Breakout session at the Arctic Circle in Harpa

Saturday, November 1st 2014 (18:00-19:30)

Location: Ríma A, First Level (map)

Organized by the Icelandic-Arctic Chamber of Commerce, Festa - Icelandic Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network in cooperation with the Icelandic Joint Committee on Arctic Affairs, the Arctic Services and the Icelandic Search and Rescue Cluster.

The global significance of the Arctic region is growing, inter alia as a consequence of climate change, accelerated resource development and prospects for increased economic activity for various industrial sectors. A challenge will be to reconcile new or increased economic activity in the region with targets of environmental and cultural sustainability, calling for a responsible leadership in significant industries including in the extractive industries, tourism, fisheries and shipping.

The breakout session on Arctic Commercial Opportunities and Corporate Social Responsibility seeks to bring together various stakeholders to share their experiences and knowledge and to discuss the tools available for a committment to responsible management and business development.


Orri Vigfusson  Photogr  Golli 018Orri Vigfússon, Founder and Chairman of the North-Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF)
Orri Vigfússon Chairman of NASF an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance. For 25 years he has promoted and successfully brokered commercial conservation agreements for wild salmon which now embrace a major part of the North Atlantic range.

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H-C 1Hans Christian Krarup, Director, Golder Associates A/S: Impact Assessment –the Key to Responsible Arctic Development.
Hans Christian, born in Greenland, has a technical background in environmental and civil engineering. Hans Christian is also the Co-Chair of the Arctic Group of World Ocean Council. He is currently involved in oil & gas projects in Arctic as well as other natural resource projects in Greenland. In the recent years he has lead a number of impact assessments for oil & gas and mining projects in the Arctic. A major part of his career has been focused on responsible development, the development of local resources and local capacity building.

howeRobert Howe, Managing Director at Bremenports GmbH & Co: Arctic shipping needs safe and sustainable ports.
Robert Howe was born in 1962. He graduated with a master of science in civil engineering from TU Braunschweig (the Brunswick Institute of Technology) in Germany in 1992. Mr. Howe started his career working for the German building and construction company Philip Holzmann AG in Hannover for around 10 years. In 2002 he changed employment to the German building and construction company Ed. Züblin AG in Bremen and Hamburg. Mr. Howe joined bremenports GmbH, the public owned Ports Management Company of the State of Bremen, as Managing Director in 2012. Bremenports acts as a port authority and runs the infrastructure of the seaports in Bremen/Bremerhaven.

A2014 KolbeinnKolbeinn Árnason, Chief Executive at the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners: Future of fisheries - Level playing field.




Nils-Arne JohnsenNils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director at Rambøll Group: What makes the Arctic future? Three challenges essential for development.
Nils Arne Johnsen has a MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics. He has 15 years of experience in management positions in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, most recently as director of NPRA in Tromsø. The last five years he has worked for Ramboll in several senior positions, the last two years as the Ramboll Group’s Arctic Director from office location in Tromsø, Norway.


Amélie RouleauAmélie Rouleau, Superintendent, Risk Management and Public Affairs at Glencore Raglan Mine: 20 years of engagement for 16 years of operation: Raglan Mine goes beyond the IBA.
Amélie Rouleau holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, from Université du Québec à Montréal, and a postgraduate diploma in Territory and Environment, from Université de Montréal. Employed by Raglan Mine since 2008, Amélie Rouleau is in charge of Community Relations, Public Affairs, and Risk Management since November 2011. Among her duties, she is responsible for managing the Raglan Committee, which is composed of officials of the Makivik Corporation, local Inuit communities and Raglan Mine, and which meets quarterly to discuss matters of interest as well as to share Raglan Mine’s progress in implementation to the concerned stakeholders.
Raised in Iqaluit (Nunavut, Canada), Amélie is well aware of the Arctic's reality, which represents a significant asset when collaborating with Inuit communities.

Closing remarks

Tero Vauraste 300 dpiTero Vauraste, President and CEO of Arctia Group, and Vice Director, Arctic Economic Council: Arctic Economic Council: Human Resources investments ad capacity building and traditional indigenous knowledge.
Mr. Tero Vauraste, 47, is President and CEO of Arctia Group since joining the company in 2009. His educational background includes MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from Leicester University and Naval officer exam from Finnish Naval Academy. He has worked as a vessel master and in several other positions in Finnish Coast Guard. Prior to joining Arctia he has years of experience from top management positions within the traffic service cluster including security and safety, aviation and car rental. He is a member of the Board of Finnish Arctic Society and Finnish Maritime Society. He holds various other positions of trust.

Before the presentations begin, light and relaxing refreshments will be provided.





AC14 Logo OCT31-NOV2 litidThe Arctic Circle is a multi-national; multi-dimensional; and multi-sectoral event where various stakeholders and perspectives share a forum for networking and debate on a variety of issues important in an Arctic as well as a global context. The forum is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. More information about the Arctic Circle can be retrieved from the conference webpage at www.arcticcircle.org

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