June 2016

Infrastructure in Canada's North: A Fresh Perspective

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau St. , Ottawa

Northern Canadian communities have often lacked the infrastructure and investment that is needed to thrive, and as a result, Northern Canadians face the highest cost of living in the country.  Economic prosperity, food security, and affordable living conditions should be things that all Canadians enjoy, regardless of which part of our country they call home.

In this Economic Club exclusive, we will explore the huge potential for growth in the north and identify practical solutions to some of the most difficult challenges northern communities face. As Prime Minister Trudeau has said, Northern communities can thrive, but they need a partner that will invest in people and infrastructure.   

Featured Panelists:
The Honourable Bob McLeod, Premier, Northwest Territories 
The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Deputy Premier, Nunavut 
​Dr. Brock Friesen, President & CEO, First Air 
Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Sara Wiebe, Director General, Flight Policy, Transport Canada

Discussion moderator: Naomi Nind, Partner, Parlee McLaws LLP

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Infrastructure in Canada's North:  A Fresh Perspective

Dr. Brock Friesen

President & CEO
First Air

Dr. Brock Friesen

Dr. Friesen was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of First Air in March 2013. In the two years prior to his appointment he led a successful new regional airline (Starbow) based in Accra, Ghana.

Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta and Vice President of Finance & Strategy with Star Alliance in Frankfurt. From 1986 to 2000 he held various executive planning and commercial positions with Canadian Airlines in Vancouver.

His academic background includes a PhD from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. He invented the first single engine hovercraft.

Naomi Nind

Parlee McLaws LLP

Naomi Nind

Naomi practices in aviation law, administrative law and commercial litigation. She has appeared before all levels of Alberta courts and before various administrative tribunals. In particular, Naomi represents aviation companies in commercial transactions such as aircraft leasing, charters, purchases and sales as well as in regulatory and litigation matters.

Naomi also acts as counsel for the Real Estate Council of Alberta and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in professional disciplinary matters.

Natan Obed

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami 

Natan Obed

Natan Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. He is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well being of Inuit in Canada.

Sara Wiebe

Director General, Air Policy
Transport Canada

Sara Wiebe

In her 26 years with the Public Service of Canada, Sara Wiebe has had many challenging opportunities. For the first 10 years, she served with the Canadian Foreign Service as an immigration officer with three overseas assignments – in Argentina, Haiti, and Miami. Upon her return to Canada, she worked in the Office of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and in the Border Policy Directorate at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Between March 2000 and August 2006, Sara was with the Privy Council Office (PCO) where she served in three functions – as the immigration and transport analyst in the Regulatory Affairs Division, as the advisor responsible for issues related to travellers and law enforcement in the Borders Task Force, and as the Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. Sara then worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as the Officer in Charge, Strategic Partnerships, responsible for the Memorandum to Cabinet Unit and the Memorandum of Understanding Unit.

Between May 2007 and January 2011, Sara took on a series of responsibilities at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) including as the Director of US Relations and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Director General of People Programs, and the Director General of Pre-Border Programs. In January 2011, Sara returned to PCO to work at Intergovernmental Affairs as the Director General of Sectoral Analysis, dealing with the many horizontal policy and program issues of interest to the provinces and territories.

In June 2012, Sara joined Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), which was renamed Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), as the Corporate Secretary. In May 2015, Sara was pleased to take on the important role as the Director General, Air Policy, for Transport Canada.

Sara has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours History) and a Master of Arts (History) from the University of Waterloo.

The Hon. Monica Ell-Kanayuk

Deputy Premier

The Hon.  Monica Ell-Kanayuk

The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk was re-elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the new constituency of Iqaluit-Manirajak in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Ms. Ell was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 15, 2013, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Ms. Ell was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk previously sat in the 3rd Legislative Assembly, following a by-election for the riding of Iqaluit West held on September 12, 2011. Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk served as Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly, Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk served as Director of Programming for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and spent 18 years in media. Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk is a former Director of Economic Development at Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. She has also served as President of the Nunavut Economic Forum, President of the Baffin Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Atuqtuarvik Corporation and Vice-President of Pauktuutit, the national organization representing Inuit women.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk lives in Iqaluit with her spouse, Eeneasie Kanayuk. They have five children, as well as several grandchildren.

Mrs. Ell-Kanayuk has had a lifelong passion for clothing design and sewing. In 1996, her former business, Arctic Creations, received the “Business of the Year” award from the Nunavut Chamber of Commerce.

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