Day 1 - Wednesday, March 22, 2023

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:40
Welcoming Keynote from Northern Leaders
9:00
Essential Update: The Future of Energy Development in Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut
10:00
Ensuring Energy Security: Latest Developments on Local and Export Scale Natural Gas Projects in the North
10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
10:45

INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS

Status Report on Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects: How Energy, Transportation and Communication Pathways are Being Enhanced
11:45

CASE STUDY

Key Infrastructure Development to Support Industry
12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Keynote Address: Achieving the Arctic’s Energy Potential
2:00

PART ONE - CRITICAL MINERALS

Growth Opportunities for Critical Minerals in the Technology Economy – Incentives, Strategies and Mineral Prospects for Northern Exploration and Development
2:45

PART TWO – CRITICAL MINERALS

Project Highlights: How Mining Projects Will Provide Economic and Partnering Opportunities
3:45
Networking Refreshment Break
4:00

INTERACTIVE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

How to Create Win-Win Indigenous Partnerships for Responsible Project Development
5:30
Day One Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, March 23, 2023

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:35
Keynote Address
9:00

PART ONE: ARCTIC SOVEREIGNTY

How Global Developments Will Affect Shipping in the Arctic Northwest Passage
9:45

PANEL- ARCTIC SOVEREIGNTY:

How to Ensure Energy Security and Arctic Sovereignty amid Global Economic Sanctions
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS – The Future of Sustainable Energy Development with Canada’s Circumpolar Partners
12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Alternative Energy Solutions for Diesel Reduction in Remote Communities
2:30

PANEL

Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Projects: How to Transition to a Net Zero Economy and The Evolving Role of Technology
3:30
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Conference Ends

Day 1 - Wednesday, March 22, 2023

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:40
Welcoming Keynote from Northern Leaders
9:00
Essential Update: The Future of Energy Development in Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut

  • Overview of current projects and snapshot of major upcoming projects
  • Progress and plans for the Mackenzie Delta LNG project
  • Updates from the Yukon on oil and gas regulations
  • Updates from Nunavut on sustainable energy development, mine life extension

10:00
Ensuring Energy Security: Latest Developments on Local and Export Scale Natural Gas Projects in the North

The latest on the development of the Inuvialuit Energy Security Project (IESP)

10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
10:45

INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS

Status Report on Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects: How Energy, Transportation and Communication Pathways are Being Enhanced

  • Updates on the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link (KHFL) for clean energy and fibre-optic broadband to Nunavut
  • Status of the Grays Bay Arctic Coast Road from the NWT border and deep seaport project at Grays Bay to open up mining opportunities
  • Updates on Mackenzie Valley Highway, Slave Geological Province Corridor and Talston Hydro Expansion Project
  • Findings from the recent report on the Northern Corridor Concept for transportation infrastructure for socio-economic development

11:45

CASE STUDY

Key Infrastructure Development to Support Industry

This session will look at key infrastructure developments supporting industry in the Tahltan region in northern BC near the Yukon border. 

Highlights include:

  • Electrification in the area of the Bruce Jack mine with the lowest GHG emissions per ounce produced in Canada and Australia
  • Development of the Dease lake airport supporting the Red Chris mine operations / expansion
  • Development of fibre optics for high-speed internet connectivity in the mines and communities

12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Keynote Address: Achieving the Arctic’s Energy Potential
2:00

PART ONE - CRITICAL MINERALS

Growth Opportunities for Critical Minerals in the Technology Economy – Incentives, Strategies and Mineral Prospects for Northern Exploration and Development

  • Assessing investment, opportunities and growth after the setbacks of COVID-19
  • Updates on the new GWWT Mineral Resources Act and plans to attract investment in critical minerals – rare earths, cobalt, lithium etc.
  • Funding for the Mining Incentive Program and partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Impact on the economy of diamond mine closures, plans for end-of-life and what’s next

2:45

PART TWO – CRITICAL MINERALS

Project Highlights: How Mining Projects Will Provide Economic and Partnering Opportunities

  • Updates on the four critical minerals mine in the NWT
  • Examining the importance of critical minerals to the economy and next steps in mine project development, construction and partnerships

3:45
Networking Refreshment Break
4:00

INTERACTIVE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

How to Create Win-Win Indigenous Partnerships for Responsible Project Development

This moderated break-out format will enable participants to take part in facilitated discussions, ask questions, and share knowledge with peers. 

4:00-4:30   NETWORKING ROUND TABLE ROTATION #1

  • Indigenous investment, participation and governance over northern resource development

4:30-5:00   NETWORKING ROUND TABLE ROTATION #2

  • Discussing models for success and how Indigenous communities can benefit from resource activities

5:00-5:30  NETWORKING ROUND TABLE ROTATION #3

  • How to overcome community engagement challenges and gain more participation from Northerners 

5:30
Day One Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, March 23, 2023

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:35
Keynote Address
9:00

PART ONE: ARCTIC SOVEREIGNTY

How Global Developments Will Affect Shipping in the Arctic Northwest Passage

  • Assessing Russian and North American development of offshore oil and gas platforms
  • What is the Canadian government doing to monitor commercial-ship activity in the Northwest Passage?
  • What are the next steps and timelines for a policy framework on Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic?  

9:45

PANEL- ARCTIC SOVEREIGNTY:

How to Ensure Energy Security and Arctic Sovereignty amid Global Economic Sanctions

Assessing the current global situation and implications for Arctic energy, security, and sovereignty. This panel will discuss oil and gas pricing dynamics, and whether a current global natural gas shortage will spur Northern opportunity in overseas markets.

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS – The Future of Sustainable Energy Development with Canada’s Circumpolar Partners

Hear from other Arctic-interested countries and assess where Canada stands on the international platform as a project partner. Updates on energy projects and the future of resource developments in Arctic regions.

Hear from other Arctic-interested countries and assess where Canada stands on the international platform as a project partner. Updates on energy projects and the future of resource developments in Arctic regions.

  • 11:00     Alaska  
  • 11:30     Norway/Finland/Greenland
  • 12:00     Russia

12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Alternative Energy Solutions for Diesel Reduction in Remote Communities

  • How can utilities and project developers build sustainable energy infrastructure to get communities from using diesel
  • Discussion of alternate fuels and small-scale power generation as part of a climate change solution and diesel reduction
  • Clean energy financing and investment strategies to support large-scale diesel reduction

2:30

PANEL

Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Projects: How to Transition to a Net Zero Economy and The Evolving Role of Technology

  • How are climate policies impacting the viability of arctic oil and gas?
  • How are energy companies addressing the issue of net-zero emissions to further their climate targets
  • Assessing the role of technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of projects

3:30
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Conference Ends