Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Russell Senate Office Building Room 485
2 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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Steve Myers
Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

2020 North American Arctic Leaders Forum

Join us for the PNWER North American Arctic Leaders Forum focused on promoting economic development in the Arctic on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Washington D.C. The meeting will be held at the Russell Senate Office Building in Room 485. Registration and Networking begins at 12:30 p.m.  Please visit www.pnwer.org to learn more about the Forum.

PNWER North American Arctic Leadership
March 12, 2020
 U.S. Capitol
Russell Senate Office Building
Room: 485
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.



Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Introduction with remarks and welcome

  • Matt Morrison, PNWER CEO & Executive Director


Alaska State Perspective on Current Arctic Policy  

  • Kip Knudson, State/Federal Director, Office of Governor of Alaska
  • Alaska State Legislative Perspective TBC

 Towards a stronger North American Arctic Partnership – Hear from panelist representing the three North American Arctic Countries on how each country is working to establish a strategy for the Arctic. As countries work within their individual borders, what could a North American Strategy look like?

Moderator Christopher Sands, Director, Wilson Center Canada Institute

  • Martin Loken, Minister (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada
  • Daniel Kachur, Energy, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer, Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau, Office of Canadian Affairs, U.S. Department of State 
  • Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland Representative, Government of Greenland


The Honorable Lisa Murkowski: U.S. Congressional Federal Policy update on the North American Arctic Issues 

Project and Programs underway in the region – What is being done to encourage sustainable communities and economic growth?

  • Dr. Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • Mead Treadwell, Vice Chair, Alaska for Alaska to Alberta Railway (A2A rail)


Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior (TBC): Arctic is of strategic importance and the value of leading with people


Arctic Infrastructure, Economic and Community Development Panel – Speakers will highlight the US and Canada Critical Minerals Action Plan, the Implementation of the US Coast Guard Arctic Strategy and Arctic Research

  • Kyle Wells, Canada Desk Officer, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Zachary Schulman, Arctic Policy Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Dr. John Farrell, Executive Director, US Arctic Research Commission


Roundtable discussion with all attendees



 *The main entrance to the Russell Senate Office Building is located at the Corner of First Street NE and Constitution Ave NE on the southeast side of the building. 2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002