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. He has a monograph based on his dissertation being published by UBC Press and has published articles on the subject in International Journal, Canadian Military Journal, and through the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies Occasional Paper series. A significant part of this work examines Canada’s diplomatic relationship with the United States and analyzes how the two nations have managed (or failed to manage) their competing positions on the nature of the Arctic waters. His work sheds new light on how the two countries balanced their positions on the law of the sea, continental defence, and Arctic sovereignty. His postdoctoral work represents an evolution of many of these themes. In addition, Lajeunesse has produced the first detailed research on Cold War era submarine operations and joint defence cooperation (published in Cold War History). He has also published on contemporary issues, such as Arctic shipping, the economics of northern hydrocarbon development, Arctic security, and whole of government operations.
Research and teaching interests include political economy, urban anthropology, anthropology of law, Hong Kong, China and North America. Author of Making Room: Squatter Clearance in Hong Kong. Articles on squatting, public housing, illegal economies, planning and Hong Kong investment in China have appeared in American Anthropologist, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Critique of Anthropology, Society and Space, Asian Journal of Public Administration, Cultural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, City and Society, and a variety of edited volumes. Currently doing research on social change in China, social exclusion in cities, and housing in Hong Kong.
Dr. Alexander Braun is a Professor with the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen's University. His research focus is on global geophysics, geodynamics, satellite geodesy, and Arctic change. A special emphasis is on solid Earth-cryosphere interactions in Arctic Canada and Greenland. He is currently conducting research in the field of Arctic sea-ice mapping using a combination of space borne, airborne and in-situ measurements.
After obtaining a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Frankfurt, Dr. Braun worked for the GeoFoschungsZentrum Potsdam on Satellite mission development and operations. In 2002, he became a Byrd Fellow at the Byrd Polar Research Center and a Senior Research Associate at the Laboratory for Space Geodesy and Remote Sensing of the Ohio State University. He was Associate Professor of Geodesy in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Prior to moving to Kingston, ON, Dr. Braun was at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Dr Hill is Assistant Professor of Military History in the Department of History and specialises in the military and strategic history of the Soviet Union. Dr Hill's Arctic interests are primarily in the militarization of the Soviet north in the period 1917-1945, including the construction of the Baltic-White Sea Canal and development of the Northern Sea Route both for both obviously military and civilian purposes. He has written on the development of the Soviet Northern Fleet immediately prior to and during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, including the impact of Allied aid on Soviet naval power in the region, and is currently editing a volume, working with Russian scholars, on the Soviet naval war in the Arctic 1941-1945. He is developing links with the Pomor State University in Arkhangel'sk, which he visited in April 2005.
Allice Legat is a practicing anthropologist with an interest in how the past inform present decision making and what it means to be knowledgeable, especially in an environment of industrial development and climate change. She is also interested in how practice anthropology can inform theoretical understandings in the social sciences. Allice is currently working with the Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre, Behchoko, NT on a climate change and health project, and with the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, NWTon an Environmental Monitoring Framework and Traditional Knowledge Guidelines project. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow with the Anthropology Department, University of Aberdeen and was the Roberta Bondar Fellow, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario during 2012-2013. Yellowknife, NWT is her home.
Dr. Annie Quinney is an Instructor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. Prior to this she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arctic Institute of North America.
Annie completed her PhD at Monash University in Australia. For her doctoral studies, Annie and her supervisors discovered and described four new amber deposits from within the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. This amber is important because it not only contains some of the highest latitude amber deposits in the Southern Hemisphere, but it also represents the terrestrial realm during a time of globally elevated sea levels, for which terrestrial fossils are lacking. Annie has also used fossil soils to reconstruct the ancient environments and climates that existed during the time of the dinosaurs in Alberta.
