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Arctic Ambitions II (February 19-20): Speakers Announced - Register Today


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.

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:

Mark Dudley, Regional Director, North America InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

Hanna Eklund, Honorary Consul of Finland in Anchorage

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)

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


register for the Conference please click here:


To find out more about these upcoming events  please contact WTCAK on 907-27-TRADE. Be sure to bookmark our website (www.wtcak.org) and visit it frequently for updates about WTCAK programs.

A special reception that celebrates Russian-Alaskan cultural ties will be conducted following the New Look: AK-RFE Opportunities segment of Arctic Ambitions II Conference.  Two local cultural performing groups, Sudarushka (pictured above) and the Russian-American Colony Singers will be on hand to perform. The reception is sponsored by Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation.

Special Thanks to Our Arctic Ambitions II Conference Sponsors:





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