Speakers

Hosting speakers, such as scientists and researchers, is a great complement to the special exhibit Arctic Voices.

Dr. Andrew Derocher
Polar Bear Researcher

Dr. Andrew Derocher is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is a member and past chair of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia (1983), a M.Sc. from the University of Alberta (1987), and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta (1991). His field research focuses on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and Hudson Bay. He has also worked with polar bears in Svalbard, Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute. Over the course of more than 30 years studying polar bears, Dr. Derocher's research has focused on the limiting and regulating factors of polar bear populations including habitat use, harvest effects, and predator-prey relationships. His current work includes assessment of the effects of climate change and toxic chemicals on polar bears. He is the author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior.

Contact information:
Phone: (780) 492-5570
Cell: (780) 919-2975
derocher@ualberta.ca

Geoff Green
Arctic Explorer and Environmental Educator

Educator, social entrepreneur and adventurer, Geoff Green is the founder of Students on Ice. Since 1999, this award-winning educational program has taken over 2,600 students, educators, scientists, artists, elders, musicians and prominent leaders from around the world on educational and experiential expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. The goal of this pioneering project is to provide the world's youth with a heightened understanding and respect for the planet.

Geoff has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. Most notably, in December 2012 he was appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada and in June 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University.

Geoff is a passionate ambassador for the Polar Regions and inspires and motivates groups of all ages with his tales of adventure, incredible visuals and personal observations on topics such as leadership, vision, teamwork, climate change and the power of youth. A charismatic and entertaining leader, Geoff's presentation's are educational, inspirational and unforgettable.

Contact information:
(866) 336-6423
expedition@studentsonice.com

Steve Kokelj, PhD
Permafrost Scientist, NWT Geoscience Office, Government of the Northwest Territories

Steve Kokelj is a permafrost scientist. For a decade and a half, he has lived in Yellowknife and conducted permafrost research in the Canadian North. His studies have contributed to understanding permafrost conditions in the western Arctic and North Slave regions, and the impacts of permafrost thaw on infrastructure, and terrestrial and aquatic systems. He has been recognized for an ongoing commitment to communication of results to northern residents, to agencies involved in environmental assessment and regulation, and to the scientific community. Steve led several multidisciplinary projects and provides a unique northern scientific perspective and a liaison role between the researchers, northern communities, project proponents and regulators.

Contact Information:
(867) 765-6610
steve_kokelj@gov.nt.ca

Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Full Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. He has been a permafrost researcher for more than 35 years, working in the Canadian High Arctic, the Mackenzie Valley and Delta, the Yukon, Labrador, northern Norway, Svalbard and Antarctica. In the past decade, his major interests have been in the distribution and characteristics of permafrost and the impacts of climate and other environmental changes. He is collaborating with the Yukon Research Centre on project to map hazards associated with projected changes in permafrost for Yukon communities. He was editor for six years of Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, the premier international journal in the field, and is currently President of the International Permafrost Association. His best public lecture title to date is Why thawing permafrost is like defrosting a turkey.

Contact information:
(613) 562-5705
deanarts@uottawa.ca
alewkowi@uottawa.ca

David Lickley
Filmmaker

David Lickley is a scientist-turned-filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Alberta and over 40 nature films and science documentaries to his credit. His interest in natural history has led to a strong conservation ethic in many of his films and a desire to bring wildlife and other science related topics to a wider audience through IMAX and other large format media. From 1984 to 2012, Lickley was the Director of Large Format Films at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario and directed several large format films including Gold Fever, Bears, Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, Mysteries of the Great Lakes and Born to be Wild 3D. Lickley started his own production company, Lickley Productions in June of 2012 and in 2014 released his 6th large-format film for the IMAX® screen, Wonders of the Arctic, in association with Science North and Giant Screen Films.

Contact information:
(705) 522-2488
lickley@sciencenorth.ca

Dr. Martin Nweeia
Dentist / Marine Mammal Biologist

Dr. Martin T. Nweeia is principal investigator for Narwhal Tusk Research, an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration to determine the purpose and function of the erupted tusk of the narwhal. Dr. Nweeia has led four High Arctic expeditions and collaborated on nine others with Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, carrying the "flag" from the Explorers Club, World Center for Exploration on eight expeditions. Dr. Nweeia is a general dentist, instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and a research associate in the Department of Mammalogy at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and in the Marine Mammal Program at the Smithsonian Institution. He is a National Science Foundation scientist receiving grants from the Office of Polar Research and from the Neural Systems Cluster of the Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems. Sanctioned by the International Polar Year Scientific Committee, Dr. Nweeia was selected in 2007 as one of the pioneering Arctic scientists to speak at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science's Philip Hauge Abelson Advancing Science Seminar for the "New Horizons in Polar Science" to describe his unique approach to solving a 500-year-old scientific enigma using Inuit traditional knowledge and scientific methodology.

Contact information:
(860) 364-0800
martin_nweeia@hsdm.harvard.edu

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Watt-Cloutier has been a political representative for Inuit at the regional, national and international levels, most recently as International Chair for Inuit Circumpolar Council (formerly the Inuit Circumpolar Conference). Watt-Cloutier has worked on a range of social and environmental issues affecting Inuit, and has most recently focused on persistent organic pollutants and climate change. She has played a pioneering role in linking climate change to human rights. She has received numerous awards and honours for her work, and has been featured in a number of documentaries and profiled by journalists from all media.

Contact information:
Aubrey Chapnick
(416) 345-1559 ext.207
aubrey@speakers.ca

Richard Weber
Arctic and polar explorer, guide, author, host and storyteller

Richard Weber first stepped on to the Arctic Ocean in 1986. Since then, during his seven North Pole (and two South Pole expeditions), he has logged more time walking on the ice than anyone in history. His personal system of goal-setting and preparation that lead to the achievement of world firsts in polar exploration can be transferred to the corporate world. His expedition stories are unique, but perhaps what is more remarkable is his first hand view of climate change. Based on his personal observations, the Arctic Ocean is a completely different place today than it was twenty five years ago. Equally striking is the fact that during the fifteen summers he has been at Arctic Watch Lodge in the High Arctic, the environment has also changed. While we hear in the media that the world's climate is changing, it is hard to see it in our day to day lives.

Contact information:
(819) 459-1794
mail@canadianarcticholidays.ca