Historian Adam Lajeunesse is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at St. Jerome’s University. He is currently working on a research program examining the history of Canadian military operations in the Arctic and the history of northern development, with a focus on hydrocarbon exploration from the 1960s to the mid-1980s. Dr. Lajeunesse’s doctoral research focused on the evolution of Canada’s Arctic maritime sovereignty.
Mary Stapleton is currently Cultural Liaison at the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary. She represents the Arctic Institute of North America as a Permanent Non-state Observer of Arctic Council. Her special interest is the advocacy of preserving circumpolar indigenous cultures. She promotes involving indigenous people directly in communication about indigenous cultures in all media.
Robert studied the impact of development in the Arctic and drew on his experience as mineral advisor to TFN during Nunavut land claim negotiations. The result of his work was published by AINA and U of C Press in 2003 the book "New Owners inTheir Own Land - Minerals and Inuit Land Claims" Robert has lectured on the subject a number of times including a march 2004 address at the convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association in Toronto. The event was hosted by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., an agency that administers Inuit owned lands and resources.
Dr. Robert MacDonald has been associated with AINA since its move to the University of Calgary in 1976. He has coordinated and taught senior citizens’ courses at the Institute for twenty years on a variety of themes, including biology, exploration (Arctic and Antarctic), whaling, fur trade, petroleum, arts, northern issues, peoples, and Russia. He has also continued to teach undergraduate courses at the University of Calgary, including a course on Northern Development in the Faculty of Communication and Culture.
P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a Canadian historian and frequent commentator on contemporary circumpolar affairs. Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, he completed his undergraduate studies at the St. Jerome’s University and was honoured to return back to him alma mater as a faculty member soon after completing his doctorate. Although actively engaged in various research programmes related to Canadian defence, foreign policy, and Arctic issues, he is passionate about undergraduate teaching – an outlet for his passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of Canadian history.
Ken holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Durham, England and has worked for more than 40 years in the international oil and gas exploration industry. He has long held an interest in the Arctic and Far North since he worked on geological field parties in the Canadian High Arctic and in Alaska in the 1970s.
William (Bill) Barr holds degrees in Geography from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and McGill University, Québec. From 1968 until 1999 he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Geography, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and from 1985 until 1997 was head of that department. In 1999 he moved to Calgary, where he is one of the Research Fellows in residence at the Arctic Institute of North America.