On February 17, the Québec Government Office in New York, in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate and New York University's Center for Global Affairs (CGA), organized a high-level discussion entitled “Going North: Leadership in the Arctic”.
This public event brought together eminent arctic experts from a wide range of fields to take stock of Canada’s chairmanship role at the Arctic Council as well as the upcoming handover this spring to the United States.
A wide array of regional issues were addressed by sector specific panelists in international law, policymaking, security, resource development and scientific research.
Québec’s leadership in addressing climate change and the government’s vision to sustainably develop the northern territory of Québec through its proposed Plan Nord, was underscored and highlighted during the talks.
Opening remarks were given by Québec's Delegate General Jean-Claude Lauzon as well as Canada's Consul General John Prato. Carolyn Kissane, academic director and professor at New York University served as the event’s moderator.
The Québec office was pleased to coordinate the participation of Joël Plouffe, research fellow at the Interuniversity Research Center on the International Relations of Canada and Québec, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook and fellow at the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute.