Would You Like to Grow Your Business in the Arctic?

The Arctic Economic Council is the premier platform and resource for Arctic and non-Arctic states and businesses with interests in Arctic opportunities associated with circumpolar growth and development. AEC members belong to a global network of corporate and academic professionals who are building as well as strengthening relationships with those focused in a shared mission of promoting Arctic development in a manner that’s both economically beneficial and culturally responsible.

Membership benefits

By joining the AEC, you have an opportunity to actively participate in issues affecting Arctic policy and decisions relating to present and future economic development.

AEC’s members representing the pan-Arctic business community coming from all eight Arctic states offer a diverse and shared capacity to serve stakeholders when it comes to conducting business in the Arctic:

  • Arctic know-how
  • Networks and cooperation
  • Cooperation with academia
  • Business culture
  • Local knowledge
  • Indigenous relations

Exclusive Access

  • Working Group participation
  • AEC workshops
  • AEC updates
  • AEC partnership data
  • Annual meetings
  • Networking
  • Membership portal


  • Business promotion throughout the Arctic
  • Briefing to Legacy Membership on business lines
  • AEC input recommendations prior to public distribution
  • Use of AEC logo on website/other
  • Read more about the AEC Working Groups  here.

AEC membership is open to corporations, businesses, partnerships and indigenous groups that have an economic interest in the Arctic. With the emerging opportunities that the region presents, the organization supports the business community’s growing interest – putting Arctic businesses and non-Arctic partners in the driver’s seat when it comes to present or potential circumpolar development.

Businesses residing both inside and outside of the Arctic region can be part of emerging development opportunities by joining the AEC.

Legacy Member

Legacy membership includes 3 business representatives form each Arctic state and 3 representatives from each Permanent Participant organization. The Legacy Members are nominated by the national AEC organizations. This is the voting membership of the Arctic Economic Council.

The membership fee is at present 10 000 USD annually.

Arctic Partner

Global focus is shifting north and there is growing interest by non-AEC members to participate in the AEC. If we are true to the “AEC way” of building on the pillars of Collaboration, Partnership, Innovation and Peace, it is imperative for the AEC to provide stakeholders interested in the Arctic an opportunity to participate, interact and collaborate with the Legacy Members of the AEC.

To enable participation for all types of businesses coming both from the Arctic and from sub-Arctic regions, there is an opportunity to join the AEC as a non-voting Arctic Partner. The membership fee is at present 10 000 USD annually.

Permafrost Partner

Micro businesses support the “active layers” in our remote Arctic communities. They bring an important perspective about doing business in the Arctic. They deserve an opportunity to have a voice within the AEC.

The AEC Permafrost Partner category is designed for micro businesses that are not subsidiaries, with their business headquarters located within an Arctic state and which have 15 employees or less. The membership fee is at present 2500 USD annually.

Join the Arctic Economic Council

The process for application includes completing the Membership Application Form and submitting it to the AEC office at info@arcticeconomiccouncil.com. The Secretariat would be happy to assist you during the process; please don’t hesitate to contact info@arcticeconomiccouncil.com for more information.

The applications will be reviewed by the Executive Committee for final approval.

Read the AEC Membership Terms and Conditions