Science, People & Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic:
From the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition 
to the 2013 Arctic Council Chairmanship


Tuesday November 5, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM GMT-06:00, with reception and movie screening to follow
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Center for Innovation, University of North Dakota 
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202

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Marnie Kesler 
Consulate General of Canada 


Join the Consulate General of Canada and the University of North Dakota for a public symposium to learn more about Canada's Northern Strategy and to investigate the connections between science, people, and sustainability in the Canadian Arctic. This event will trace the legacy of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, launched in 1913, and its leader Vilhjalmur Stefansson, in his day one of the most colorful and notorious students at UND. Speakers will draw on Stefansson’s work and influences to examine new linkages between the United States and the Canadian Arctic.  


  • Renowned polar explorer Will Steger  
  • David Gray, the leading expert on the Canadian Arctic Expedition
  • Jamshed Merchant, Consul General of Canada to the Upper Midwest
  • UND Communications Professor Timothy Pasch 
  • UND Geography Professor Douglas Munski
  • Mike Jacobs, Publisher, Grand Forks Herald


  • EXHIBIT and Registration 12:00-1:00
  • SYMPOSIUM 1:00 - 4:00
  • RECEPTION 4:00 - 5:00
  • MOVIE SCREENING 5:00 - 6:15

If you can’t make it to Grand Forks, participate online! Follow @CanCGMPLS on Twitter or join the conversation using the hashtag #CAE100. You can also view the event proceedings live and ask questions online.  

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

In 2013, Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum for Arctic Governments and people. 2013 also marks the centennial of the launch of the Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE), a significant point in Canada’s Arctic territorial history. The CAE laid the foundation for a century of scientific endeavor; led to the discovery of previously unknown islands and the collection of thousands of photographs, specimens and artifacts; and established important and long-lasting relationships with Northern communities. 

One of the CAE’s leaders was the legendary explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a dual Canadian/US citizen who was born in Manitoba and raised in North Dakota. Early in his life, Stefansson studied at the University of North Dakota and was later awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree from UND. In conjunction with the event, UND will host an exhibition of archives and artifacts related to Stefansson and the CAE, & the Consulate General of Canada will present a screening of the film Arctic Dreamer: The Lonely Quest of Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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