The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) and the Institute of the North recently agreed to a strategic partnership addressing Arctic policy and infrastructure issues. In addition to a financial contribution to the Institute of the North, Teresa Imm, Vice President of Resources at ASRC, will join the Institute of the North board of directors.
“As fundamental stakeholders in Alaska’s Arctic, ASRC brings a unique and valuable perspective to the Institute of the North,” says Drue Pearce, Chair of the Institute’s board of director’s. “We’re looking forward to Teresa’s participation and to ASRC’s input into Alaska’s Arctic issues at Alaska’s premier international Arctic organization.”
ASRC joins Shell Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks as Strategic Partners. “We believe that the Institute of the North brings attention and direction to Alaska’s Arctic, convening critical conversations about issues that are at the heart of what we’re doing at ASRC,” notes Teresa Imm. “I’m excited to join a wonderful team who share our vision of responsible resource development, balanced against vibrant cultures and a sensitive environment.”
The Institute of the North and UAF have signed an MOA outlines a collaborative framework that aligns the University’s current and future Arctic programs and projects, utilizes the Institute’s role as a convener, builds UAF’s academic, research, and public service capacities, and leverages financial resources from both entities.
Shell Alaska has been an active participant in and supporter of programs at the Institute that have highlighted arctic transportation infrastructure and energy issues. Specifically, this has meant a high level of engagement in the Arctic Maritime and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative – an eight-nation port and airport evaluation conducted under the auspices of the Arctic Council – and the Arctic Energy Summit, which took place in October in Iceland.
Institute of the North Strategic Partners believe in the Institute of the North’s mission and goals, and support the Institute with a financial contribution of $25,000 or more. To learn more about other partnership levels and opportunities, contact Nils Andreassen, Executive Director.