Day 1 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:45

Welcoming Keynote

The Future of Resource Development in the Yukon
9:15

FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

How Net Zero Environmental Policies Will Affect Energy Projects: Ensuring the Viability of Arctic Oil and Gas Development
10:00
Exploring Natural Gas Opportunities and Developments in Canada’s North
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00

FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Critical Infrastructure Update: How Government Investments Are Supporting Infrastructure Development in Roads, Ports, Rail and Telecommunications
11:45
Planning the Infrastructure of the Future – How Climate Change Is Impacting Construction
12:15
Bolstering Economic and Resource Development – Highlighting the North Klondike Highway Project
12:45
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
2:00
NWT Mineral Resources Administration: Building the Foundation for Investment and Growth
3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

SHOWCASE ON SMALLER-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS – Moving Away from Diesel Dependency

Part 1: Renewable and Alternate Energy Solutions for the North
3:45
Part 2: Solar
4:15
Part 3: Exploring the Viability of Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s)
5:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks; Day 1 Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, March 31, 2022

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:45
Keynote Address
9:05

FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL AND PAN-ARCTIC

Exploring Opportunities and Security Challenges in a Canadian Northern Corridor – International Policies, Agreements & Best Practices in Pan-Arctic Governance
9:45
The Current Global Situation and Implications for the Arctic – Energy, Security and Sovereignty
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: US Arctic
11:30
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: Russia
12:00
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: Norway
12:30
Keynote Address
1:00
Networking Lunch
2:00

FOCUS ON A REMEDIATION ECONOMY

Advancing A Remediation Economy in the Northwest Territories – 2030 Vision
2:30

Case Studies

Advancing a Remediation Economy in Northern Communities – How to Balance Environmental Responsibility with Economic Development
3:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Conference Ends

Day 1 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

Allan Chatenay
President
Explor

8:45

Welcoming Keynote

The Future of Resource Development in the Yukon

Hon. John Streicker
Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources
Government of Yukon

9:15

FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

How Net Zero Environmental Policies Will Affect Energy Projects: Ensuring the Viability of Arctic Oil and Gas Development

Dr. Jennifer Winter
Scientific Director, Energy and Environmental Policy
School of Public Policy research division, University of Calgary

  • 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
  • The role of technologies including carbon capture, storage & utilization, hydrogen, ammonia production to reduce the carbon footprint of projects
  • Examining the increased focus on ESG for banks and lending institutions to finance energy projects especially in the sensitive Arctic

10:00
Exploring Natural Gas Opportunities and Developments in Canada’s North

Mike Harlow
Manager Petroleum Resources
Industry, Tourism and Investment, Government of Northwest Territories

Updates on the feasibility and activity of local, regional and export scale natural gas projects in the North

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00

FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Critical Infrastructure Update: How Government Investments Are Supporting Infrastructure Development in Roads, Ports, Rail and Telecommunications

G. Kent Fellows
Associate Program Director: Canadian Northern Corridor
University of Calgary

Seth Bohnet
Director, Strategic Infrastructure
Department of Infrastructure, Government of the Northwest Territories

  • Advancements on the 227 km Grays Bay Arctic Coast Road from the NWT border and Deep Sea Port Project at Grays Bay
  • Expected pre-construction plans and costs, environmental review, labour and staffing needs, and investment required
  • Updates on federal and territorial funding for the Slave Geological Province Corridor project, and plans for the 413 km all-season road to be built northeast of Yellowknife to the western Nunavut border linking with Gray’s Bay Road
  • Completion of the Tlicho All-Season Road, and advancements on the Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells, and the Taltson Hydroelectric Expansion Project for a transportation, hydro and communications link to the SGPC
  • Update on the Northern Corridor Concept to increase northern trade and transportation pathway and develop large-scale infrastructure

11:45
Planning the Infrastructure of the Future – How Climate Change Is Impacting Construction

Priyank Thatté
Executive Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Branch
Highways and Public Works, Yukon Government

Paul Murchison
Executive Director, Major Transportation
Highways and Public Works, Yukon Government

Planning to invest in transportation and building infrastructure construction considering a future climate presents many challenges. This is especially true in the western arctic and subarctic where climate change is occurring more quickly than anywhere else in Canada.  Yukon is taking steps to improve our understanding of the physical and financial impacts of climate change on northern infrastructure in an effort to improve our ability to adapt engineering practices.

The presentation will provide an overview of what Yukon is doing to understand the financial impacts of climate change on the  transportation system and new building construction, what research has been undertaken and is currently underway to better understand how to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. 

