Canada’s North Beyond 2011, a two-day conference organized by The Conference Board of Canada, to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Oct 11–13, 2011, will assess and debate the critical challenges and opportunities in Canada’s North.

The conference is designed to be Canada’s preeminent event on the North, engaging a wide range of community, business, and Aboriginal leaders and representatives from local, regional, and national government to collaborate on three critical aspects of northern prosperity and sustainability — thriving communities, economic development, and sovereignty and security.

The full schedule of speakers has been released online and includes:

  • Pita Aatami, President, Makivik Corporation
  • Michael Byers, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
  • Clement Chartier, President, Metis National council
  • Clint Davis, President of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Charles Emmerson, Author and Geopolitical Specialist, former Associate Director of the World Economic Forum
  • Paul Flaherty, President and CEO, Northwestel Inc.
  • Kelly Lendsay, President, Aboriginal Human Resource Council
  • The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister, Founder, Martin Aboriginal Initiative
  • Her Worship Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit
  • The Honourable Floyd Roland, Premier, Northwest Territories
  • Gabriela Sparling, Deputy Minister, Northwest Territories Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

Deborah will attend as a participant to share her expertise related to adaptation and climate change, to network on behalf of ACT, and to gain more knowledge about priorities for economic development with environmental sustainability, and how to support strong and resilient communities.

The conference has a range of registration fees to encourage wide participation, with early bird prices in effect until August 12, 2011. See the Canada’s North Beyond 2011 website for further details.