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. From 1971 until 1978 he was editor of The Musk-Ox, the journal of the Institute for Northern Studies, University of Saskatchewan, and from 1977 until 1993, Associate Editor, then Editor of Polar Geography and Geology. He was Editor of the Northern Lights Series, co-published by the Arctic Institute of North America and the University of Calgary Press from 2001 - 2012. A glacial geomorphologist by training, since 1972 his major research focus has been the history of exploration of the Arctic, and to a lesser degree, the Antarctic.
Brian Moorman is a professor in the Department of Geography. He came to the University of Calgary in 1996 as the founding Director of the Earth Science Program, joint appointed in the Departments of Geography and Geoscience. He has since gone on to be the Head of the Department of Geography and is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Infrastructure in the Faculty of Arts.
Permafrost and glacial hydrology are Brian's main research interests. He works extensively in the Canadian Arctic, using geophysical, remote sensing and geochemical techniques to study massive ground ice, hydrology, and terrain stability. He is currently working on the hydrology and modelling ground movement of glaciers and permafrost terrain, permafrost stability and developing UAVs for geomorphology research.
Callum Thomson, a graduate of the University of Calgary (B.A. Hons., Archaeology) and Bryn Mawr College (M.A., Anthropology) is an archaeologist specializing in circumpolar cultures. He has spent more than 30 years undertaking field research in the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic and for the past 15 years has served in the off-season as lecturer and guide on small expedition cruise ships in the Arctic, North Atlantic and Antarctica. Callum is a former Curator of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Newfoundland Museum, former Provincial Archaeologist for Newfoundland and Labrador, and worked for 14 years as Heritage Resources Manager for an international firm of environmental and engineering consultants. Callum and Research Associate/Life Member Jane Sproull Thomson now live in Pictou Landing, NS, where they manage Thomson Heritage Consultants, specializing in Arctic studies.
Chris entered Canada's public service as a research economist in the Department of Industry in 1986 and joined the Department of External Affairs later that year. He served abroad in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. While at the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 2000 to 2004, he served on the Permanent Joint Board on Defence (PJBD). In Ottawa, he held a number of positions including serving on the Russia Desk, as deputy director of the Economic Summit Division and as a Director in the Global Partnership Program where he was involved in WMD destruction in Russia. In 2004, he was a senior analyst in the Canada-U.S. Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. After serving as the Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed Ambassador to Finland from 2009 to 2013. Returning to Ottawa, he became the Executive Director of the Circumpolar Affairs Division during Canada's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2013 to 2015 and travelled extensively to Canada's North. He became Executive Director of the Intelligence Policy and Programs Division in 2017 and retired from Global Affairs Canada in 2020. He is a former member of the AINA Board of Directors.
Constance Martin became a Research Associate of AINA in 1986 and a Fellow of the Institute in 2004. She earned both a BA and an MA from the University of Calgary. Her graduate thesis was a study of the visual records of expeditions to the Far North in search of the Northwest Passage. After teaching art history for several years, she joined AINA and has curated several Arctic art exhibitions. Her research has been in Canada, the US, England and Norway, as well as St. Petersburg, Russia. Currently, she is organizing AINA's photographic archives collection dating from the late 19th into mid 20th century into an online archive and database.
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Dr. David Millar holds a PhD in Glaciology from the University of Cambridge (Scott Polar Research Institute), where he conducted fieldwork in the Antarctic. His research there was on radio-echo layering in the Antarctic and Greenland icesheets and their application to reconstructing palaeoclimates and past ice flow. Recently his interest has been on climate change in the arctic. He is also Editor, Northern Lights Series, University of Calgary Press (https://press.ucalgary.ca/series#northern-lights).
Dr. Stewart received her PhD in geography from the University of Calgary in 2008. She began her polar research work 12 years ago in the Antarctic where she worked at Scott Base, the New Zealand research base in the Ross Dependency. Later, she switched her research focus to the Arctic.
