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Arctic Ambitions 2 has full line up of speakers and still time to register




Arctic Ambitions II
The Hotel Captain Cook
February 19-20, 2013

Tuesday 19th: Russian Far East Focus

Registration: 12:30 PM (snacks provided)
Program: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Russian Cultural Performance & Reception:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 20th: Arctic Ambitions II

Registration: 8:00 AM
Program: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Keynote Luncheon:
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

World Trade Center Alaska will be hosting Arctic Ambitions II: Commercial Development of the Arctic on February 19th & 20th, 2013 at the Hotel Captain Cook. This unique conference focuses on Arctic international trade and business opportunities.

With increased commercial activity in the Arctic, WTCAK is paying close attention to the region. The summer season of 2011 saw a rise of commercial transit via the Northern Sea Route - 34 ships carried 820,000 tons of cargo. That's up from only 4 cargo ships in 2010.

The future of Arctic commerce is not only a matter of discovery of natural resources or production of new technologies in ship building. Successful economic development will require a network of infrastructure as well as international business partnerships and intergovernmental dialogue among Arctic nations. Arctic Ambitions II aims to further this discussion and to keep Alaskans informed on the potential for local business opportunities.

During the first day of the conference we will take a new, fresh look at potential business opportunities between Alaska and the Russian Far East region. It will feature presentations by a mix of both U.S. and Russian trade specialists.

To register for the Conference please click here:

The Speakers Include:


The Honorable Mead Treadwell, Lieutenant Governor State of Alaska Sylvia Reed Curran, Consul General Consulate General of the U.S. in Vladivostok, Russia Sten Arne Rosnes, Consul General Consulate General of Norway
in San Francisco

Other speakers include:


Lorraine Cordova, Economics Section Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. She will speak about the Corps' recent Deep Draft Arctic Ports Study


Mark Dudley, Regional Director, North America InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc. (Seattle, WA). His company represents Yakutia Airlines in the US. The airline provides direct passenger service between Anchorage and Kamchatka on a summer seasonal basis.


Hanna Eklund, Honorary Consul of Finland in Anchorage. Hanna will be talking about Finland's know-how and expertise in the Arctic.


Vic Fischer, Director Emeritus, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). Fischer is the author of the recently published book, "To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey". In addition to his presentation, Fischer will conduct a book signing.  


Anna V. Kochemasova, General Director, Far-Eastern International Logistics Center (FEILC). Former Director of Russian American Educational Center (Khabarovsk). Anna will discuss U.S. involvement in trade, investments, and infrastructure projects in the Russian Far East.  


Michael Sfraga, Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement, University of Alaska Fairbanks Co-director of the University of the Arctic's Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy (Fairbanks, Alaska)


Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Vitus Marine LLC. Vitus Marine completed a winter fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska in 2011. They completed the difficult delivery by chartering a Russian flagged ice-classed tank ship Renda and their delivery was accompanied by the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy.  


Hanna Suutarla, Quality and Environmental Manager, Arctia Offshore Ltd. (Finland)  


Rudy Tsukada, President, Aleut Enterprise, LLC


Joe Wereszynski, International Trade Specialist Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington, D.C.)  


Dr. Joon Koo Yoo, Visiting Professor Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Seoul, Korea) 


Click here for a brief recap of Arctic Ambitions I

Follow links below to read the articles about the conference from Alaska Business Monthly (February 2013) - WTCAK Special Section:

New Realistic Russian Opportunities

Arctic Ambitions II Conference


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