February 2015

Inuit Perspectives on Canada’s Arctic Future

11:30am-1:30pm | National Arts Centre - 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Did you know that Canada is taller than it is wide? As much as 40% of Canada’s landmass and 50% of the Canadian coastline is in the Arctic.
With increased global attention “North of 60”, how much of Canada’s future depends on our attention to this immense region and the people who call it home?

In partnership with the national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (translated: Inuit are United in Canada), the Economic Club of Canada presents All-Inuk armchair discussion aimed to explore regional perspectives on the vast opportunities and complex challenges for economic development in the Arctic, including highlighting areas of success and ongoing work. In addition to this remarkable panel, introductions will be delivered by First Air's Vice President, Bert van der Stege.

Ticket holders for the luncheon will be eligible for a 10% discount for ITK’s annual premiere, networking event, A Taste of the Arctic, on March 10th at the NAC, and the luncheon will also feature a sealskin fashion show and silent auction/purchasing opportunity.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Inuit Perspectives on Canada’s Arctic Future

Bert van der Stege

Vice President Commercial
First Air

Bert van der Stege

Bert was appointed a Vice President at First Air in November 2013. He is responsible for all commercial activities on a day-to-day basis as well as the strategy development and restructuring of the airline. He has a strong track record built up with 16 years in the industry with extensive airline turnaround experience and airline commercial management responsibility in various parts of the world.

His career started as management trainee at Lufthansa in Germany, Greece and Egypt following his university studies in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and the UK. Bert joined Lufthansa Consulting in 2001 where he worked with various airlines in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Being a key member in the start-up project for Etihad Airways, he also led restructuring projects with Garuda, Philippine Airlines, Tarom, Air Madagascar and delivered change management projects for EgyptAir, Kuwait Airways, Cyprus Airways and Aegean. In 2004 Bert joined Lufthansa’s passenger airline division as Manager Strategy & Alliances, where he led projects on strategy development, acquisitions and integrations as well as new revenue sharing joint-ventures dubbed 'alliances within the alliance'. In this role, he also had day-to-day responsibility for codeshares, joint-ventures and the expansion of Star Alliance. Three years later, Bert was appointed Head of Sales & Marketing at Lufthansa’s Miles & More frequent flyer program, developing the program into a stand-alone profit center, before moving to Arik Air to manage the commercial team as their Vice President in charge of the commercial turnaround. Before coming to Canada, Bert was Commercial Director at RwandAir where he oversaw the rapid expansion of the airline, managing all commercial and ground services and developing the airline into a small efficient hub-and-spoke carrier with new Boeing and Bombardier aircraft. Bert is married and lives in Ottawa with his wife and son.

Clint Davis

Vice President, Aboriginal Banking
TD Business Banking

Clint Davis

Clint Davis is the Vice President of Aboriginal Banking for TD Business Banking. He's responsible for growing the Aboriginal business portfolio for TD by identifying ways to meet the financial needs of Aboriginal communities and businesses. Prior to this role, he was the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), a national Aboriginal nonprofit organization that offers programs that assist in the participation by Aboriginal people, businesses and communities in the economy.

Clint is an Inuk from Nunatsiavut, Labrador which represents the last Inuit land claim to be settled in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is a Canada/US Fulbright scholar and a recipient of two scholarships from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, which is now Indspire.

Clint is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC), which is the business arm of the Nunatsiavut Government. He is Campaign Co-Chair for the Health and Wellness Centre of Goose Bay, Labrador. Clint is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada's preeminent public affairs podium.

He is a former blogger for the Financial Post and he enjoys mentoring young Aboriginal professionals as they embark on their career journeys.

Clint lives in Toronto with his wife Hillary and their three children.

Terry Audla

President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)
National Inuit Leader

Terry Audla

Terry Audla is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national organization representing close to 60,000 Inuit across Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) and the Inuvialuit settlement region of the Northwest Territories.

He was born in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), and raised in Resolute Bay, the son of High Arctic Exiles relocated from Inukjuak, Quebec, in the early 1950s. Mr. Audla has dedicated his career to the implementation of Inuit land claims agreements and the growth of economic opportunities for Inuit, first with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), the organization representing 13 communities on Baffin Island an in Nunavut’s High Arctic, and later with the territorial land claims body Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI).

In 2011, he was named executive director of NTI, the organization formed to administer the terms of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and ensure that all parties to the agreement fulfill their obligations. There, he finalized a resource revenue policy and deposited the first royalty payment, $2.2 million, into that policy’s Trust.

As lands manager, and later, executive director of QIA over a period of 10 years, he oversaw the management of Inuit-owned lands and helped develop a common Inuktitut terminology for lands management. He also launched a court injunction to stop seismic testing in Lancaster Sound, the eastern segment of the Northwest Passage.

In 1998, Mr. Audla was seconded to the Government of the Northwest Territories Office of the Interim Commissioner, where he aided in the transition to the newly created Government of Nunavut and managed the implementation of territorial obligations under the NLCA. He also participated in an independent five year review of the NLCA, and negotiated the Nunavummi Nanngminigaqtunit Ikajuuti (NNI) Policy, which helps Inuit firms obtain government contracts in the territory.

Mr. Audla has also worked as a police officer in the Nunavik communities of Kuujjuaraapik and Akulivik. He is a graduate of the Environmental Technology Program at Nunavut Arctic College and has studied at the Banff School of Advanced Management.

He was elected to a three-year term as President of ITK in June 2012.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of the Environment; Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency; Minister for the Arctic Council

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Leona Aglukkaq was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.

In July 2013, Ms. Aglukkaq was appointed Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council. Previously, she was appointed Minister of Health in October 2008. She was appointed to the additional positions of Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in May 2011 and Minister for the Arctic Council in August 2012.

Prior to entering federal politics, Ms. Aglukkaq represented the district of Nattilik in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly beginning in 2004. She served as the territorial Minister of Finance and House Leader. She also held the post of Minister of Health and Social Services.

Ms. Aglukkaq has served in numerous roles in the governments of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut including that of Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Deputy Minister for Culture, Language, Elders and Youth. She has served on the Arctic College Board of Governors, the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Northwest Territories Science Institute.

Ms. Aglukkaq resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Ottawa, ON, with her husband, Robert, and their son.

The Honourable Peter Taptuna

Premier of Nunavut, Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affair, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister responsible for the Utility Rates Review Council

The Honourable Peter Taptuna

Born in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Peter Taptuna’s career in public service began in 1999 where he served as Hamlet Council and Deputy Mayor in Kugluktuk. He was also Chair of the Kitikmeot Corporation and served as a director of Nunavut Development Corporation.

In 2008, Peter was elected to the territories the 3rd Legislative Assembly and represents the constituency of Kugluktuk. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, and held other portfolios, such as Nunavut Business Credit Corporation, Nunavut Development Corporation and Nunavut Housing Corporation.

On November 15, 2013, Peter was Re-elected to Nunavut’s 4th Legislative Assembly, and currently serves as Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Utility Rates Review Council.

For over 13 years, prior to entering politics, Peter worked in the oil and gas industry, primarily offshore in the Beaufort Sea, where he was part of the first and only Inuit drilling crew. His career also spans the western Arctic working for Lupin Gold Mine, southeast of Kugluktuk. He is a heavy duty mechanic by trade and earned a journeyman and Red Seal certification.

He holds a Diploma in Management Studies, from Nunavut Arctic College, with a focus on managerial accounting, corporate and contract law, business administration, and human resources management.

Peter and his wife Joanne have been married for over thirty years. Together they raised five children, Jason, Cheryl, Genevieve, Ian and Desiree. They have nine grandchildren.

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