SOI joins Emerging Leaders program & Arctic Frontiers

In the lead-up to 2018 Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway, young professionals from around the world are participating in the “Emerging Leaders’ program from 17 – 23 January 2018. This is a program designed to connect young professionals and PhD/Post Doc students with representatives from academia, business and the public sector under the 2018 Arctic Frontiers’ theme of “Connecting the Arctic”. We are thrilled that SOI’s Shirley Manh is one of only six Canadians participating in this year’s Emerging Leaders program. Shirley will also attend the upcoming Arctic Frontiers conference, which launches on January 21.

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About the Emerging Leaders program

Thirty selected candidates from different countries will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express “Hurtigruten” and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. To explore the marine resources and potential in the Lofoten Islands, a stopover will be made in Svolvær. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program.

The Emerging Leader program is linked to the topic of Arctic Frontiers 2018 “Connecting the Arctic” and includes the following sessions:

Session 1: Politics and Security in the High North
Session 2: Technology Development and Arctic Business
Session 3: Connecting the Arctic
Session 4: Workshop, preparing a presentation

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SOI’s Shirley Manh and Canadian Ambassador to Norway, Artur Wilczynski at launch of 2018 Emerging Leaders program in Norway.


About Arctic Frontiers 2018

January 21-26, 2018, Tromsø, Noway

In a world of increasing turmoil the Arctic is still a place for collaboration and peaceful communication. In maintaining peaceful relations across borders in the north the encompassing science collaboration has been particular important. The vast ocean that represents the bulk of the arctic area carries large potentials, but also threats. As increasingly larger parts of it will be utilized, how do we communicate and conduct search and rescue. And more importantly, how do we secure productive and healthy oceans. Sustainable development of the ocean is of particular importance in this matter. Sustainable business development is also key in securing resilient arctic societies. Connecting these societies together and closer to the rest of the world’s ideas, knowledge, technology and capital is an issue of special importance at Arctic Frontiers Policy in 2018.

Read more on the Arctic Frontiers website.

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