University of Washington

Former Arctic Studies Chairs

2014-15 Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies

Joel P. Heath, Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society
UW Residency: October 6-November 27th & Spring Quarter 2015
Arctic Eider Society:
People of a Feather:
Office: Smith 204B
Office Phone:
Cell: 604-813-5635

Bio: Served as project leader for Canada’s largest International Polar Year Training, Education and Outreach project establishing long term community-driven research programs in Hudson Bay. He is Director/Producer of the award winning feature film People of a Feather. Heath has a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Biological Sciences and broad interdisciplinary experience.

Research Project: Addressing cumulative impacts of environmental change and development projects on sea ice ecosystems through community-driven research with Inuit and Cree, and by developing capacity for environmental stewardship in Hudson Bay.

Description: This program combines Inuit and scientific knowledge to address cumulative impacts of environmental change and hydroelectric developments on sea ice ecosystems in Hudson Bay. Community driven research programs provide capacity to assess hydrological changes affecting sea ice habitats, oceanography and wildlife, with a focus on increasing entrapments and mortality of marine birds and mammals. This project will consider how increasing hydroelectric exports from eastern Canada to the U.S. provides new challenges as well as opportunities to address water management issues through policies which more closely match distribution with the natural timing of the hydrological cycle, mitigating impacts on sea ice and Inuit. A major emphasis will also be placed on establishing inter-jurisdictional stewardship for Hudson Bay by establishing a consortium of academics, government, communities and industry to assess cumulative impacts and address environmental justice issues in Hudson Bay.

2013-14 Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies

Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.

After serving as Premier of the Yukon, Penikett acted as Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Premier of Saskatchewan (1995-97) and, Deputy Minister for Negotiations, and later Labour, for the Government of British Columbia (1997-2001).

Penikett is an Adjunct Professor for the Public Policy School at Simon Fraser University and for the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He also serves Senior Advisor for the Arctic Security Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; and, for the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Toronto. His recent work has taken him to the Eastern Arctic, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South America.

In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. His most recent articles include: “The Arctic Vacuum in Canada’s Foreign Policy” with Terry Fenge in Policy Options, April 2009; and, “A Literary Test for Indigenous Governments?,” in Northern Public Affairs, June 2012. Tony Penikett Negotiations Inc. provides mediation and negotiation services to Aboriginal, government, management and union clients.

His research project is entitled, Comparative Study of Canadian and U.S. Approaches to Issues of Arctic Governance in the 21st Century.


Former Chair in Arctic Studies, Tony Penikett's and Canadian Consultant, Terry Fenge's article, Paper Promises, Featured in Canadian Magazine (07/14)

The first Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair with an Arctic focus was Sari Graben 2012-13. This chair was sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., served as the Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair in 2012-13. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic. Drawing on theories of interpretation and legal transplantation as well as regulatory governance, her work analyzes the institutions supportive of law and development and the role of expertise in disputation within international environmental regimes and domestic law.

In Spring Quarter 2013 Graben taught a graduate seminar co-listed with Program on the Environment, JSIS 482 / 582 Canada Special Topics & ENVIR 495 Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Business in the Arctic – Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development. Providing an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course emphasized challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and was organized around particular resource development activities. This allowed students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them.

Graben’s course is part of the developing Arctic initiative headed up by the Canadian Studies Center.

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