Professor Tom Allen

Professor Tom Allen

Thomas J. Allen (Tom) is currently an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. In addition he is both the CIBC Chair in Agricultural Entrepreneurship in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and a Wilson Scholar in Entrepreneurship in the Edwards School of Business. Tom has 22 years of experience as a teacher of agricultural business and entrepreneurship and previous to that 20 years of experience as a farmer. Over the years he has taught courses in the diploma, undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Agriculture, and in the undergraduate and MBA programs in Edwards School of Business. Tom served for numerous years as Special Advisor to the Dean of Agriculture on matters concerning First Nation Peoples and First Nation economic activity. In 2008 he assumed the role of pillar leader in the Indigenous Land Management Institute with a special emphasis on wealth creation in Indigenous communities. Tom was a commitment leader in the University of Saskatchewan’s second integrated planning process focusing on Aboriginal Engagement. Tom is currently on sabbatical leave during which time he is studying the economic feasibility of northern vegetable production using biomass as a heat source.


Dr. Lassi Heininen

Dr. Lassi Heininen is a Professor (of Arctic Politics) and Docent (of International Relations) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, and Docent (of Northern Geopolitics) at University of Oulu, Finland. He is also Visiting Professor at University of Akureyri, Iceland; Adjunct Faculty at Frost Center for Canadian Studies, Trent University, Canada; Associate Researcher of Center for Geopolitical Studies at University of Quebec in Montreal; and Director of International Summer School in Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University, Russia.

Dr. Heininen teaches and lectures regularly abroad and supervises PhD students from Finland and other Arctic countries. His research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Russian Studies, Northern and Arctic Studies, and Political History. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook. His most recent books are NGP Yearbook 2011 ”Sustainable Development in the Arctic region though peace and stability” (e d ited with R . Rouge-Oikarinen ), Geographical Society of Northern Finland, 2012; Arctic Strategies and Policies: Inventory & Comparative Study, Northern Research Forum, 2011; Jäitä poltellessa. Suomi ja arktisen alueen tulevaisuus (edited with T. Palosaari), TAPRI, 2011; and Globalization and the Circumpolar North (edited with C. Southcott), University of Alaska Press, 2010.

Dr. Heininen is actively involved in speaking at international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops. He is the organiser of the annual Calotte Academy and the Northern Research Forum’s international Open Assemblies. He is also the chairman of the Northern Research Forum’s Steering Committee.  


Professor Josef Svoboda

Josef Svoboda (*1929 Prague) is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Biology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, ON, Canada. He studied biology and philosophy at Masaryk University in Brno, the former Czechoslovakia. In 1949, still a student, he was arrested and as a member of a resistance movement sentenced to 11 years by then the communistic regime. He spent almost 9 years in the prisons and uranium mines’ labour camps. The next 10 years he worked as a labourer and technician. In 1968 he immigrated to Canada and continued in his studies. In 1974 he obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta for a study of productivity processes in polar semi-deserts at Devon Island, N.W.T. Since 1973 he taught at the University of Toronto and for more than 30 years, with his students, he conducted research in the Canadian High Arctic. Their work focused on polar oases, plant colonization of deglaciated terrains and responses of arctic plant communities to global warming. In 1979-84 he directed two unique horticultural experiments on permafrost grounds in the Canadian Mid- and High Arctic. He also published papers on evolution and the origin of life. Honours: the Northern Science Award from the Government of Canada and an honorary doctorate from the Masaryk University, now the Czech Republic


Kreesta Doucette

Kreesta Doucette grew up in the North and completed her undergraduate degree in Agriculture and a Masters in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. She is the founding  Executive Director of  Food Matters Manitoba  (FMM) and has worked in community food security for the last 14 years in Canada and overseas. In the past eight years Food Matters Manitoba has facilitated over 30 province-wide local food production projects, initiating and facilitating national and local Community Food Assessment projects, and partnering with 13 northern communities on new and traditional food practices, food literacy, and growing and preserving food.   FMM has worked on policy initiatives with governments, schools, business, farmers retailers and chefs including a northern grocers forum, and a local food grocery store campaign. FMM is home to the  Manitoba Food Charter , which was developed through 70 province-wide government, community, and organizational consultations. 



