Virtual Book Launch – Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Governments in International Affairs 

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Virtual Book Launch – Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Governments in International Affairs 

Friday, September 11 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

**This online event is open to everyone – no RSVP or registration is required. Follow this link to tune in to the discussion.


We are delighted for this first event of the season in Dr. Tom Axworthy‘s Arctic Dialogue Series. His guests will be Emily TsuiInuuteq Holm Olsen, William MacKay, and Dr. Susan Chatwood – who will each present on their work and ideas before joining Sara French-Rooke for a conversation and to answer viewer-submitted questions for a moderated panel discussion.

Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Government in International Affairs is a recently published collection of articles written by twenty-six leading and emerging scholars from across the circumpolar region. Each author assesses and explores the processes of regional governance in the Arctic from an interdisciplinary perspective. The topics include Indigenous internationalism, paradiplomacy, federalism, global institution-building, and more.

This virtual book launch is a discussion among the co-editors and three of the book’s authors on the role of subnational and regional governments in the Arctic today. The discussion will also cover contemporary responses by these governments to the COVID-19 crisis and how national Arctic policies might better incorporate the perspectives and priorities of local governments. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions by using the hashtag #ArcticLessons on Twitter or by emailing


This book launch is sponsored by Massey College, The Gordon Foundation, The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, and the Arctic Law Group at the Faculty of Law.


This online event is open to everyone – no RSVP or registration is required. Follow this link to tune in to the discussion.


Book cover for Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Governments in International Affairs

Thomas Axworthy, Sara French and Emily Tsui (eds.) Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Governments in International Affairs. Oakville, On: Mosaic Press, 2020. 450 pp.


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This online event is open to everyone – no RSVP or registration is required. Follow this link to tune in to the discussion.


Dr. Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. He served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and he was a key strategist on repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He was appointed Secretary-General of the InterAction Council, a think tank of former world leaders, in 2011. Established in 1983, the InterAction Council was the first group to apply the wisdom and network of former leaders to current global issues.

In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University, teaching at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he left Harvard and was appointed Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University. He is currently a distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Chair of Public Policy at Massey College, University of Toronto.

His career in philanthropy began in 1986 with his appointment to the CRB Foundation where he initiated the Heritage Minutes and the National Heritage Fairs Programs. He continued that work from 1999 to 2005 at the Historica Foundation of Canada. To recognize his achievements in heritage education, civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Axworthy was president and CEO of The Gordon Foundation, an institution known for its partnership with Northern indigenous leaders in helping to create the Arctic Council.

He is the author of numerous books and articles of which the best known is Towards a Just Society, co-authored with Pierre Trudeau.


Emily Tsui is a Juris Doctor/Master of Global Affairs Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Munk School of Global Affairs. She is currently a Fellow at the 2020 Polar Law Symposium and incoming Visiting Fellow at The Arctic Institute.  She was a research assistant to Dr. Axworthy at the Gordon Foundation, where she assisted in organizing the 2015 conference at the Munk School. She has published briefing notes with the Arctic Yearbook on the Northern Forum and the Science Agreement.


Inuuteq Holm Olsen is Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Representation at the Greenland Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC as of January 1, 2014. He is also accredited to Canada. Greenland opened its representation in the North American continent in 2014.

Mr. Olsen has been a speaker and panelist at numerous international international conferences, universities and think tanks, in Europe, United States and Canada on issues pertaining to Greenland and Arctic issues as well as an contributing author to several books. He has been involved in the negotiations and drafting of the chapter on foreign affairs in the Danish-Greenlandic Commission on Self-Government of 2008. He has also served as member of the the Danish Defense Commission of 2008 representing the Government of Greenland.

Prior to coming to DC he served as Deputy Minister for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Greenland, from 2004 to the end of 2012. He began his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and was Private Secretary to the Premier from 1997 to 1999.
He has been posted at the Danish Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen and was at the Greenland Representation in Brussels from 2000 through 2003. He thereafter returned to Nuuk to be Head of Department at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2003 – 2004. Mr. Holm Olsen earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1994 and a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 1996.


William MacKay is the Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs and Secretary to Cabinet for the Government of Nunavut.  Mr. MacKay was appointed on September 9, 2019 after serving for four years as Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General.  Mr. MacKay was also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Legal Counsel for the Government of Nunavut.

Mr. MacKay has extensive experience in government administration and legal advisory work.  In addition to his years of service and experience with the Government of Nunavut as a senior manager, Mr. MacKay has acted as legal counsel, negotiator and advisor with respect to intergovernmental affairs, trade issues, Aboriginal land claim negotiations and environmental regulatory matters in both the private and public sector for over 20 years.

He has a Bachelor of Arts, LLB and LLM from the University of Calgary and has a certificate in International and Comparative Law from Cornell University and Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.  Mr. MacKay has been a practising lawyer for 18 years.  He is a member of the Law Society of Nunavut and the Law Society of Ontario and is a past member of the Law Society of Alberta and Law Society of the Northwest Territories.


Dr. Susan Chatwood is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, and is a recipient of the McCalla Professorship at the University of Alberta. She also holds affiliations as an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of British Columbia, a Masters in Epidemiology from McGill University and PhD in Medical Science from the University of Toronto.

Susan was a scholar in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, and is the Past President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health. Susan has spent most of her career in remote and northern communities working in the clinical setting, public health and research. Her research interests include circumpolar health systems stewardship and performance, and the synthesis of knowledge that promotes broader connotations of health systems and wellness in the Arctic. When out of the office Susan can be found doing photography, camping, and skjoring with her bad husky.



Friday, September 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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