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  • April 6, 20215:30pm - 7:00pm
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Many aficionados of the Canadian Arctic are afflicted with infrastructure envy. The deficiency is hard to miss when we compare Canada’s Northern infrastructure to that of our seven circumpolar neighbours, including southeast Alaska, Finland, Norway, and Russia. The evidence is hard to dispute: Over the past 50 years, these nations have invested trillions of dollars in ports, roads, rail, energy, and telecommunications.

In the same period, Canada chose to invest time, policy development, and money in political self-determination through devolution, land-claim settlements, and self-government. At first glance, comparing the two approaches to Northern or Arctic development is like comparing apples and oranges. A deeper look reveals an opportunity for Canada to close the gap with long-term, ongoing investment in strategic infrastructure that could one day be the envy of its Arctic neighbours. The question is: how? 

What should be Canada’s long-term plan for infrastructure development in the North? What provisions might that plan include to developing local capacity in infrastructure planning, design, investment and construction? Who will guide investments in the North to ensure green, sustainable investments that protect what we love about the Arctic and what the Arctic provides Canada? 

Join us for a conversation to imagine the future of social, economic and green infrastructure in Canada’s Arctic.

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  • Madeleine Redfern, COO of CanArctic Inuit Networks
  • Dr. Jessica M. Shadian, President and CEO, Arctic360
  • Clint Davis, Mpa, Llb, Chief Executive Officer (Ceo) & Board Director
  • Rob Huebert, Research Fellow Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary


5:30PM - E-Networking and Engagement

6:00PM - Panel + Q&A

7:00PM - Small group discussions with panelists 


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Madeleine Redfern

Madeleine Redfern

COO of CanArctic Inuit Networks

Madeleine Redfern, LLB, was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Madeleine has 30 years of experience working in business and governance, on issues related to economic development, housing, education, employment and training, justice, community services, early childhood development, and health care. She is a graduate of the Akitsiraq law school with a law degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, she worked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice Charron. Madeleine is a member of the National Indigenous Economic Development Consortium, Arctic360, Trudeau Foundation, President of the Ajungi Group, Northern Robotics, COO of CanArctic Inuit Networks, President of SednaLink Marine Systems.

Madeleine’s expertise is grounded in partnership-building and developing local capacity towards fulfilling the goal of self-government and good governance. She has a record of working with industry, governments, indigenous organizations and communities, helping to assess and identify strategies and approaches for better outcomes.


Dr. Jessica M. Shadian

Dr. Jessica M. Shadian

President and CEO of Arctic360

Dr. Jessica M. Shadian is President and CEO of Arctic360. Jessica has spent the last 20 years living and working as an academic and consultant, throughout the European and North American Arctic. Most recently her efforts have been entirely dedicated to building Canada's Arctic specific think tank. Jessica is widely published on issues of Arctic global politics, Arctic Indigenous governance, and the emerging economy of the North American Arctic. Her expertise is regularly solicited by media outlets, policy makers, think tanks, and Arctic specific institutions in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Shadian’s 2014 book entitled: The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge) is the first in-depth history of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Inuit sovereignty in global politics reaching back to pre-European discovery. Jessica's consulting work began while living in the Norwegian Arctic as the co-creator and organizer of an Arctic Dialogue series which brought together state and local political leaders, oil and gas and other industry leaders, local communities, and academia (from Norway, Alaska, and Greenland) concerned with Arctic offshore oil and gas development to create and increase information sharing about Arctic resource development.

Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Delaware (2006) during which she wrote her dissertation at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, UK on an NSF award. She then spent the following 5 years in the Norwegian High North, first at the Barents Institute and then as a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø. She then received an Associate Professor, Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Denmark. In June 2017, Shadian completed a two-year Nansen Professorship co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Akureyri, Iceland prior to moving to Toronto and dedicating herself full-time to building Arctic360, a Partnership with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


Clint Davis

Clint Davis

Mpa, Llb, Chief Executive Officer (Ceo) & Board Director

Clint Davis is a C-suite leader, 3-time CEO, and active board director dedicated to driving strategic vision that creates economic growth and scales Indigenous development corporations. Over the course of his career, Clint has ignited hundreds of millions of dollars in growth for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

Clint started his career as a lawyer with Benson Myles. After establishing himself in law, he transitioned into public service as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. With his well-rounded strengths, Clint advanced his career in banking, joining BMO as the National Director of Indigenous Banking, where he positioned BMO as a bank of choice for Indigenous organizations.

Embodying a diverse skill set and deep understanding of Indigenous affairs and commerce, Clint stepped into the non-profit sector as CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Despite taking on a new role during the 2008 recession, Clint successfully transformed the organization, differentiating it as the preeminent organization building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and communities. Under his leadership, CCAB nearly tripled their annual revenue, grew their membership, and published ground-breaking research.

After his success at CCAB, Clint returned to banking as VP, Indigenous Banking with TD, where he doubled the portfolio and developed and executed TD’s 1st Indigenous Banking national strategy. Leveraging his broad finance expertise and insights into Indigenous interests, Clint launched North35 Capital Partners, where he advised Indigenous communities and development corporations on business strategy. While at North35, Clint also envisioned and built the structure for an Indigenous Infrastructure Fund, a 1st-of-its-kind aimed at furthering investment into Indigenous communities.

Currently, Clint is the CEO of Nunasi Corporation, an Inuit development corporation headquartered in Iqaluit. He is working to reposition the established organization as an industry leader, streamline its business interests, and drive strategy focused on prudent yet profitable growth.

Frequently turned to for insights into Indigenous business and economics, Clint has been a featured expert in major media such as APTN, CBC, BNN, and The Globe and Mail, and he’s a former blogger for Financial Post.

Clint is also an active board member. He currently serves on the boards of Vancity Community Investment Banking, Indspire, The Walrus, and the Labrador Wellness Centre. He also founded the Inuit Development Corporation Association, uniting the 6 Inuit development corporations in Canada. Clint was also a key contributor to the development of the framework for the national truth and reconciliation council as a Governor in Council appointee, in addition to serving as a member of an advisory board to Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

Clint was recognized for his contribution to Indigenous business with the Indspire Award in the Business and Commerce category, the highest honour awarded to an individual by the Indigenous community.

A graduate of Harvard University, Clint holds his Master in Public Administration degree in business and government policy. He was also a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar. Prior to earning his master’s degree, Clint completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Indigenous, business, and criminal law from Dalhousie University, as well as his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance from Acadia University. In 2015, Clint was recognized as Acadia University Distinguished Alumni.

Clint is an Inuk and member of Nunatsiavut. He was born and raised in Goose Bay, Labrador.


Rob Huebert

Rob Huebert

Research Fellow Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also a senior research fellow with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was a senior research fellow of the Canadian International Council.

In November 2010, he was appointed as a director to the Canadian Polar Commission Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba.

His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal.. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.


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