Dr. Stewart’s work focuses on examining resident attitudes toward tourism development in the communities of Churchill, Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet. She is also examining the vulnerability of polar bear viewing tourism in Churchill to climate change and, in a separate project, is looking at the implications of climate change on sea ice conditions for cruise tourism.
Gerald (Gerry) Holdsworth was educated in New Zealand and the United States where he obtained a Ph D in Geology, specializing in Geophysics. He came to Ottawa in 1969 to take up a position with the (then) Department of Energy Mines and Resources as Head of the Arctic Section of the Glaciology Sub-Division within Hydrological Sciences Division. He did glacier surveys on Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island before turning attention to Mount Logan in the Yukon. In 1980 he moved to Calgary with the Department of Environment that evolved from earlier Government Departments. He has specialized in high altitude ice core research since then and collaborates with scientists from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto.
Dr Gunhild Hoogensen is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tromsø. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her main research interest is the application of the human security concept, informed by gender and indigenous perspectives, particularly within the Arctic context. Dr. Hoogensen currently leads the multidisciplinary "Human Security in the Arctic" project, investigating the impacts of oil and gas development on Arctic peoples (indigenous and non-indigenous) through the concept of human security. For more information, please visit her website.
Jane Sproull Thomson teaches Inuit and First Nations art and culture at the University of Calgary and is Art Curator at Red Deer College.She is a Research Associate and Life Member with the Arctic Institute of North America, is a past Curator of Ethnology at Glenbow Museum, and was Chief Curator of the Newfoundland and Labrador Museums system. For the past fifteen years Jane has also lectured on cruises around the North Atlantic, the Western, Central and Eastern Arctic and Britain. As a Bluenose, Jane grew up near the sea and loves to sail and kayak near the Thomsons summer cottage on the Northumberland Strait. During Calgary winters, she and husband Callum and their three sons enjoy being near the mountains, skiing cross country and downhill. She also harbours a burning passion for the Flames.
Jeff Gilmour has been a Research Associate of AINA since 1998.
He currently serves as a member of the Municipal Government Board and a part-time member of the Energy Resources Conservation Board.
Mr. Gilmour was appointed Honourary Consul for the Republic of Mali in 1995.
In 1986-1993 he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice with the Government of the Northwest Territories; he served as Chairman and CEO of the Northwest Territories Workers Compensation Board from 1993-1996; and from 1997-1998 he served as Deputy Minister of the Executive and Secretary to Cabinet.
His research areas are Resource Law and International Law of the North.
Dr. John Yackel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and is an active participant in Arctic sea ice field research using microwave remote sensing as a primary tool. He is also a co-principal investigator on several national (including ArcticNET) and international climate change projects which use remote sensing for examining Arctic sea ice - climate processes.
A graduate of the Univeristy of Toronto (B.Sc.) and the University of Calgary (Ph.D.), Jon's first experience in the Canadian Arctic was as a field assistant with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research on Baffin Island in the 1970's. Subsequent fieldwork with the Geological Survey of Canada included Melville Peninsula and Kluane National Park.
Following retirement from a 26 year career in the Calgary oil industry he continues his Earth science outreach activities as a guide and instructor for the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation, a member of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network, and as a lecturer on small expedition cruises in the Arctic.
He is currently a volunteer assistant to an Inuit Elder - driven initiative, Tusaqtuut, documenting the core knowledge of the few remaining Elders born on the land of South Baffin prior to relocation to Arctic settlements. This includes planning a southern knowledge-sharing visit to the University of Calgary hosted by the Arctic Institute. This will provide opportunity to review the Arctic Institute archives with the Inuit Elders thereby initiating a project to increase the value of the Institute's Arctic photographic collection by identifying some of the Nunavumiut in the photos.
Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam is Associate Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University, and a Research Associate of the Arctic Institute of North America. Dr. Kassam is interested in applied research that has immediate impact and is of relevance to communities. His wide variety of research interests include Arctic social science, bio-cultural diversity, circumpolar cultures and change, climate change and its impacts, community economic development, gender analysis, human ecology, indigenous knowledge (ways of knowing), indigenous land and marine use, natural resource policy and management, participatory action research, and social change in indigenous communities.
