Borders in the North Conference Speakers

                     Dr. Ellen Bielawski, Professor of Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta/Yukon College

Born and raised in Alaska, Ellen received her PhD in Arctic Archaeology from the University of Calgary in 1981. She was the first Arctic Archaeologist for the Government of the Northwest Territories and has worked as a First Nations negotiator on Impact and Benefit Agreements and Treaty implementation. Ellen was Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta from 2003-2008.

Mitch Bloom, Vice President of Policy, Planning, Communications, and the Northern Project Management Office, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CANNOR)

Biography not available.

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Professor of Public Administration and Director of Borders in Globalization, University of Victoria

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is a political scientist, specializing in comparative and urban politics. At UVic’s School of Public Administration he is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy, Director of the European Studies minor and of the European Union Centre for Excellence. He is currently the Director of the Borders in Globalization project and editor of the Journal for Borderlands Studies.

Leslie Collins, Biologist and Training Coordinator, Institute for Watershed Science at Trent University

Leslie Collins holds a BSc (Hon., Biology) and MSc in Zoology from the University of Toronto.  Prior to joining the Institute for Watershed Science in 2000, she worked as laboratory Research Technologist in a number of medical research facilities in Toronto.  Leslie has worked on the review and identification of source water protection needs for Ontario and most recently has worked extensively on a 5 year project on Source Water Protection in Remote First Nations Communities in Canada’s North.

Dr. Irasema Coronado, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

Before being appointed Executive Director at the CEC, Irasema Coronado was a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso and an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Science and Engineering PhD program. Dr. Coronado holds a BA from the University of South Florida and an MA and PhD from the University of Arizona.

Hon. Currie Dixon, Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, Yukon Government

Currie Dixon was elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 2011. He was sworn into Cabinet on November 5, 2011 as the Minister of Environment and Minister of Economic Development - the youngest Cabinet Minister in Canada and among the youngest in Canadian history. He holds a BA and MA in Political Science. Currie was born and raised in Whitehorse and has lived in the North his whole life.

Col. Tom Dunne, Search and Rescue, Royal Canadian Air Force

Colonel Dunne joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987, graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Engineering and receiving his pilot wings in 1992. Col. Dunne has served in a variety of flying and leadership positions during five operational search and rescue tours. He also received an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College, London, and graduated from the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Norman Alexander Easton, Instructor in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Northern Studies, Yukon College

Norman has 37 years of professional experience in Ethnography and Archaeology, including 28 years on projects in Yukon and Alaska, most notably the Scottie Creek – Borderlands Culture History Project since 1992. He received his BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. As of May 2014, he has 60 academic publications and 45 technical reports.

Dr. Aileen Espiritu, Researcher, Barents Institute at the University of Tromsø (Norway)

Aileen A. Espíritu is a researcer at the Barents Institute at the University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, teaching Northern Studies, Soviet and Russian social history and politics, indigenous, and gender studies. She has published research on the impact of industrialization on Circumpolar Northern communities and the comparative study of border identities, border crossings, and life on the borderlands of Europe especially in an expanded EU.

Justin Ferbey, CEO, Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation

Biography to come.

Amanda Graham, Coordinator/Instructor, University of the Arctic at Yukon College

Amanda was the first graduate of the college's Northern Studies program. She joined Yukon College in 1992 as managing editor of The Northern Review, taught northern studies, and served as Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities in the old Arts and Science Division for two terms. In 2004, Graham resigned to coordinate UArctic programs at Yukon College and to teach northern and circumpolar studies and variously European and Canadian history.

Dr. Christopher Hawkins, Vice President of Research and Community Engagement, Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College

Prior to Yukon College, Chris had 25 years of government, industry and academic forestry research experience in British Columbia. His last position was the FRBC - Slocan Chair of Mixedwood Ecology and Managment at the University of Northern British Columbia. He holds a PhD from Australian National University and an MSc and BSc from Simon Fraser University. Chris has published over 100 articles primarily related to forestry.

Dr. Lassi Heininen, Professor of Arctic Politics, University of Lapland (Finland)

Lassi received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Lapland. He is the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, and has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and Trent University in Canada. Lassi is the leader of the UArctic-NRF (Northern Research Forum) Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security Studies.

Dr. Robert Huebert, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

Robert is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His current research includes Canadian Arctic security and sovereignty, environmental security, and Canadian defence policy. He is a Director for the Canadian Polar Commission and an expert and frequent commentator on Arctic sovereignty.

Marilyn Jensen, Instructor of First Nations Governance & Public Administration, Yukon College

Marilyn began her career as researcher interviewing elders across the Yukon for the Council of Yukon First Nations, allowing her to learn much about the history and culture. She co-founded a consulting company called “Legendseekers” which has provided research, consulting, training and facilitation in the Yukon. She has worked for the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and most recently managed a language revitalization program for the Yukon First Nation Self-Government Secretariat.

David Johnny, Upper Tanana Culture Specialist, White River First Nation

Mr. Johnny served three terms as Chief of the White River First Nation, an untreatied Yukon Indian Band whose traditional territory is bifurcated by the Yukon – Alaska borderlands. He was born and raised in the bush of the Scottie Creek valley. Mr. Johnny is fluent in his native language of Upper Tanana and conversational in the Northern Tutchone and Ahtna languages. A gifted teacher, Mr. Johnny is committed to the intergenerational transmission of the language and culture that makes up The Dineh Way.

Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer, Professor of History, University of Waterloo

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a Canadian historian and frequent commentator on circumpolar affairs. His current research focuses on Arctic sovereignty and security issues since the Second World War, including a SSHRC-funded program on Canadian-American Relations in the Early Cold War Arctic.  His most recent books include histories of the Canadian Rangers and an edited volume on Aboriginal blockades and occupations since 1970.

Dr. Frédéric Lasserre, Professor of Geography, Université Laval

Frédéric received his PhD in Geography in Saint-Étienne, France, and holds Masters degrees from York University, the Université Paris VIII, and the École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon. He is an expert in geopolitics, borders, and security issues in Asia, and has written widely on global interests in the Arctic.

Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Associate Professor of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada

In addition to the Royal Military College of Canada, Christian is cross-appointed at Queen’s University where he is a fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations and the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy. He collaborates with Canadian and allied governments on issues of national security and horizon scanning. His research priorities include national security and defence policy, border security, and emerging security threats.

Stephen Mills, Assistant Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Yukon Government

Biography to come.

Craig Murray, Hydrologist, Institute for Watershed Science at Trent University

Craig Murray holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Geography from Ryerson University and an MSc in Hydrology from Trent University. Craig has worked at the Institute for Watershed Science since 2007. His recent projects have included the development and delivery of capacity building material on source water protection for Yukon and Northwest Territories First Nation communities and the development of a framework to minimize the ecological impacts of hydrological dams.

Dr. Heather Nicol, Professor of Geography, Trent University

Heather Nicol is a political geographer with interests in the Canada-US Border, the circumpolar North, and Canada-Cuba relations. She is also interested in the circumpolar North as a geopolitical and geo-economic space, and the relationship between the interests of nation-states and indigenous peoples in the North. She is currently investigating the veracity of corporate claims to socio-economic development in the Canadian North.

Dr. Douglas Nord, Visiting Professor in Political Science, Umeå University (Sweden)

Professor Douglas Nord is an established scholar in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. His areas of specialty include the foreign and northern development policies of Canada, the Nordic states and Russia as well as the United States.  He has written extensively on the relations between the countries of the circumpolar north and on the emergence of the Arctic as a central concern of contemporary international politics. He has lectured at several universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Dan Paleczny, Director of Policy, Planning and Aboriginal Relations in the Department of Environment, Yukon Government

Dan received his PhD in Protected Areas Assessment and Reporting from the University of Greenwich in 2010. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Protected Landscape Management and a BSc (Hon.) in Physical Geography. In addition to his position in the Yukon Government, Dan is an Instructor in Protected Areas Management at Yukon College.

Dr. Jessica Shadian, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (Denmark)

Jessica is a fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies working on the legal implications of Arctic indigenous sovereignty as it relates to the politics of Arctic extractive industries and Arctic governance. She has published or co-authored several works on Arctic affairs and holds a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Delaware.

John Streicker, Councillor, City of Whitehorse

Councillor John Streicker is a professional engineer and community advocate. John is the climate science advisor for the Yukon Research Centre and lectures sessionally at Yukon College. Recent projects include facilitating Yukon Energy’s resource plan; improving municipal transit; and providing technical advice on territorial emissions reductions. John is the past President of the Green Party of Canada, and serves as the advocate for Arctic and Northern Affairs.

Tessa Battimelli, Masters Candidate in Public Administration, University of Victoria

Tessa Battimelli is a research fellow with the Borders in Globalization project, currently completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Victoria. She finished her BA in 2013, focusing on Political Science and Religious Studies. Tessa has continued to pursue her interest in Canadian politics and has always had a personal interest in topics related to indigenous governance, multi-level governance, voter turnout, civic education, and advanced education.

Sara Bourquin, Masters Candidate in Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria

Sara Bourquin is a fellow of the Borders in Globalization program at UVic. Bourquin is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and holds a BA from the University of Ottawa with honors in conflict studies and human rights. Currently she is a master’s candidate in dispute resolution under the School of Public Administration at UVic.

Michael Buttazonni, Masters Candidate in Public Administration, University of Victoria

Michael attended the University of Western Ontario, earning an MA in History in addition to his BA in History and Political Science. Currently, he is attending the UVic's Master of Public Administration program where he recently completed a co-op semester with the BC Ministry of Health. He is also a researcher with the Borders in Globalization group at UVic.

Karen Everett, PhD Candidate in Canadian Studies, Trent University

Karen Everett is a PhD Candidate in the Canadian Studies program at Trent University. Her research interests follow contemporary Canadian immigration policy, border security and Canada's relationship with the United States in a post-9/11 setting. Through an understanding of Canadian immigration and security policies, Karen will look towards the future of Canada's policy-making role in an ever changing political environment.

Nur Masoumzadeh, Masters Candidate in Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria

Nur completed her BA at Western University in Political Science (Hon.) with a Minor in Philosophy. She is currently doing her Masters in Dispute Resolution at UVic. Her research interests are in post-conflict reconciliation programs, national transboundary collaboration policies and postmodern approaches to borders in globalisation. She volunteers at Restorative Justice Victoria as a mentor and works at the Center for Global Studies at UVic as a research fellow.