Years: Shared Opportunities, Challenges & Responsibilities

Senior officials from the Arctic Council will present achievements of twenty years of co-operation for the Arctic. They will also provide the stakeholder viewpoint on the EU Integrated Arctic Policy paper published in April 2016.

  • Moderated by Dr. Michael Sfraga Vice Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • • Julia S. Gourley Senior Arctic Official, Government of USA
  • • Andrés Jato Senior Arctic Official, Foreign Ministry of Sweden
  • • Gunn-Britt Retter Head of the Arctic and Environment Unit, Saami Council
  • • Anniken Ramberg Krutnes Senior Arctic Official, Government of Norway
  • • Bob Paquin Head of the Canadian International Centre for the Arctic
  • • Michael Däumer German representative to the Arctic Council
  • Q&A

Coffee Break


Session 3: The new European Union policy for the Arctic – a new era of Arctic Integration?

Senior Arctic Officials and Stakeholders will be able to share their perspectives on the new European Integrated Arctic Policy directions.

  • Moderator: Timo Koivurova Director of Arctic Centre
  • • Terkel Petersen Senior Advisor, European External Action Service, EU (Introducing the EU Integrated Arctic Policy)
  • • Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP), Rapporteur on the Integrated EU policy for the Arctic
  • • Urmas Paet MEP (ALDE) Rapporteur on the Integrated EU policy for the Arctic
  • • Eirik Sivertsen Head of the Norwegian Parliament’s Delegation for Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation and member of the Norwegian Parliament
  • • Mika Riipi Governor, County of Lapland, Finland
  • Q&A

Lunch Break


Session 4A: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Remote Infrastructure (parallel session)

Arctic operatives will discuss the challenges they face in managing remote infrastructure in the Arctic, and the move towards greater sustainability.

  • Moderated by Dr. Greg Poelzer University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Faroes Islands
  • • Aleksandr Tsybulskiy Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation
  • • Senator Dennis Patterson Parliament of Canada
  • • Gwen Holdmann Alaska Center for Energy and Power
  • • Margareta Johansson University of Lund, Sweden –The INTERACT project – the EU flagship project on Arctic research infrastructure
  • Q&A


Session 4B: Cool & Connected – Arctic Links (parallel session)

A key part of the strategy for the future of the Arctic involves inter-linkages - opening up the Arctic with road and rail links, satellite links bringing universal broad-band access, as well as other infrastructure and power projects.

  • Moderated by Damien Degeorges Director, Degeorges Consulting
  • • Mr. Reidar Norheim KSAT, Norway
  • • Ms. Tina Pidgeon Executive Vice President, GCI Telecommunications
  • • Lorents Burman Chair Municipality of Skellefteå, Västerbotten region, and chair Northbotnia Line (Botnian Corridor), Sweden
  • • Halldor Johannsson Arctic Portal, Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks, Iceland
  • Q&A


Session 5: Northern Communities’ Perspective on Sustainability

The Arctic is a multi-faceted place, and the drive towards sustainability takes different forms in different parts of the Arctic. How different communities approach the challenge is a compelling story.

  • Moderated by Peter Sköld Professor Sami Society and Culture, headmaster at Arctic Research Center at Umeå University, ARCUM
  • • Minister Pierre Arcand Government of Quebec, Canada
  • • Kristin Røymo Mayor, City of Tromsø, Norway
  • • Pekka Shemeikka Senior Adviser, Arctic Cooperation, Government of Finland
  • • Okalik Eegeesiak International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada
  • • Svein Vigeland Rottem Director, Polar Programme, Fridtjof Nansens Institute
  • • Peter Niemi Director Municipality of Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Coffee Break


Session 6: Investments and Business Opportunities in the Arctic region

How will the policy outlined in the EU Arctic policy paper be implemented? How can financial instruments provide the impetus for driving growth and prosperity?

  • Moderated by Henry Burgess NERC
  • • European Investment Bank
  • Jose Enrique Garcilazo OECD
  • • Lise-Lotte Terp CEO, Arctic Consensus, Denmark
  • • Anna Karlsdóttir Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio, Sweden
  • • Mr. Scott Minerd President, Guggenheim Partners, U.S.
  • Q&A


Closing Key Note

What are the perspectives for jobs, growth and businesses in the light of the new European policy.

  • • Jyrki Katainen Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Summing up -Nils Andreassen Executive Director of Institute of the North
  • Followed by Cocktail reception