Friday June 12th 2015 at École nationale d’administration publique, Katia Opalka, a partner at Lavery practicing in the areas of environmental and aboriginal law, will take part in a roundtable gathering of experts from different fields, all having a marked interest in the future of the Arctic. Participants at this meeting, organized by Centre interuniversitaire sur les relations internationales Canada et du Québec, will exchange views with Admiral Robert J. Papp, the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic.
On April 24, 2015 the United States began its chairmanship of the Arctic Council for a period of two years. The U.S. agenda has three focus areas: economic and living conditions for Arctic communities; Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship; and addressing the impacts of climate change. This file has particular relevance for Quebec, notably as regards implementation of Plan Nord.