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Development of Transport Infrastructure in Permafrost Conditions

The Northern Forum Secretariat is starting a series of meetings with Canada on topical issues of sustainable development in the North and the Arctic. The first online conference will be devoted to the topic “Development of Transport Infrastructure in Permafrost Conditions”. 

Today, the Arctic attracts increasingly more attention throughout the world. One of the important parts of it is its transport infrastructure, which is constantly affected by permafrost and the extreme conditions of the North and the Arctic. It has a major impact on both the local people and the development of the Arctic territories especially in Russia and Canada. Therefore, there is a need for a comprehensive and cooperative approach that could help improve the Arctic infrastructure and strengthen the cooperation between these two Arctic states.

DATE: September 2, 2021.

FORMAT: Online conference via Zoom.

TIME: 7:00 a.m. (Yukon), 23:00 p.m. (Yakutsk), 17:00 p.m. (Moscow).

DURATION: 2 hours.

LOCATION: Yukon (Canada), Yakutsk (Russia), Moscow (Russia).


Paul Murchison – Executive Director, Highways and Public Works, Transportation, Major Transportation Programs;

Daryana Maximova – Deputy Executive Director of the Northern Forum; Senior Researcher of the Department of Canada of the Institute for US and Canadian studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; associate professor of the North-Eastern Federal University.


  1. Mika Riipi – Greetings from the Governor of Lapland (Finland), Chair of the Northern Forum;
  2. Vladimir Vasilyev – Executive Director of the Northern Forum; 
  3. Amanda Price – Manager Planning and Programming, Transportation Division, Yukon Government (Yukon, Canada);
  4. Dr. Christopher Burn – Chancellor's Professor of Geography, President, International Permafrost Association, Supervisor, Graduate Programs in Northern Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada);
  5. Dr. Lukas Arenson – Principal Geotechnical Engineer at BGC Engineering Inc., President, Canadian Permafrost Association, Adjunct Professor, University of Manitoba, Department of Civil Engineering (Manitoba, Canada);
  6. Dr. Steve Kokelj – Permafrost Scientist, Northwest Territories Geological Survey, Government of Northwest Territories, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada);
  7. Dr. Fabrice Calmels – Research Chair, Permafrost & Geoscience, Yukon University Research Centre (Yukon, Canada);
  8. Dr. Guy Dore – Department of Civil Engineering and Water Engineering, Université Laval (Quebec, Canada);
  9. Derek Cronmiller – Permafrost Geologist, Yukon Geological Survey, Yukon Government (Yukon, Canada);

10.Dr. Christopher Stevens – Senior Geocryologist, Permafrost and Arctic Infrastructure SRK Consulting (Alaska, USA);

  • Dr. Mikhail Zheleznyak – Director of the Melnikov Institute of Permafrost of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk, Russia);
  1. Dr. Anatoly Brouchkov – Head of the Department of Geocryology, Moscow State University after M.V. Lomonosov (Moscow, Russia).

WORKING LANGUAGES: English, Russian. Simultaneous interpretation


  1. International Organization of Northern Regions “The Northern Forum”; 
  2. Highways and Public Works, Transportation, Major Transportation Programs, Government of Yukon;
  3. With the support of the Canadian Embassy in Russia.

THEMES: Highway costs related to climate change, potential of new northern infrastructure corridors, thermal stabilization of highway embankments, transportation infrastructure vulnerability to climate change, permafrost active layer detachments and landslide runout along highway corridors.

PARTICIPATION: Applications for participation in the online conference as listeners can be submitted to Directorate . Submission deadline: August 31, 2021.