The AEC is open to corporations, partnerships and indigenous groups that have an economic interest in the Arctic. The AEC Legacy membership includes three business representatives from each Arctic state and three representatives from each Permanent Participant organization. The AEC welcomes the participation of other stakeholders from across the globe as non-voting members.
The AEC organizations in each Arctic state and the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council can each name up to three representatives to the AEC. These 42 representatives form the AEC Legacy membership. This is the voting membership of the AEC.
The AEC Legacy Members represent the pan-Arctic business community from across the wide scope of Arctic commerce. With representation from businesses from all eight Arctic states and from Permanent Participants, the AEC represents the width of the Arctic business community. The AEC Legacy membership ranges from small and medium-sized businesses and traditional livelihoods to larger shipping and extractive industries.
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 both Arctic and sub-Arctic stakeholders an opportunity to participate, interact and collaborate with the Legacy Members of the AEC.
By creating two different non-voting membership categories the AEC ensures that it is open to corporations, partnerships and indigenous groups that have an economic interest in the Arctic. Members may contribute to AEC content, in various forms including, but not limited to, submitting ideas, participating in Working Groups and making presentations.
The Non-voting membership is divided into two classes:
Arctic Partner: Corporations, businesses, partnerships and indigenous groups coming from both the Arctic and from sub-Arctic regions, has the opportunity to join the AEC as an Arctic Partner.
Permafrost Partner: Micro, small or medium businesses that are not subsidiaries with 15 employees or less with their business domiciled or headquarters located within an Arctic state has the opportunity to join the AEC as a Permafrost Parter.
Patrice Gilbert, Agnico Eagle
Curtis Shaw, Northwestel
Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Mr. Shaw is the President at Northwestel.
Curtis first joined Northwestel in 1996, and has held progressive leadership roles, including Director of Marketing, General Manager of Northwestel Cable, Vice President of Marketing, and Chief Operating Officer. In his current position, Curtis is responsible for business strategy and day-to-day operations of Northwestel including marketing, engineering, customer service, and network operations with a team of 550 employees located in Canada’s north.
Curtis holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Science degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been involved in several community organizations and boards across northern Canada, including Yukon Energy Corporation, the Yukon Hospital Foundation, and the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. Company website