Svein Tvedt Johansen

Svein Tvedt Johansen is an associate professor at Harstad University College where he currently serves in the position of pro-rector.

Johansen holds a Ph.d from the the Norwegian School of Economics on trust (title of dissertation; Trust in initial encounters, a motivational cognitive model) as well as a master and bachelor-degree in business administration also from the Norwegian School of Economics.

Johansen has published widely in journals that include Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of change Management, Journal of Creativity Management as well as Public Opinion Quarterly.   Johansen’s research interests includes the role of trust in organizations, organizational change processes as well as the role and influence of institutional logics in and on organizations.  

Johansen initiated and leads the network on Managing Small and medium sized enterprises in the North, a network that in addition to Harstad University college, includes NArFU in Arkhangelsk, International Institute of Business Education, in Murmansk), Syktyvkar State University in Syktyvkar, Russia, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland and Kemi-Torneo University of Applied Sciences in Torneo/ Kemi, Finland.

Johansen has secured funding for several projects and currently leads a newly established project that seeks to further collaboration on business education between educational institutions in Norway and Northwest-Russia. The project is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and includes grants for trainee-exchanges between Norway and Russia as well as course-and case-development.    


Dr. Arja Rautio

Dr. Arja Rautio, research professor, MD, PhD, ERT, is working as research professor and chair in Center for Arctic Medicine at Thule Institute (www.oulu.fi/thule/); University of Oulu, Finland). She is leading a research program, International University of Arctic PhD graduate program and Master’s program of Circumpolar Health and Well-being, and the thematic network of Health and Wellbeing in the Arctic in the University of the Arctic (www.uarctic.org). Her research interests are in the topics of environmental health and well-being and adaptation to climate change in the North, social exclusion and indigenous health and wellbeing. She is a member in the NCHR board, which publishes the   International Journal of Circumpolar Health. She is a national key expert in the AMAP and SDWG – Human Health Expert groups and IASC – Human and Social Working group. At the moment she is vice-chair of the Nordic Society of Circumpolar Health.


Dr. Norma Kassi

I was raised and educated in Old Crow, Yukon; I am Vuntut Gwitchin (People of the Lakes) and a member of the Wolf Clan. My grandfather, mother and the land were the bearers of this invaluable, ancient traditional, scientific and ecological knowledge, which was passed on to me at a very young age.

In 1985, I was elected into Yukon’s Legislative Assembly as Member for Vuntut Gwitchin, a position I held until 1992. During this time, I was selected by the Elders of the Gwich’in Nation to act as a spokesperson for the preservation of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. I traveled extensively throughout the world educating many people about the devastating effects of the proposed industrial development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 1991 I was awarded the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation and Achievement Award, and the Goldman Prize in 2002, one of the world’s highest profile awards for Conservation.

I co-founded the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research in 2007. Our work focuses on identifying health research priorities with Yukon First Nations communities, capacity building and training of First Nations in the area of health, and developing ways to translate knowledge that is inclusive, sustainable and beneficial to the communities. Presently, I am working with a team of experts on a Yukon Territorial Wide Food Systems Design Planning and Implementation Project. This project has given me an opportunity to integrate my traditional values and historical knowledge from many years on the land along with my experiences as a facilitator and community-based researcher.


Professor Matsuo Uemura

Matsuo Uemura is currently a professor in the Cryobiofrontier Research Center, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Japan, and the Dean of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences of Iwate University, which offers Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and is composed of four universities (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hirosaki University, Yamagata University and Iwate University) that are all located in northern part of Japan. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Uemura obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Low Temperature Science at Hokkaido University and subsequently worked as a postdoc at Cornell University, before returning to Japan as a professor at Iwate University. He has been conducting research on physiological and molecular mechanisms of cold stress adaptation in plants especially focused on membrane dynamics, behavior and function under cold/freezing conditions. At Iwate University, Dr Uemura teaches plant molecular physiology and plant stress adaptation, and voluntarily takes part in the “English teaching team” for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Agriculture. He has also been on advisory boards for a Japanese government supported program for high school students, super-science high school program (SSH), in his home prefecture to increase science literacy of young people in Japan.

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