U of S represented at Arctic Frontiers conference

International innovation expert Johannes Dyring of the University of Saskatchewan presented at the prestigious 2017 Arctic Frontiers conference this week in Tromsø, Norway.

By Susan Savino

Dyring, the managing director of the Industry Liaison Office at the U of S, spoke at an event on behalf of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the U of S.

His keynote address, "The Role of Science in Arctic Social and Business Development," explained how change and uncertainty provide opportunities for innovation and new thinking for development.

“Opportunities exist globally and it is up to us to explore and turn ideas, resources and knowledge into solutions that benefit all,” Dyring said. “I believe that, particularly in the north, there is unutilized potential to build and shape our future from an innovation point of view. This week, the Arctic Frontiers conference gathered leaders representing a wide range of sectors, who can make a difference in the Arctic and Circumpolar North.”

A panel discussion followed the keynote address, featuring Øyvind Fylling-Jensen (Managing Director of Nofima, Norway), Marina Kalinina (Vice-President Interregional Cooperation - Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia), Gisle Nondal (R&D Manager, Global Centres of Expertise, GCE Subsea, Norway) and Jessica Shadian (Nansen Professor University of Akureyri and Partner, Arctic Advocacy Group).

Dyring joined a distinguished list of conference speakers from a wide range of northern specialists and representatives from academia, policy and business. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Juha Sipila, Prime Minister of Finland, and Janet King, President of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, addressed audiences earlier in the week.


About Arctic Frontiers:
Arctic Frontiers is an international conference on sustainable development in the Arctic. Bringing together academia, government and business in an international arena to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development in the Arctic.

About the ICNGD:
The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan concentrates on the Circumpolar North and its relationship to Northern Saskatchewan with an emphasis on innovation and to further research, graduate training, and capacity building around the issues of governance and developmenteconomy, environment, social and healthin partnership with northern and Indigenous communities, industry and government.