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Meet & Greet/Ice breaker (Monday, December 1, 2014)

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Meet & Greet: Koojesse Room, Frobisher Inn

Emcee Conference Chair – Pauloosie Suvega

Remarks – Premier Peter Taptuna & NTI President Cathy Towtongie (invited)

Day 1: Setting the Stage (Tuesday December 2, 2014)

8:45  AM- 9:15 AM: Introductions & Review of Agenda

Conference Chair, Facilitator, and Participant Introductions

Conference Chair

  • Pauloosie Suvega, Deputy Minister EDT

Conference Facilitators

  • Brian McLeod & Dal Brodhead, Imaituk Consulting

 9:15 AM – 10:10 AM: Conference Introduction “Parnaqatigiit – Planning Ahead Together:  Sustaining Economic Growth for Community Well-Being.”

Keynote Speaker

  • Honourable George Kuksuk, Minister EDT

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM: Health Break – Sponsored by NEAS

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Breakout Groups: Identification of Participant Expectations

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch (Provided) – Sponsored by Kakivak Association

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Summary of Roundtables, Outlook Information & Research

 The NEF has been conducting research since 2012 in preparation for the Sivummut IV Conference and for writing the new Economic Development Strategy. A series of Roundtables were held in Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit, and Ottawa. NEF also launched an online survey, held public meetings, reviewed NEDS I, and completed the 2013 Nunavut Economic Outlook. These efforts have produced a rich store of information that has improved our knowledge of Nunavut‘s challenges and opportunities and will inform our conversations throughout this conference. This session will cover the highlights of what we have learned.


  • Colleen Dupuis, Executive Director, Nunavut Tourism
  • Rowena House, Executive Director, Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
  • Sylvie Renaud, Director General, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM: Health Break –  Sponsored by NEAS

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Changing Social & Economic Environment – Progress And Change Since NEDS1 – Panel Discussion

In 2003, Nunavut’s economy was in a state of decline. Apart from expanding government services, many sectors of the economy were languishing or were in a very early stage of development. But we knew Nunavut was a land rich with economic potential, so much of the focus for the first Strategy was on establishing the foundations from which Nunavut’s economy could reach its potential. Since then, Nunavut’s economy has seen substantial improvements. After a decade of investing in its foundations, the economy now has roots in the sectors identified in the original strategy, bringing jobs, money, and people to the territory. Making sure the new wealth and prosperity reaches all Nunavummiut is the single most important challenge for Nunavut today. This session reviews the changes we have witnessed and sets the stage for addressing our future.


  • Rhoda Katsak, Director Community Operations – Qikiqtaaluk, EDT
  • Laura Mackenzie, Regional Director – Kivalliq, EDT
  • Dustin Fredlund, Regional Director – Kitikmeot, EDT
  • Ed McKenna, Director, Poverty Reduction

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Breakout Groups: Discussion on changes since NEDS1

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Review of Day 1 and closing comments

Day 2: Addressing the Key Challenges (Wednesday, December 3, 2014)

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome and overview for day

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM How Economic Growth Can Help Create Community Prosperity (panel)

There has been tremendous economic growth in mining, fisheries, tourism and construction over the past 10 years. This session hears from these industries, as well as the Arts and Crafts sector who are working to ensure communities benefit directly from their growth, and looks at future economic drivers for the next 10 years. This session focuses on how economic growth has helped communities develop.


  • Adamie Itorcheak – Executive Director, Baffin Fisheries Coalition
  • Joe Tigullaraq – Northern Affairs Manager, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
  • Darrin Nichol – President, Nunavut Development Corporation
  • John Main – Business Development Officer, Kitikmeot Inuit Association/Kitikmeot Corporation

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Health Break – Sponsored by QIA

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Breakout Groups: Economic Growth and Community Prosperity 

11:00 AM – 11:45: Education and Skills: Potentials and Gaps Presentation

There are enough jobs in Nunavut to employ most, if not all unemployed Nunavummiut. Yet unemployment remains a huge challenge in Nunavut. Many people who could be working have dropped out of school and are not working at levels of literacy or numeracy that would allow them to qualify for skilled work. High school completion rates in Nunavut are 35-40 per cent, compared with an average of 88 per cent in southern Canada. The low levels of education are limiting the size and extent of benefits flowing from the opportunities emerging throughout the economy. The education deficit in most Nunavut communities has created a shortfall of workers able to take on anything other than entry-level jobs, and poses a great challenge for Nunavut residents: How can Nunavut increase levels of employment, given the education deficit?


  • Peter Ma, President, Nunavut Arctic College

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch (Provided) – Sponsored by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Breakout Groups: Education and Skills

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Economic Development for Communities (panel)

A key challenge for the next 10 years will be to ensure that a majority of Nunavummiut benefit from future economic growth. What must we do to ensure we are using economic growth opportunities so everyone has a chance to achieve a sustainable and higher quality of life? This session focuses on ensuring communities benefit from future economic growth.


  • Claire Kines, EDO Arctic Bay
  • Keith Collier, EDO Arviat
  • Trevor Attungala, EDO Baker Lake (Invited)

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Health Break

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Breakout Groups: Economic Development for Communities

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Review of Day 2 and closing comments


Day 3: Moving Forward (Thursday, December 4, 2014)

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM: Summary of Key Themes

Review of key themes as discussed on Day 2 to guide the day’s conversation.


  • Colleen Dupuis, Executive Director, Nunavut Tourism
  • Madeleine D’Argencourt, Executive Director, Nunavut Association of Municipalities

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM: Developing a NEDS2 Strategy

Nunavut has seen tremendous economic growth and social change since the first Strategy was written. These changes have shown us that improvements in quality of life of all Nunavummiut is needed, but we know that this cannot occur without continued economic growth. The next Strategy will have to find a balance between these two needs. And in doing so, the Strategy will become a invaluable guide in the development of our territory. 


  • Pauloosie Suvega, Deputy Minister, EDT
  • Graeme Clinton, Impact Economics

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM: Health Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM:  Breakout Groups: Developing a NEDS2 Strategy 

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch (provided)

1:15 PM – 2:15:  Developing a NEDS2 Strategy – Break Out Group Discussion (cont’d)

2:15  –  3:00 PM: Developing a NEDS2 Strategy – Final Discussion

 3:00 PM:  Closing Remarks

  • Sylvie Renaud – Government of Canada
  • Bernie MacIsaac – Government of Nunavut
  • James Arreak – Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Closing Dinner with Keynote Speaker (Baffin Room – Frobisher Inn)

  • Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut 
  • Honourable George Kuksuk, Minister, Economic Development & Transportation