The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) will take place September 2nd and 3rd in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The AEC will be an independent body, working to foster sustainable development...
The founding meeting of the AEC will take place Sept. 2-3 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The AEC will be an independent body, working to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the Arctic.
At the last Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden in May 2013, Ministers signed the Kiruna Declaration, which “[recognized] that Arctic economic endeavours are integral to sustainable development for peoples and communities in the region”. They also agreed to establish a Task Force to Facilitate the Creation of a Circumpolar Business Forum.
Consistent with the Task Force’s mandate, the Arctic states and Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council have worked together to facilitate the creation of this forum – called the Arctic Economic Council (AEC). The AEC’s founding meeting will take place September 2nd and 3rd in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Each Arctic state and Permanent Participant organization has named up to three business representatives to attend this initial meeting.
The overall aim of the AEC is to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the Arctic region.
As an independent body, the AEC will decide on its membership, roles and responsibilities, governance, structure, and activities, while ensuring strong participation from indigenous businesses. It may inform the work of the Arctic Council through the views of business.
The creation of the AEC is a priority initiative during Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015), which is focused on development for the people of the North. Minister Aglukkaq, the Chair of the Arctic Council, is arranging the founding meeting.
Further to the “Facilitating the Creation of the Arctic Economic Council” document agreed at the Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Yellowknife, as of August 26, 2014 the following representatives have been named by the Arctic states and Permanent Participants to attend the AEC’s founding meeting:
President and CEO, Baffinland Iron Mines, Ltd.
Vice President Community Relations and Development, ATCO Group
President, Peter’s Expediting Limited
Managing Director, Agnicio Eagle Finland Ltd.
Owner and Marketing Director, Lapland Safaris
CEO and President, Arctia Shipping Ltd.
Bjarni Már Gylfason
Economist at Federation of Icelandic Industries
Manager at ÍAV and Chairman of the Icelandic-Arctic Chamber of Commerce
Kingdom of Denmark
Peter Bay Kirkegaard
Senior Advisor, Confederation of Danish Industry
Jan Fritz Hansen
Deputy Director General, Danish Shipowners’ Association
Charlotte Deemer Strøm
Head of Section, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association
Kristin Krohn Devold
Director General, Norwegian Hospitality Association
Director, Environment and Industry Policy, Norwegian Oil and Gas
Vice-President, Russian Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Senior Executive Vice-President, Joint Stock company SOVCOMFLOT
Vice-President, Rosneft Oil Company
Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada Ltd.
Director, Communications, LKAB
General Manager, Fairweather, LLC
Vice President Business Development, Crowley Marine Services Inc.
President and CEO, Bering Straits Native Corporation
Arctic Athabaskan Council
Founding Member of AAC
Aleut International Association
Director, Business and Resource Development, Aleut Corporation
President, AIA Board of Directors
Inuit Circumpolar Council
Executive Vice President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Gwich’in Council International
Vice President of RAIPON for the development of entrepreneurship among the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and far-East of the Russian Federation
Entrepreneur, Leading expert in the field of historical-cultural research at the LLC “YuganskNIPI”
Official RAIPON representative and language advisor
Managing Director, Njalla AB
Executive Director, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry