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ArcticNet

$146.2 million for 2003-25
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ArcticNet

Number of partners
220

Partner contributions
$276.1 million

Headquarters
Université Laval, Québec, Quebec

Scientific Directors
Philippe Archambault
Philippe Archambault

Jackie Dawson
Jackie Dawson

Executive Director
Christine Barnard
Christine Barnard

Board chair (Interim)
Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas

Working towards a sustainable and prosperous North


The opportunity

The circumpolar North is in the midst of an era of transformation. For Canada, climate change, industrialization and modernization are changing the North, affecting people, the natural environment, resources and ecosystems in new and challenging ways. In the next few years, governments will face policy decisions in the Arctic. These decisions will have an immense impact on the lives and livelihoods of northern communities, the health and survival of plants and animals, the development and use of natural resources, and the protection of Canada’s land and water. To make evidence-informed decisions, Canada needs robust research, strong connections with northern knowledge-holders, and effective collaboration between communities, researchers, governments and industry.

How ArcticNet is seizing the opportunity

ArcticNet represents Canada’s largest commitment to date to explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change and modernization on the Canadian North. Since 2004, ArcticNet has established the research, connections and experience to understand the challenges the North faces. Through a network of partnerships, ArcticNet is transforming how research is conducted in the North with inclusive research conducted with and by northerners. With its refreshed science program, the Network offers services and initiatives that include:

  • Enabling northern communities to lead their own research through the new ground-breaking NORTH BY NORTH Program;
  • Combining multi-disciplinary scientific knowledge and local expertise to generate assessments and recommend how to adapt to change through the Integrated Regional Impact Studies (IRIS) and its new portal for knowledge mobilization;
  • Promoting Canadian Arctic science excellence around the world with the SATELLITE Program.

Among the results:

  • Since 2004, ArcticNet has trained 2264 HQP including 1388 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (more than 56% women). ArcticNet is redesigning a training toolbox to cultivate soft skills and nurture professional development for the 1000 HQP currently training with the Network.
  • Currently ArcticNet is funding over 175 researchers (more than 45% women) on 35 current projects at 33 universities Canada-wide. The Network is pursuing new and exciting research partnerships with northern industry, in particular with the emerging Arctic Blue Economy based on fisheries, shipping and tourism.
  • The Network has completed 144 projects, and published more than 15 000 papers on Arctic and Northern issues. ArcticNet is developing the Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) Portal, ground-breaking new online technologies to facilitate the mobilization and transfer of the vast volume of science and northern expertise acquired by ArcticNet and its partners.
  • As part of its ongoing engagement with decision-makers and leaders, ArcticNet is informing government on the management and preservation of key harvested species such as the Arctic charr and caribou, as well as on the management of drinking water supplies, among the most acute emerging issues in the North.
  • The Network is engaging 60 Indigenous partners in 48 communities in all provinces and territories. As part of the ongoing work with, by and for northern communities, a fifth Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS) covering western subarctic continental Canada and its northern First Nations and Metis communities.

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Events
December 7-10, 2020
Features
Taking action now to safeguard Canada's Arctic
April 17, 2014
Climate change is rapidly transforming the Arctic and drawing increasing attention to the region’s global and geopolitical importance. Local communities, policymakers, regulators and industry need a solid foundation of science and traditional knowledge to address these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. Read more
Building Canada's Strengths: Oceans R&D
April 17, 2014
Canada is a global steward of the sea, with three world-class science clusters (British Columbia, Quebec and Atlantic Canada) and the longest coastline in the world. A recent Council of Canadian Academies report concluded that coordination across jurisdictions and disciplines is critical to maintaining this leadership position. The NCE has been doing exactly that since funding the first national network in this sector in 2003. Read more
The NCE highlights the important contributions of the social sciences and humanities at Congress 2013
June 10, 2013
Research into human thought and behaviour is an essential part of successful innovation and addressing the complex challenges facing Canadians. Read more about how unique contributions from the social sciences and humanities help NCE-funded networks and centres address the full scope of their mandates. Read more
New evidence helps Canada prepare for a changing Arctic
April 19, 2013
The ArcticNet NCE’s newest Integrated Regional Impact Study will help officials in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut, and the federal government, develop informed policies to improve quality of life, safeguard the environment and facilitate sustainable development in a warming Arctic. Read more
Videos
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Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 - Week Recap
February 3, 2020
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Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 - Week Recap
December 20, 2018
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Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 - Week Recap
December 15, 2017
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Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 - Week Recap
January 4, 2017
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Arctic Change 2014 - Day 5
December 16, 2014
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Arctic Change 2014 - Day 4
December 16, 2014
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Arctic Change 2014 - Day 3
December 16, 2014
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Arctic Change 2014 - Day 1 and 2
December 16, 2014