  • How do you plan for infrastructure that is resilient to flooding, storms and damage as the result of climate change?
  • Designing for future requirements, ensuring resilience, adaptability and managing risk
  • Exploring the challenges of constructing in the north, maintenance of the roadway, adapting to the changing/melting permafrost

12:15
Bolstering Economic and Resource Development – Highlighting the North Klondike Highway Project

Brian Crist
Director, Highways and Public Works
Transportation Engineering Branch, Yukon Government

  • Discussion on the NTCF fund and summary of both applications
  • Outlining plans and timelines for upgrading a 200km sections of the North Klondike highway that will improve safety, support economic opportunities and trade
  • Recent funding announcements for reconstruction and technology to gather data on permafrost and weather to gauge maintenance needs and remediation costs
  • How is the road being upgraded to be more resilient to climate change and thawing permafrost?
  • Employment opportunities for construction, maintenance

12:45
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
2:00
NWT Mineral Resources Administration: Building the Foundation for Investment and Growth

Menzie McEachern
Assistant Deputy Minister - Mineral & Petroleum Resources
Industry, Tourism and Investment, Government of Northwest Territories

  • NWT Mineral Resources Act
  • Mineral Incentive and Capacity Building Programs
  • NWT Critical Minerals
  • The NWT Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advantage

3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

SHOWCASE ON SMALLER-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS – Moving Away from Diesel Dependency

Part 1: Renewable and Alternate Energy Solutions for the North

Katie Kachur
Vice-President, Government Relations, West
Canadian Propane Association

Propane as part of a climate change solution that is produced in Canada and is available now: Exploring propane as a low carbon fuel source that can replace diesel

3:45
Part 2: Solar

Jay Massie
Vice President, Northern Development & Indigenous Relations
ATCO Electric

  • Highlights from the operational Old Crow solar project in the Yukon and ATCO joint venture to get the community from using diesel in the summer
  • Exploring further renewable energy projects on the horizon

4:15
Part 3: Exploring the Viability of Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s)

Jeff C. Griffin
Vice-President, Science & Technology
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

  • Exploring nuclear Small Modular Reactors and viability for the North 
  • How will proposed energy projects affect economy, workforce, etc.

5:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks; Day 1 Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, March 31, 2022

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments Available
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:45
Keynote Address

Hon. Dan Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Government of Canada

9:05

FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL AND PAN-ARCTIC

Exploring Opportunities and Security Challenges in a Canadian Northern Corridor – International Policies, Agreements & Best Practices in Pan-Arctic Governance

Dr. Katharina Koch
Postdoctoral Associate, Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program
The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

  • What is the current status of Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic? Who owns the Northwest Passage?
  • Beyond Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework: Reflections and Implications
  • How might infrastructure development (such as energy; military) contribute to Canada’s sovereignty and security in the North?
  • How are environmental challenges affecting Canada’s strategic position in the Arctic?
  • What current and projected security challenges are relevant for the envisioned Canadian Northern Corridor?
  • What are the roles of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s northern and Arctic security policies?

9:45
The Current Global Situation and Implications for the Arctic – Energy, Security and Sovereignty

Rob Huebert
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Calgary - Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies

Kimberley Van Vliet
CEO & Founder
WaVv and ConvergX®

Ron Wallace
Fellow
Canadian Global Affairs Institute/Member of National Energy Board

Moderator:

Kelly J. Ogle
CEO
Canadian Global Affairs Institute

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: US Arctic

Larry Persily
former Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
Journalist/Instructor

University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Project updates from the Alaskan North Slope: BP’s departure, Exxon’s decision to scale back, and Conoco’s plans to move ahead on oil (pending permits and litigation)
  • Questions over the search for investment partners for a $4 billion oil project and viability of further natural gas development given economic and environmental climate

11:30
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: Russia

Ben Seligman
Project Specialist
Arctic/Frontier Oil & Gas

  • Recent developments in Russian Arctic gas

12:00
Assessing the Future for Oil and Gas Developments: Norway

Jakob Alveberg
Counselor, Petroleum and Energy
Royal Norwegian Embassy (Washington D.C)

  • Plans for the Norwegian offshore Arctic projects (Barents Sea) and other oil and gas projects
  • Updates on Norway’s oil and gas sector

12:30
Keynote Address

Hon. Caroline Wawzonek
Minister, Industry, Tourism, and Investment
Government of Northwest Territories

1:00
Networking Lunch
2:00

FOCUS ON A REMEDIATION ECONOMY

Advancing A Remediation Economy in the Northwest Territories – 2030 Vision

Matthew Spence
Regional Director General, Northwest Territories Region
Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)

  • Opportunities in the region for the next 10-20 years
  • Infrastructure development opportunities
  • Capacity Building
  • Governance and partnership to advance reconciliation through a remediation economy
  • Opportunities for our Government Partners

2:30

Case Studies

Advancing a Remediation Economy in Northern Communities – How to Balance Environmental Responsibility with Economic Development

Rasel Hossain
Director, Contaminants and Remediation Division, Northwest Territories Region
Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada

This presentation will provide examples of how the Government of Canada is working with its government partners to address: Obtaining social license, economic development, protecting the environment and climate change

    • Utilizing traditional knowledge, science and engineering to advance reclamation activities
    • Building capacity to include Indigenous opportunities and considerations in the procurement process
    • Strategies to meet stringent regulatory challenges, and increased stakeholder expectations
    • Advancing remedial economy in the region
    • Identifying challenges with cold-climate design to meet stringent regulatory requirements

 

3:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Conference Ends