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Northwest Canada Consultations-May 2016

In May 2016, the ABoVE team co-sponsored workshops with POLAR Knowledge Canada and the governments of Northwest Territories and Yukon. Participants included US and Canadian researchers, aboriginal organizations and governments, and representatives from industry and non-governmental organizations. The objectives were:

  • identify key management/research needs and questions
  • exchange information on ongoing and planned research and monitoring
  • solicit feedback on the POLAR Operational Science Plan and planned ABoVE activities
  • discuss best practices for engaging and including communities and Indigenous Knowledge holders in research/monitoring activities
  • explore collaboration opportunities in the context of ongoing monitoring and research and management/research questions

Prior to the Yellowknife and Whitehorse meetings, ABoVE and POLAR representatives met with Canadian Forest Service researchers and managers in Edmonton, AB. Details and presentations for each meeting can be found in the navigation above.

Points of Contact:    
Edmonton: Yellowknife: Whitehorse:
Catherine Ste-Marie
Climate Change Science Coordinator
National Capital Region
Science Program Branch
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E4
Phone: (613) 868-7962

Kelvin Hirsch
Director, Climate Change and Forests Research Program
Northern Forestry Centre
Edmonton, AB, T6H 3S5
Phone: (780) 435-7319
Andrew Applejohn
Senior Science Advisor
Environment and Natural Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 3S8
Phone: 867-920-6476

Donald McLennan
Lead Science Officer
Polar Knowledge Canada
Ottawa, ON K1R7X7
Phone: 613-295-6135
Dr. Aynslie Ogden
Senior Science Advisor 
Executive Council Office 
Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6  
Phone: 867.667.5431