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February CMOS Ottawa Lunch Meeting: risks, opportunities, and management needs for increased shipping traffic in Arctic Canada

February 25, 2019 @ 12:00 - 14:00

Ship in the Arctic

ABSTRACT: Increased navigability of Arctic waters, as a result of climate change has boosted commercial interest in northern shipping routes including the Northwest Passage (NWP). Vessel traffic in Arctic Canada more than tripled over the past decade and further increases are expected. Considering improved technology, infrastructure investments, and economic and political will of Arctic and non-Arctic nations alike, the NWP is very likely to become a regular trade route within the next few decades. This situation will have significant risks and opportunities for Canada and for coastal Inuit communities. In this presentation, Dr. Dawson will provide an overview of the implications of climate change for Arctic shipping traffic in Arctic Canada, outline current shipping trends, and discuss possible management options to ensure opportunities are taken advantage of and risks are mitigated as increased maritime interest continues in Arctic Canada.

Jackie DawsonSPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Jackie Dawson is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society, and Policy and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa. She is an Applied Scientist working on the human and policy dimensions of environmental change in ocean and coastal regions and is considered an expert in Arctic shipping, Arctic tourism, and Arctic oceans governance. She has served on two Canadian Council of Academies’ Expert Panels, is an elected member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. She led the drafting of the 2018 G7 science statement focused on Arctic oceans and resilient communities and is currently the Co-Scientific Director of the NCE ArcticNet.

PLACE:  Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.  Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)

MENU:  tba

COST:  $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10

TIME:  12:00 noon, Monday 25 February 2019

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity, or at Ottawa City Hall

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance no later than Wednesday 20 February by using this Doodle link.

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to register if you have problems with Doodle:

Dawn Conway 613-724-2954; email:  DMConway1@gmail.com
Ann McMillan 613-831-5851; email:  mcmillan@storm.ca 
Paul Pestieau 613-990-6855; email:  Paul.Pestieau@canada.ca 
Bob Jones 613-820-6336; email:  jonesb@ncf.ca 
Daria Bradbury 613-949-9119; email:  Daria.Bradbury@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 
Hoy Chow 819-938-4429; email:   hoy.chow@canada.ca 
Tom Zagon: 613-992-8431; email:  tom.zagon@canada.ca

CANCELLATION:  If you need to cancel, please change your Doodle information as soon as possible or let a contact person know so we can cancel your food order.


February 25, 2019
12:00 - 14:00
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Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Ottawa, On Canada
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