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Peter Harrison - Chair Dr. Peter Harrison Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario


Dr. Peter Harrison is Professor, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies (SPS) at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). From 2008-2009 he was the Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School. Previously Dr. Harrison served as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, responsible for Northern Affairs and Inuit Relations, as well as Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.

Dr. Harrison is a professional Geographer and holds a BA (1st Class Honours) from the London School of Economics, an MA from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Harrison is a Fellow, former Governor and former Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Gold Medal for Public Service, and the J.B. Nicholls Award for lifetime contribution to ocean and coastal management in Canada.

Word from the Chair

The International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montréal, Canada will mark both a significant ending and an exciting beginning.

Entitled From Knowledge to Action the conference will bring together internationally renowned scientists with key policy makers and stakeholders, including northern residents. Participants will examine important issues identified by IPY researchers, and will develop collaborative strategies for addressing them.

From Knowledge to Action builds on the groundwork laid at the 2010 Oslo Science Conference, which examined the global impact and implications of International Polar Year activities: the largest program of multidisciplinary research ever focused on the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Taking our knowledge to the next level - charting the new polar policy course - IPY 2012 will help shape stewardship, sustainable development and environmental protection goals for these strategic and highly valued regions.

We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the globe to one of Canada's most cosmopolitan and beautiful cities, located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

It promises to be a world-altering experience.

- Peter Harrison, Chair, IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference