00:00 - Intro, Organizers and Sponsors
0:13 - Introduction, Jasmine Lyn (WIRE)
1:01 - Message from Governor General Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
2:18 - Women in Renewable Energy Introduction, Jasmine Lyn (WIRE)
5:41 - Embla Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
8:15 - David Hik, Chief Scientist, Polar Knowledge, Canada, Chair
9:29 - Opening Remarks, Jeannette Menzies, Ambassador of Canada to Iceland
14:53 - Clarence Synard, President & CEO - NCC Investment Group Inc., "Highlighting the technical and physical challenges of constructing energy infrastructure in remote communities in Canada"
23:01 - Jennifer Spence, Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council, "Development and overcoming remoteness for Arctic communities. Addressing energy issues within the context of the Arctic Council"
28:48 - Mads Qvist Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council, "Renewable energy in remote areas. Financing the mechanisms and frameworks for remote communities to be able to implement new technology"
37:38 - Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðarson, Managing Director, Vistorka, "Energy transition in Grímsey in North Iceland"
45:00 - Tonje Johansen, Saami Council, "Green colonialism. Global sustainable development and climate change and some impacts and realities the Indigenous Peoples face in the Arctic"
51:55 - Eryn Stewart, Indigenous Clean Energy
59:11 - Q&As
1:25:49 - Closing Remarks, Joanna Osawe, President and CEO of WiRE
Climate change poses challenges worldwide with observable impacts on both natural and social systems as well as infrastructures in all regions. Specifically in the North such challenges include the melting of permafrost and increased flooding which has implications for energy security and green energy advancement, pointedly in remote areas.
In addition to changes in climate, complex physical barriers such as harsh weather and ice conditions, remoteness and high transportation costs are but a few of the challenges that Arctic communities face in securing energy production and supply.
These complications have resulted in continued widespread use of fossil fuels such as diesel oil, heavy fuel oil and coal as stable sources of energy for power plants that can operate in cold climates. With more pressure to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impacts of the energy sector, renewable energies such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal provide important alternatives to more traditional energy sources. Successful development and adoption of clean energy in remote areas requires a higher degree of innovation and support by both the public and private sector.
Jeannette Menzies, Ambassador of Canada to Iceland
Chair: David Hik, Chief Scientist, Polar Knowledge, Canada
Jennifer Spence, Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council
Clarence Synard, President & CEO - NCC Investment Group Inc.
Mads Qvist Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council
Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðarson, Managing Director, Vistorka
Tonje Johansen, Saami Council
Eryn Stewart, Indigenous Clean Energy
Joanna Osawe, President and CEO of WiRE
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