ASRC Executive Unanimously Selected Chair of Arctic Economic Council
The goal of the Council is to facilitate Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development
During today’s meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) in Ottawa, Canada, Tara Sweeney, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation executive vice president of external affairs, was unanimously chosen to serve as board chair. Sweeney also represents the Iñuit Circumpolar Council and will serve on the AEC board for the next two years. The AEC is the primary entity for dealings between the Arctic Council and the wider-reaching circumpolar business community.
“It truly is an honor to serve as the chair of the AEC for the next two years,” said Tara Sweeney after today’s announcement. “My goal is for our working groups to meet their deadlines and solidify the AEC’s ties to other organizations with activities in the Arctic. I’d like to thank outgoing AEC chair Tom Paddon for his leadership as well as the other AEC members. I look forward to aligning the work of the AEC with the Arctic Council priorities of the United States in such critical areas as energy, telecommunications infrastructure and response operations.”
The AEC was founded in Iqaluit, Nunavut six months ago and has three working groups: arctic stewardship, responsible resource development and maritime transportation. AEC representatives have delivered more than 40 outreach presentations around the world and have met with business leaders seeking partnerships to promote responsible economic development in the Arctic.
Sweeney will be assisted by an executive committee, consisting of vice chairs Tero Vauraste from Finland, Evgeny Ambrosov from Russia and outgoing chair Tom Paddon from Canada.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1990 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 12,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, industrial services, government services and resource development.