Canadians to Attend U.S. Renewable Energy and Technology in the Arctic Leadership Program

April 18, 2019
For Immediate Release

Canadians to Attend U.S. Renewable Energy and Technology in the Arctic Leadership Program

OTTAWA – Indigenous leaders and other Canadian professionals working in Northern Canada will visit Denver, Colorado; Fairbanks, Alaska; and other Alaskan cities from April 24 to May 4 as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The participants will engage with U.S. policy, government, and industry leaders who focus on renewable energy and technology in the Arctic.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Participants will learn about renewable energy technologies that are environmentally and culturally appropriate for the unique climate, terrain, and communities of the Arctic region.  They will explore how renewable technologies being developed or applied on the ground in the United States can empower northern Indigenous and Canadian organizations and businesses.

Participants in the program are:

  • Cynthia Ene, CEO, Illu Inc., Cambridge Bay
  • Barrie Ford, Deputy Director, Nunavik Research Centre, Makivik Corp., Kuujjuaq
  • Marc Antoine Fortin Robitaille, Infrastructure Development Officer, Societe du Plan Nord, Kuujjuaq
  • Angela Mary Gernrandt, Community Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Cambridge Bay
  • Mark Heyck, Executive Director, Arctic Energy Alliance, Yellowknife
  • Jesse Janis Joe Hudson, Environment and Natural Resource Officer, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Whitehorse
  • Tooma Ryan Natsiq, Climate Change Mitigation Specialist, Department of Environment, Climate Change Secretariat, Government of Nunavut, Iqaluit
  • Juanie Noah Pudluk, Manager, Project Management with the Government of Nunavut, Iqaluit

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field 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.