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Look north, look ahead

By David Sorensen

For four days this week, Memorial University will make its mark in the country's capital regarding its longstanding and deep attachment to the north as Labrador's university. See related feature pages 1, 6 and 7.

From Feb. 1-4, Memorial will join more than 1,000 delegates at Northern Lights 2012, the premier conference of Canada's north and the eastern arctic.

Hosted by the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce and the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is bringing some 140 exhibitors to the Ottawa Convention Centre to connect and collaborate on the immense opportunities in the region.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 1, follow Memorial's activities at Northern Lights 2012 on Twitter, hashtag #MemorialUpNorth. Join in the conversation.

The presence of Memorial representatives and a booth at the event will highlight Memorial's extensive activities in Labrador, including the university's work through the Labrador Institute, the Faculty of Medicine, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus and various individual researchers.

Memorial's president, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, will lead the university delegation, joined by Associate Vice-President (Research) Dr. Ray Gosine, the director of the Labrador Institute, Dr. Keith Chaulk, and representatives from Grenfell Campus, C-Core, the Marine Institute, the Labrador Institute, the Division of Marketing and Communications and Memorial's Department of Geography.

Northern Lights strives to strengthen partnerships between Canada's northern and southern key business and government stakeholders. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be in attendance along with various Newfoundland business people.

A session called Arctic Ocean Technology: Utilizing R&D to Overcome Resource Development Challenges will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, with Charles Randell, president and CEO of C-CORE, and Carey Bonnell, head of fisheries, Marine Institute.