Memorial's leadership in the Arctic

Feb 19th, 2014

by Meaghan Whelan

Memorial's leadership in the Arctic

Two of Memorial’s senior leaders are taking active roles in Arctic-related organizations. Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), is newly appointed to the board of directors for ArcticNet, while Dr. Keith Chaulk, director of the Labrador Institute, is currently serving as vice-president (Indigenous) for the University of the Arctic (UArctic).

“Canada is a vast country with a substantial northern footprint and this is mirrored at the provincial level,” explained Dr. Marceau. “For Memorial to respond to the needs of the people of the province, it’s important that we partner with and learn from those who share our interests in understanding and responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of northern regions.”

ArcticNet is a network of centres of excellence of Canada that brings together stakeholders from a variety of public and private sectors to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic. In particular, ArcticNet’s objective is to contribute to the development and dissemination of the knowledge needed to help Canadians face the impact and opportunities of climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

As vice-president (Indigenous) for UArctic, Dr. Chaulk is providing guidance and leadership related to the integral role of Indigenous peoples in northern education and research.

“It is a personal honour for me to serve in this role,” said Dr. Chaulk, himself of Inuit heritage. “It will allow me to bring my own academic experience, the resources and expertise of Memorial and my own cultural values to the team that will guide UArctic over the next three years.”

UArctic is comprised of some 150 universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. The organization’s overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering Indigenous peoples and other northerners through education, training and shared knowledge.

For more about Memorial's activities in the North, please visit




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