Canadians to Attend U.S. Leadership Program on Search and Rescue in the Arctic

May 21, 2019
For Immediate Release

Canadians to Attend U.S. Leadership Program on Search and Rescue in the Arctic


OTTAWA – Canadian professionals in search and rescue, academia, and community and health services are visiting Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities from May 20 to June 7 as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  Participants will seek to strengthen U.S. and Canadian leadership and expertise in Arctic search and rescue by engaging government officials and industry leaders in discussions about policies and practices. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

As sea and air traffic in the Arctic grows, so does the importance of U.S.-Canada joint preparedness and emergency response capabilities.  This project will enhance bilateral coordination at all levels of government by exploring new policies and practices for effective responses to potential future Arctic search and rescue cases.

Participants in the program are:

  • L.Col. Arthur R. Jordan, Incumbent Senior Staff Officer, Search and Rescue, 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD), Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Mr. Michael Christopher Kendall, Search and Rescue Training Officer, Nunavut Emergency Management Division, Department of Community and Government Services, Government of Nunavut
  • Dr. Peter Jacob Kikkert, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Governance, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Dr. Paul Whitney Lackenbauer, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and Professor, School for the Study of Canada, Trent University
  • Mr. Stefanos Dion Stavrou, Executive Director, Iqaluit Health Services, Government of Nunavut

The IVLP enables Canadians who are leaders in their professional fields to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest.  Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including more than 1,200 Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level.  For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews after the program upon request.