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.
He is currently studying the geology, geography, archaeology, and history of exploration of Foxe Basin, with particular emphasis on Prince Charles Island, Air Force Island and Foley Island, the last parts of Canada to be discovered and added to the map in 1948.
Magdalena A.K. Muir, B.A., J.D., LL.M, is a Research Associate with Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary since 1991, with extensive research and writings implemented in collaboration with academic institutions, governments, industry and northern communities.
Arctic and polar research projects are described on the AINA website, and include significant and ongoing research on sustainable energy development, sustainable tourism, and climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation in polar and mid-latitude regions.
Further information on Dr. Muir's research is found under her various project descriptions on the AINA website, with abstracts and full publications being available in a search of the ASTIS Database and Researchgate.
From 2014 onwards, Dr. Muir has delivered modules on economic development, environmental and socio-cultural issues in the northern and circumpolar region for the Aboriginal Relations Leadership Certificate Program. Since 2004, Dr. Muir is Advisory Board Member, Climate and Global Change with the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), leading engagement on climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation for Europe’s coastal and marine areas, with a strategic focus on the Arctic and regional seas.
Since 2011, Dr. Muir is also Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC in the Masters of Science: Energy Policy and Climate program at the Zanyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Muir was appointed as Associate Professor with the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University in Herning, Denmark, and remains affiliated with the Arctic Research Centre and Nordic Centre of Excellence for Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research (NCoE NORD-STAR).
From 2013 to 2014, Dr Muir implemented a Fulbright Scholarship as Adjunct Associate Researcher with the Columbia Climate Center in the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City; and as a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration and Mangone Center for Marine Policy in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Poulin's research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate cerebral blood flow in young healthy humans, how these mechanisms become altered with disease processes and aging, and the role of interventions such as exercise and altitude (and altitude-related disorders such as Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) on the cerebral circulation.
Dr. Poulin is currently serving as Chair for the Specialization Program (training program for MSc and PhD students) in Mountain Medicine and High Altitude Physiology.
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.
Mary has been President of InterFacts Consulting Ltd. for over 35 years. InterFacts is a consultancy providing professional communications management, research and planning services to resource companies, regulated utilities, governments, and social agencies. Her major areas of specialization include public consultation, economic and employment development, and land use planning. Professional assignments include participation on inter-disciplinary teams evaluating socio-economic/environmental impacts, and developing public involvement programs for hydroelectric and harbour developments. She has wide experience in working with aboriginal groups in northern Canada and in assessing socioeconomic impacts, including cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.
Mary was also Managing Director of The Arctic Circumpolar Gateway, a holistic research and communications project. She was instrumental in forming the Arctic Circle of Indigenous Communicators (ACIC), an advisory group to the ACG, which promoted communications in the circumpolar North. ACG was sponsored by UNESCO and the Arctic Institute of North America. The ACG’s goal to identify, coordinate, interpret and disseminate information on the cultural heritage linkages of northern indigenous peoples, along with the history of others whose travels and exploration have affected the Arctic Regions, continues to be a focus of interest and development.
Mary received a Master of Architecture (Environmental Design) degree from the University of Calgary. She studied fine arts and museum management at Harvard University School of Graduate Studies, and conducted research for the Glenbow Museum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours from Miami University, with specialization in fine arts, English and French, and a Permanent Secondary Teaching Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in English and French. She has lived in Alberta and British Columbia since 1964, and has consulted in the northern areas of both provinces as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories. She has been involved in community service work throughout her career, in English, French, and aboriginal language communities.
