Arctic Energy & Resource Symposium (Calgary)

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March 23, 2023

Government of the Northwest Territories officials and staff were in attendance this week at the Arctic Energy & Resource Symposium March 22 – 23, 2023 in Calgary.

The conference was an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the future of sustainable resource development in the North, and Canada’s role in global energy markets.

Among its presentations, the focus on the North included panel discussions and networking opportunities themed on growth opportunities for critical minerals in the technology economy, key northern infrastructure, energy and resource sector projects, Indigenous capacity building and participation in Northern energy and resource projects, and incentives and strategies for northern exploration and development.

NWT Infrastructure Minister, Dianne Archie was among the conference’s keynote speakers.

ITI’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Mineral and Petroleum Resources, Industry, Menzie MacEachern, spoke at a panel session about the future of energy and resource development in the North.


David Connolly (left on screen), Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs with Cheetah Resources, operator of the NWT’s Nechalacho rare earth mine, and Jeff Hussey, President and COO of Osisko Metals, which is developing a lead-zinc mine in the NWT presented virtually as a part of a panel discussion about critical minerals on Wednesday.


Trevor Wilde (right), Director, Passenger Sales & Community Investment with Canadian North, presents Chad Brassard with the prize he won at the Northern Resource Open House. The airline donated two round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies.  The 19th annual house was hosted by the Government of Northwest Territories and co-sponsored by the government of Nunavut and Yukon, along with the NWT Chamber of Commerce.  The networking event was the lead-off to the 21st annual Arctic Energy and Resource Symposium.


David Akeeagok (left), Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Government of Nunavut, congratulates David Ramsay on winning a handmade birch bark basket.


The Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories (2019-2023) highlights the need for renewed exploration activity in the NWT to restore levels of investment, partnership, employment, and growth in the NWT’s economy. Conferences such as the Arctic Energy & Resource Symposium provide an opportunity for the GNWT to promote its competitive advantages and expertise to investors, influencers and innovators focused on the North.