World Trade Center Alaska hosted Arctic Ambitions III: Commercial Development of the Arctic on February 27th and 28th, 2014 at The Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska. This once-a-year event uniquely focuses on business and investment opportunities flowing from developments in the Arctic. As Alaska and the world looks North to the Future, we facilitated this important dialogue to explore commercial opportunities and make valuable connections with potential partners and customers.

Leading international players with a vested interest in the commercial development of the Arctic presented at the conference.

Among the featured presenters were:

- Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Finnish Ambassador to the U.S.
- Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission,
- Hilde Janne Skorpen, Norwegian Consul General
- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (via video)
- U.S. Senator Mark Begich (via videoconference)


The covered topics included fisheries, natural resources, infrastructure development, transportation, telecommunications, tourism, investments, with companies in Alaska and around the Arctic making presentations on the first day, February 27th.

The following day featured a half-day focus on the unique business model of the Alaska Native Corporations: their presentations showed how they have built a story of success in the Arctic and what they see for the future development of their own backyard.

Click on the links below to view the presentations:

Fran Ulmer, USARC Chair
"Can science help us find the balance between large scale development, resilient communities and healthy ecosystems in the Arctic?"

Andrey Bondarev, Deputy Head, Economic Office, Embassy of the Russian Federation in the U.S.
“Arctic: Russia’s perspective”

Jack Hebert, CEO, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks
“CCHRC's research and demonstration of healthy, energy efficient and affordable housing for people of the North”

Jillian Simpson, Director of Membership & Tourism Policy, Alaska Travel Industry Association
“Tourism in Alaska’s Arctic”

Gunnar Knapp, Director and Professor of Economics, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska
“Arctic Fisheries: Opportunities and Policy Issues”

Dan Graham, President, Alaska Coal Association
"Alaska Coal Resources - State of the State's Coal Industry"

Tero Vauraste, CEO, Arctia Shipping (Finland)
“Key Strategies and Technologies for Safe Arctic Shipping”

Isaak Hurst, Attorney, International Maritime Group (Seattle)
“Charter Party Agreements”

Mark Smith, CEO, Vitus Marine (Alaska)
“Western Alaska Port Development”

Sean Thomas, V.P. Western Alaska, Crowley Maritime (Alaska)
“Crowley, 60 years in Alaska”

Bruce Sexauer, Civil Works Planning Chief, US Corps of Engineers
"Alaska Deep Draft Arctic Port Study"

Captain Paul Mehler III, US Coast Guard
“Coast Guard Sector Anchorage”

Devon Grennan, CEO, Global Diving and Salvage (Alaska)
“Increased Marine Traffic in the Arctic: Preparing for the future”

Jana DaSilva Lage, Account Manager, Quantum Spatial
“The Importance of Mapping in Alaska”

Patrick Cotter, Planning and GIS Leader, PDC Engineers:
”Transportation Planning in a Changing Arctic”

Elizabeth Pierce, CEO, Quintillion (Alaska)
“How do we improve the cost and availability of communication services in the Arctic?”

Sergei Kuzminitsky, President, Kamchatka Krai Chamber of Commerce and Industry(Russia)
“Revitalizing the business partnership traditions between Russia and America in the development of the Arctic. The role of individuals in the development of economic interrelations between Kamchatka and Alaska”

Mark Dudley, Manager, Air Russia
"Air Company Yakutiya"

Greta Schuerch, Corporate & Public Policy Liaison, NANA
"An Arctic People"

Christine Klein, EVP/COO, Calista
"Calista Corporation"

Anthony Edwardsen, CEO, UIC
"The Arctic - Our Home, Our Business"

Ron Philemonoff, CEO, TDX
"TDX and St.Paul Island. Gateway to Alaska's Arctic"

Hugh Patkotak, CEO, Olgoonik
"Climate Change for Investment"

Click here to read about Arctic Ambitions I (2012)
Click here to read about Arctic Ambitions II (2013)

We Would Like to Thank Our Sponsors:

- Shell
- Arctia Shipping
- Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC)
- Pt Capital
- Olgoonik Corporation
- Port of Seward
- Tanadgusix Corporation (TDX)
- PDC Engineers
- Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC
- Statoil
- Air Russia




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