Research Associate Norman Hallendy is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art in the field of Industrial Design. Spanning over 40 years, Hallendy has had a continuous relationship with the Inuit of Southwest Baffin Island. During this time, he has acquired an extensive body of traditional knowledge. He has been an invited Lecturer at numerous Canadian, American, and British universities. He is an associate of the World Archaeological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is a Research Fellow of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and a Research Associate with the Nunavut Research Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution. His field of expertise is Ethnogeography.
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.
Whitney was a Fulbright Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and a Canadian International Council Research Fellow in 2008-09. He has travelled extensively with the Canadian Rangers from coast to coast to coast over the last decade, and he was made Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group in 2014.
His current research includes Arctic sovereignty and security issues since the Second World War; the Canada-United States Joint Arctic Weather Station (JAWS) program, which operated in the High Arctic from 1947-72; the history of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line; and the evolution of Canada's Northern strategies.
Whitney is married with three children, and lives on a working farm in Otterville, Ontario. He and his sons are passionate about all things Star Wars.
For more about his teaching, scholarship, and research projects, please visit his website at http://www.lackenbauer.ca.
My research interests lie in Arctic Archaeology, the digital preservation of polar heritage at risk, and the visualization of archaeological data using 3D Computer Modeling, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. I work closely with Dr. Richard Levy, Faculty of Environmental Design, and a variety of others in industry and engineering. Please Click on the Link to My Digital Heritage Website for information on my current activities, research projects, and graduate students, and a complete list of my current publications.
Peter Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa specializing in mountain regions. His research has focused on the geomorphology and hydrology of the St.Elias Mountains in the southwest Yukon since 1970. In 1973 he started a field course in the region and this has run annually either in remote sites or at the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) of the Arctic Institute. Over 250 students have been introduced to northern fieldwork through the course. During the last five years a glaciology course has been added to the program at the Icefield Discovery Camp on the St.Elias Icefield. His research and teaching have used the KLRS facility since 1970. He has also filled a number of roles in national and international circumpolar science including Chair of the Canadian Polar Commission, President of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, Vice-President of the International Arctic Science Committee and a Council Member of the University of the Arctic.
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. His research involves the impact of development in the North, and the history of the Arctic Institute of North America. He has traveled north several times for research, canoeing, hiking, and photography.
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.
Sean Maher has been a Research Associate at AINA since 1998. He holds a BA in Archaeology and a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK), and has recently served as Climate Change Policy Coordinator for the Canadian International Development Agency. Sean's research interests are broadly concerned with the political and cultural economies of work and labour within northern Canadian Aboriginal societies. His doctoral research explores the importance of historical and contemporary roles and experiences of work and labour within the community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, working closely with members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and the Fort Chipewyan Metis Association. Sean has recently presented aspects of his research to the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and to the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS)? His most recent research follows the intersections between the experiences of work and employment, and issues of health within northern Aboriginal communities.
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Dr. Strong has academic and professional expertise in vegetation ecology and analysis, but he also has an interest in palaeoecology. As a full-time resident of Yukon since early 2007, much of his time has involved investigating the present and past development of vegetation in Yukon, recognition of a new variety of lodgepole pine and possibly a new lichen taxon, and the development of an extensive plant collection for the territory. The latter is an ongoing project that currently exceeds 9300 specimens, mostly vascular plants and lichens.
William Semple is a architecht/consultant with NORDEC Consulting & Design. Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Researcher (Northern Housing) in the Sustainable Housing Group at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Working directly with northern communities and the northern housing corporations, he was involved in a number of innovative aboriginal housing projects aimed at improving the environmental and cultural sustainability of housing and communities in the Canadian Far North. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2007, as key member of the CCHRC Steering Committee, he assisted in organizing the international northern housing forum titled “Sustainable Northern Shelter in a World of Diminishing Resources”. As a follow up to this forum, he is the conference chairman of the organizing committee for next Northern Housing Forum to be held in Inuvik, NWT in 2010.
He also launched a project to study sustainable northern housing and community infrastructure in circumpolar countries and assess the potential for using these examples in Canada.