Posted in April 2012

Recap Day 4 & 5 at IPY 2012

Day 4 started with a video summarizing the Indigenous Knowledge Exchange. With performances by the ArtCirq, the Dakhka Khwaan Dancers and throat singers, photo exhibits, forums, award winners, exhibitors, guest panelists, keynote speakers, representatives on the executive committee, and even a strong presence in the conference “twittersphere” and a special degustation of northern delicacies, the … Continue reading

Day 3 at IPY 2012

Day 3 at the IPY 2012 started with a mini tornado called Dr. Louis Fortier. This morning’s keynote speaker was ArcticNet’s Scientific Director, Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change and a Professor at Université Laval since 1989. His first words at the microphone were: “I will not waste … Continue reading

IPY 2012 logistic

It is important to mention that the organization of the International Polar Year 2012 has done a tremendous job with the set up of the conference. I also need to say that the internet wifi, provided to all 3,000 attendees, for free, is really fast and working extremely well! Congratulations for a well done job! … Continue reading

IPY 2012 – Day Two

It was day two at the International Polar Year, and just like yesterday, it was filled with amazing discussions, great meetings and priceless new connections. Now sitting with Moki Kokoris of the Arctic Institute, we were ready for another intense working day. Peter Harrison, Chair of the IPY 2012, came on stage and started the day … Continue reading

IPY 2012 – beginning

Yesterday was the registration and the opening cocktail for the International Polar Year 2012 Conference. After picking up the badge and meeting people, it was time to head over to one of the main rooms and break the ice with all the other attendees – more than 3,000 of them, from 47 countries. While we … Continue reading

The IPY 2012 App for over 2,500 attendees!

While visiting the CCGS Amundsen this afternoon, I caught up with Peter Harrison, Chair of IPY 2012. He was happy to show me, fresh from the morning before, the conference’s entire program available on the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Make sure to download the app right here . Once you have it in your smart phone, simply … Continue reading

CCGS Amundsen

Tomorrow the International Polar Year 2012 conference is starting in Montreal, but today, the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker, docked at the King Edward Quay in the Old Port, was opened to the media. The icebreaker was built in 1979 and commissioned as the CCGS Sir John Franklin. In 2003, she was refitted for scientific purposes and named … Continue reading

Deflecting – Preservation and Exploitation

“As long as there are commercial opportunities in the Arctic, local communities, governments, and companies will take advantage of them.” Andreas Østhagen, Research Associate – Norway/EU Arctic Policy In the conservation world, there are two main ideologies on how to achieve your goal. The first one consist of applying a direct counter force towards an … Continue reading