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confirmed speakers:

  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate, Alaska
  • The Honorable Aleqa Hammond, Member of the Danish Parliament; former Prime Minister of Greenland
  • Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, State of Alaska
  • Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Department of Energy [Video Message]
  • Governor Paul LePage, State of Maine [Video Message]
  • Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District of Washington State
  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, 7th Congressional District of Washington State
  • Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen, Senior Arctic Official Chair of the Arctic Council - Finland
  • The Honorable Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary of Greenland, Danish Embassy in Washington, DC
  • Vice Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area Defense Force West, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Captain Paul A. Stader, Director, Strategy and Policy Division, N51, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, The Pentagon
  • Mr. Nathaniel Jensen, Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, Analysis & Risk, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Norway [Video Message]
  • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, 1st Congressional District of Maine [Video Message]
  • U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, Alaska [Video Message]
  • Mr. Tero Vauraste, President & CEO of Arctia Ltd.; Chair of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) [Video Message]
  • Rear Admiral Michael McAllister, Commander, Seventeenth District, U.S. Coast Guard
  • 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
  • Commander David Slayton, Executive Director, Arctic Security Working Group, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Ms. Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Dr. Brendan Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
  • Ms. Melanie Bahnke, President & CEO, Kawerak, Inc.; Tribal Member of the Native Village of Savoonga, Alaska
  • Dr. Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Mr. David Balton, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries, U.S. State Department
  • 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
  • Mr. Ben Kellie, CEO, K2 Dronotics
  • Ms. Ramona Monroe, Partner, Oil & Gas, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Mr. Joshua Kindred, Environmental Counsel, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
  • Ms. Mary Catherine McAleer, Government Affairs Director, Association of Washington Business
  • Tony Marzi, General Manager, Praxis, Inc. (A Technology Service Corporation Company)
  • Mr. Ephraim Froehlich, Fisheries, Wildlife and Arctic Policy Advisor, The Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
  • Ms. Kristina Woolston, Vice President of External Affairs, Quintillion
  • Ms. Susie Silook, Siberian Yupik-Inupiaq Carver and Writer, Tribal Member of the Native Village of Gambell, Alaska
  • Mr. Joseph Ahmaogak, Board Chairman, Olgoonik Corporation; Whaling Crew Member from Wainwright, Alaska
  • Ms. Josie Hickel, President, Chugach Commercial Holdings; Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • Ms. Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer, Senior Project Manager, Division of Environmental Health and Engineering, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Mr. Michael Brubaker, Director, Community Environmental Health, Division of Community Health Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Ms. Kara Moriarty, President & CEO, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
  • Mr. Christian Dumard, Arctic Sailboat Race Organizer & Explorer, Round the Pole 2020, Vaimiti Events
  • Ms. Drue Pearce, Deputy Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Mr. David W. Johnston, Regional Supervisor, Office of Leasing and Plans - Alaska, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Ms. Julie Decker, CEO, The Anchorage Museum
  • Ms. Renee Orr, Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Ms. Liz Cravalho, Vice President of External and Government Affairs, NANA Corporation
  • Ms. Greta Schuerch, Senior Government Relations Coordinator, Red Dog Mine / Teck Alaska
  • Mr. David Herman, President, Raffetto Herman Strategic, Seattle
  • Mr. Ward Hinger, CEO, Imaging Associates - Alaska; Telehealth
  • Ms. Kate McWilliams, Arctic Youth Ambassador; Urban Sustainability student & owner of a consignment shop in Bethel
  • Mr. Bob Walsh, Rural Broadband Manager, GCI
  • Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
  • Mr. Kirk Siegler, National Desk Correspondent, Rural America, NPR
  • Commissioner Ryan Calkins, Port of Seattle
  • Ms. Rachel Kallander, Founder & Executive Director, Arctic Encounter; Managing Partner, Kallander & Associates
  • Mr. Delbert Rexford, President & CEO, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation
  • Dr. Herb Schroeder, Founder & Vice Provost, Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
  • Dr. Dwayne Ryan Menezes, Director, Polar Research and Policy Initiative (United Kingdom)
  • Mr. Tony Penikett, Visiting Professor, Simon Fraser University; former Premier of Yukon (Canada)
  • Dr. Heather Nicol, Professor, Trent University (Canada)
  • Mr. Cale Clingenpeel, Managing Director, Arctic Encounter; Partner, Kallander & Associates
  • Mr. Randy "Church" Kee, Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.); Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, University of Alaska
  • Mr. Casey Pape, Board Member, Arctic Encounter; Operations Manager, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
  • Ms. Jennifer Gore Dwyer, Board Member, Arctic Encounter; President, St. George Marine
  • Ms. Laurel Katchatag, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Unalakleet, Alaska
  • Ms. Tasha Elizarde, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Juneau, Alaska
  • Mr. Eben Hopson, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Utqiagvik, Alaska
  • Ms. Shania Wells, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Noorvik, Alaska
  • Ms. Kayla-Jean Booth, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Kotzebue, Alaska
  • Mr. Ben Hunter-Francis, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Marshall, Alaska
  • Mr. Gabe Stenek, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Shishmaref, Alaska
  • Mr. Brian Conwell, Arctic Youth Ambassador from Unalaska, Alaska
  • Ms. Alyssa London, Miss Alaska USA 2017; Founder & Owner of Culture Story
  • Dr. Betsy Baker, Executive Director, North Pacific Research Board
  • Mr. Kaleb Froehlich, Senior Advisor, Arctic Encounter Symposium; Vice President, Cassidy & Associates
  • Mr. Zachary Schulman, Arctic Policy Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Dr. Cheryl Rosa, Deputy Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Mr. Hugh Patkotak Sr., President, Olgoonik Corporation
  • Ms. Meghan Gavin, Member of the Board of Directors, Arctic Encounter; Attorney, Cascadia Law Group PLLC
  • Mr. Scott Habberstad, Director of Sales & Community Marketing, Alaska Airlines
  • Mr. Jay Manning, Partner, Cascadia Law Group PLLC
  • Ms. Molly McCammon, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Dr. Olivia Lee, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Mayor Richard Beneville, Nome, Alaska
  • Mr. Tim McMahan, Partner, Climate Change Initiative Lead, Stoel Rives LLP, Arctic Encounter Platinum Sponsor & Co-Host
  • Ms. Amy Holman, Alaska Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Ms. Megan Suksraq Alvanna-Stimpfle, Founder & Principal Strategist, Arctic Geopolitical Consulting
  • Mr. Jason Berry, Managing Director of Cargo Operations, Alaska Airlines
  • Ms. Diana Birkett Rakow, Vice President of External Relations, Alaska Airlines; Arctic Encounter Platinum Sponsor & Co-Host
  • Mr. Steve Wackowski, Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Ms. Megan Baldino, Senior Director of External Affairs, GCI

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Quote 1


"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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Quote 2


"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

 

Quote 3


 

"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

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"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