Third Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium - January 15-16, 2016



The third annual Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) in Seattle, Washington convened policymakers, industry leaders, and leading experts to confront the leading issues in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. The two-day program included two keynote luncheons, 6 expert plenary sessions, 8 break out session panels, 5 reports, a networking cocktail reception and seated dinner. A closing reception also took place at the conclusion of the program. 

As the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States, the AES mission is to raise awareness, engage challenges, and develop solutions for the future of a region and a people. 


  • Exclusive tour of the USCG HEALY Icebreaker on the afternoon of January 14, 2016.
  • To learn more about the USCG HEALY Icebreaker and her recent missions to the Arctic and to the north pole, please click here.


  • Registration & Continental Breakfast - University of Washington 
  • Expert Plenary Sessions & Reports - University of Washington
  • Keynote Luncheon - University of Washington
  • Cocktail Reception & Seated Three Course Dinner with Keynote Address - Museum of History and Industry on South Lake Union


  • Registration & Continental Breakfast - University of Washington 
  • Expert Plenary Sessions & Reports - University of Washington
  • Keynote Luncheon - University of Washington
  • Break Out Sessions & Presentations - University of Washington
  • Closing Reception - University of Washington


  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski – Alaska, Chairman, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee; Co-Chair, Senate Arctic Caucus
  • U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell – Washington, Ranking Member, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
  • Admiral Robert J. PappSpecial Representative for the Arctic, United States State Department; former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Pacific Area Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Defense Force West, United States Coast Guard
  • Major General Burton K. Francisco, Special Assistant to the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command (NORAD-USNORTHCOM)
  • Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, State of Alaska
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray - Washington [Video Message]          
  • U.S. Senator Angus King - Maine [Video Message]
  • Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Commander, 17th United States Coast Guard District - Alaska
  • Dr. Tom Wagner, Program Scientist for the Cryosphere, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Beth Kerttula, Director, National Ocean Policy, The Executive Office of the President
  • Joel Clement, Director, Office of Policy Analysis, Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Interior
  • Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  • Melanie Bahnke, President & CEO, Kawerak, Inc.; Tribal Member of the Native Village of Savoonga, Alaska
  • Dr. Brendan KellyExecutive Director, SEARCH; former Assistant Director for Polar Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House; former Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States
  • Dr. James Kendall, Regional Director, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Senator Lesil McGuire, Alaska State Legislature, Co-Chair of the Senate Special Committee on the Arctic      
  • Mikå Mered, Managing Partner, POLARISK; President, French Polar Cluster; Executive Producer, Arctic Encounter Paris 2015
  • Rachel Kallander, Managing Partner, Kallander & Associates; Founder & Executive Director, Arctic Encounter Symposium
  • Representative Bob Herron, Alaska State Legislature, Chair of the House Economic Development, Tourism & Arctic Policy Committee 
  • Dean Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
  • Dr. Don PerovichProfessor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • Dr. Ted Schuur, Professor of Ecosystem Ecology, Center for Ecosystem Sciences and Society, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
  • Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Emeritus Scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
  • Dr. Henry Huntington, Owner, Huntington Consulting
  • Dr. David Driscoll, Director & Associate Professor, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska
  • Greta Schuerch, Corporate & Public Policy Liaison, NANA Regional Corporation, Tribal Member of the Native Village of Kiana, Alaska
  • Mayor Shirley Marquardt, City of Unalaska, Alaska
  • Tom Ekegren, Operations Manager, Arctia Offshore Ltd.
  • Tina Pidgeon, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Senior Vice President, GCI
  • Tara M. Sweeney, Executive Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; Chair of the Arctic Economic Council
  • Dr. Jeremy Mathis, Director, Arctic Research Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Gerrit Wesselink, Executive Director, Youth Arctic Coalition; Community Architect, Matters Canada
  • Craig Fleener, Arctic Policy Advisor, State of Alaska
  • Joy Baker, Port Director, City of Nome, Alaska
  • Nikoosh Carlo, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the SAO Chair, U.S. Department of State
  • Kaleb Froehlich, Vice President, Cassidy & Associates; Senior Consultant to the Arctic Encounter Symposia
  • Richard Glenn, Executive Vice President, Land & Natural Resources, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
  • Linda Leary, President, Fairweather, LLC; Deadhorse Aviation Center, LLC
  • Captain Jason Hamilton, Commanding Officer, USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20)
  • Terzah Tippin Poe, Partner, TRIO Global Solutions; Lecturer, International Environmental Governance, Policy, and Science, Harvard University
  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Alaska Dispatch News; Co-Founder, The Arctic Circle
  • Mead Treadwell, Chairman, Arctic Circle Task Force on Shipping and Ports; President, PT Capital
  • Craig H. Allen Sr., Judson Falknor Professor of Law; Director, UW Arctic Law & Policy Institute, University of Washington School of Law
  • Todd Wildermuth, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Washington School of Law


  • Drue Pearce, Senior Policy Advisor, Crowell Moring LLP
  • Rex A. Rock, Sr., President, Arctic Inupiat Offshore, LLC
  • Christine Resler, General Manager, Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Alaska
  • Rick Fox, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Edison Chouest Offshore, Alaska
  • Andrew VanderJack, Associate, Van Ness Feldman LLP
  • Michael Catsi, Director - Business Development & Communications, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Qualluq Liz Cravalho, Senior Director, Community & Government Affairs, NANA Regional Corporation
  • Gordon Brower, Deputy Director, Planning & Community Services, North Slope Borough, Alaska
  • Tadas Kisielius, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP
  • Captain Kathleen A. Duignan, Director, Emerging Policy Staff and Senior Arctic Policy Advisor, United States Coast Guard
  • Captain John Dwyer, Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection, Sector Puget Sound, United States Coast Guard
  • Commander Dale Bateman, Assistant Director, Pacific Maritime Institute
  • Olivier Faury, Ph.D. Candidate, KEDGE Business School, France
  • Thomas M. Leschine, Ph.D., Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Amy A. Merten, Ph.D., Chair, Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR), Arctic Council Working Group; Chief, Spatial Data Branch/Assessment and Restoration Division, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
  • Devon Thorsell, M.M.A., University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Dr. Noёl Bakhtian, Senior Fellow, Office of Science & Technology Policy; Executive Secretary, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, The Executive Office of the President
  • Willie Goodwin, Chair, Arctic Waterways Safety Committee
  • Molly McCammon, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Dr. Martin Robards, Arctic Beringia Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Michael LeVine, Pacific Senior Counsel, Oceana
  • Lois Epstein, P.E., Engineer & Arctic Program Director, The Wilderness Society
  • Casey Pape, Research Captain & Scientist, Montague Marine Research LLC
  • Ashley Ahearn, Environment Reporter, KUOW
  • Sarah Betcher, Ethnographic Filmmaker, Center for Documentary Film & the Institute for Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Owner, Farthest North Films
  • Christine Germano, Artistic Director, Portraits of Resilience Project, Many Strong Voices / Constant Arts Society
  • Dr. Lilian Alessa, Director, The Center for Resilient Communities (CRC), University of Idaho; Co-Director, The Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Alaska Adapting to a Changing Environment, University of Alaska; Community Based Observing Networks and Systems (CBONS), Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC)
  • Dr. Cathy Cahill, Director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration; CEO, Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, Geophysical Institute – University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Barbara Johnson-Schumacher, Associate Director-Development, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, Geophysical Institute - University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Greg Foscue, General Manager, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, Geophysical Institute - University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Brian Prange, General Manager, Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex
  • Eyal Saiet, Program Manager, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, Geophysical Institute - University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Doug MacCourt, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Denali Daniels, President & CEO, Denali Daniels Associates, Inc.; Former Energy Program Manager, Denali Commission