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confirmed speakers:

  • Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke, Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate, Alaska
  • The Honorable Aleqa Hammond, Member of the Danish Parliament; former Prime Minister of Greenland
  • Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District of Washington State
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, 7th Congressional District of Washington State
  • Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Norway [Video Message]
  • Mr. Stefan Lindström, Consul General, Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles
  • Mr. Brandon Lee, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
  • Commodore Angus Topshee, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Plans NORAD-USNORTHCOM J5
  • Ms. Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Dr. James Kendall, Regional Director, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Dr. Brendan Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH); former Assistant Director for Polar Science, The White House; former Chief Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium 
  • Ms. Melanie Bahnke, President & CEO, Kawerak, Inc.; Tribal Member of the Native Village of Savoonga, Alaska
  • Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Dr. Amy Lauren Lovecraft, Department of Political Science, University Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Christina Schädel, Northern Arizona University (SEARCH)
  • Dr. Ted Schuur, Northern Arizona University (SEARCH)
  • Dr. Marc Müller-Stoffels, denamics GmbH
  • Mr. Shannon R. Jenkins, Senior Arctic Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Mrs. Cara Condit, Director for the Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP), U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • Ms. Rachel Cox, Associate, Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice Group, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Mr. Jason Morgan, Partner, Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice Group, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Ms. Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice-President (Alaska), Alaska Airlines

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"As the world prepares for a more open Arctic, it is vital that we as a nation step up our engagement and leadership. The Arctic Encounter Symposium brought together leaders in the Arctic community with great discussion about the current and future state of the Arctic.”

— U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

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"As the world prepares for a more open Arctic, it is vital that we as a nation step up our engagement and leadership. The Arctic Encounter Symposium brought together leaders in the Arctic community with great discussion about the current and future state of the Arctic.”

— U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

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"This symposium provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of issues facing the people of the Arctic, and clearly demonstrates why the Arctic matters, regardless of where you live and work. "

— Fran Ulmer, Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission

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"This symposium provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of issues facing the people of the Arctic, and clearly demonstrates why the Arctic matters, regardless of where you live and work. "

— Fran Ulmer, Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission

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"Since its inception, the Arctic Encounter has strategically sought out bold and innovative leaders to come together to think critically and speak candidly beyond the comfort of talking points. There are no limitations to how the Arctic might change or develop in the coming decades. Let us be brave, let us dream, and let us learn from past mistakes."

— Rachel Kallander, Arctic Encounter Founder & Executive Director; Managing Partner, Kallander & Associates LLC

 

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"Since its inception, the Arctic Encounter has strategically sought out bold and innovative leaders to come together to think critically and speak candidly beyond the comfort of talking points. There are no limitations to how the Arctic might change or develop in the coming decades. Let us be brave, let us dream, and let us learn from past mistakes."

— Rachel Kallander, Arctic Encounter Founder & Executive Director; Managing Partner, Kallander & Associates LLC

 

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Quote 4


"It is heartening to see a growing interest in the Arctic in policy circles, but much still needs to be done to help people outside of the Arctic appreciate that the rapid changes in that region are having global impacts. Among the plethora of meetings concerning Arctic issues, the Arctic Encounter Symposia standout as especially well-run opportunities for politicians, economists, scientists, indigenous people, industry and—most importantly—young people to share insights. The Arctic Encounter recognizes the importance of understanding and responding holistically to rapid change in the Arctic and, simultaneously gives strong voice to tomorrow’s leaders."

— Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director, Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH); former Assistant Director for Polar Science, The Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House; former Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Quote 4


"It is heartening to see a growing interest in the Arctic in policy circles, but much still needs to be done to help people outside of the Arctic appreciate that the rapid changes in that region are having global impacts. Among the plethora of meetings concerning Arctic issues, the Arctic Encounter Symposia standout as especially well-run opportunities for politicians, economists, scientists, indigenous people, industry and—most importantly—young people to share insights. The Arctic Encounter recognizes the importance of understanding and responding holistically to rapid change in the Arctic and, simultaneously gives strong voice to tomorrow’s leaders."

— Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director, Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH); former Assistant Director for Polar Science, The Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House; former Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium