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.


Lillian Hvatum-Brewster, ATCO Group

Lillian Hvatum-Brewster is the Vice President, Indigenous Community Relations & Development for ATCO Group. Ms. Hvatum-Brewster also works to develop new partnerships across Canada to expand opportunities, and brings more than 20 years of ATCO experience to the position. Company website.

Rauno Posio, Visit Arctic Europe

Rauno Posio work as a project leader in Visit Arctic Europe joint marketing project for region travel companies. He has previously been partner of the Lapland Safaries since 1992. Posio is also a Boardmember of Lapland Chamber of Commerce. Company website.

Ingmar Haga, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited

Ingmar F. Haga is Senior Advisor for Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited. Mr. Haga joined Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited as Vice President, Europe in 2006. He has over 30 years of international experience in the exploration and mining industry and has held various executive and corporate positions with the Outokumpu Group in Finland and Canada. Company website.

Tero Vauraste, Arctia Ltd

Mr. Tero Vauraste is the President and CEO of Arctia Ltd, a Finnish company that provides icebreaking, ice management, oil recovery and specialized multipurpose vessel services. He has long experience in senior executive positions within the traffic service cluster including safety and security, aviation and car rental. Company website.

Heidar Gudjonsson, Ursus Invesment

Heidar Gudjonsson is Managing Director of Ursus Investments and Chairman of the Board of Vodafone Iceland, Eykon Energy and the first infrastructure investment fund in the Arctic (2015). He is the Chairman of the Icelandic-Arctic Chamber of Commerce, is on the Advisory Board of the Arctic Circle and author of the “Arctic Push: Iceland and the Opportunities” (2013), a bestseller in Iceland.

Róbert Guðfinnsson

Róbert Guðfinnsson is the principal of the biotech company Genis hf. located in Siglufjordur, Iceland only steps away from the Arctic Circle. He is also the Chairman of Raudka ehf that has lead the biggest investment in tourism in northern Iceland. His prior background includes Chairman position of the fishing company Rammi and marketing company Icelandic Group along with many senior executive positions within the seafood industry worldwide. Mr.Guðfinnsson was honored as the business person of the year by Iceland premier business magazine in 2014. He has been noted for his advocacy of socially responsible capitalism and has held countless talks on the concept and its connection to Iceland’s small communities. Company website

Heiðrún Lind Marteinsdóttir, Fisheries Iceland

Heiðrún Lind Marteinsdóttir is the CEO of Fisheries Iceland, the association of companies in the fishing industry in Iceland. Formed in October 2014 by the merger of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners and the Federation of Icelandic Fish Processing Plants, Fisheries Iceland was set up to increase value creation in the country’s fishing industry by linking together all parts of the value chain. Ms. Lind Marteinsdóttir completed a law degree in 2007 and worked as an attorney and partner at LEX Law Offices, one of Iceland’s largest law firms, until hired by Fisheries Iceland in 2016. In her practice she primarily focused on property rights and company law. She is also an experienced litigator and has taught various legal courses at Reykjavik University and Bifrost University.

Peter Bay Kirkegaard, Confederation of Danish Industry

Peter Bay Kirkegaard is Senior Advisor at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), which is Denmark's largest business organization. The organization is funded, owned and managed entirely by 10,000 companies within manufacturing, trade and service industry. Mr. Kirkegaard works in the Trade Policy department, where his main area of work is advocacy on multi- and bilateral trade policy. He also works on Arctic affairs and in this capacity his work is focused on ensuring that DI’s member companies can participate and contribute to a sustainable business development in the Arctic area. Company website

Morten Glamsø, Danish Shipping

Since 2008 Morten Glamsø has been part of Danish Shipping as a senior adviser. Among other things he is responsible for Danish shipping’ interests in the Arctic. Danish Shipping is a trade- and employer organisation for more than 40 shipowners and two offshore companies. Company website.

Målfrid Baik, NHO Finnmark (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise)

Målfrid Baik is Regional Director of NHO Finnmark (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise). Baik has previously held the positions as Head of Market and Communication for Norut Northern Research Institute and as Director for Norut Northern Research Institute Alta, and she has a background in Political Science. Company website.

Kevin Luneborg Thomassen, Norwegian Shipowners' Association

Kevin Luneborg Thomassen is project manager and advisor in maritime politics in the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and is responsible for coordinating the association’s Arctic-related policy work. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association is an employers’ organization and interest group for shipowners within deep sea and short sea shipping as well as offshore related businesses. The association has 150 members. The main goal is to ensure competitive conditions for Norwegian-affiliated shipping companies and offshore contractors both nationally and internationally. Company website.

Erling Kvadsheim, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association

Erling Kvadsheim is Director, international affairs at the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association. He has spent his entire career in the oil and gas sector and knows the industry and the issues that are important for this sector thoroughly. Company website.

Andrey Shishkin, Rosneft Oil Company

Evgeniy Ambrosov, PAO Sovcomflot

Evgeniy Ambrosov is Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of PAO Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company and one of the world’s leading transporters of energy by sea. He joined the company in June 2009, with responsibility for commercial fleet operations, including a sophisticated fleet operating in the harsh environments of the Far Eastern and Arctic seas and for developing the potential of the Northern Sea Route for large tankers’ transits. A graduate of the Maritime State University in Vladivostok, Russia (1979), Mr. Ambrosov worked for nearly 30 years in Russia’s Far Eastern Shipping Company, rising from the position of Cargo Superintendent to President & CEO of the company. Company website.

Mark Henderson, Ericsson Canada

Mark Henderson is a senior telecommunications industry executive, with more than 35 years experience in the sector. Henderson is currently the Chairman of Ericsson in Canada (2015), prior to which he held the position of President and CEO of Ericsson Canada for more than 14 years. Company website.

Bo Krogvig, LKAB

Bo Krogvig is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Luossavaara – Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag, LKAB. LKAB is an international and high-tech mining and minerals group that mines and upgrades the unique iron ore of northern Sweden for the global steel market. Sustainability is core to their business and their ambition is to be one of the industry’s most innovative, resource-efficient and responsible companies. Company website.

Gail Schubert, Bering Straits Native Corporation

Gail Anagick Schubert is the President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), an Alaska Native regional corporation serving seventeen villages in the Bering Straits region. She is Inupiaq and was born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska.  She serves on a number of boards including the State of Alaska’s Retirement Management Board, the ANCSA Regional CEOs Association and the Alaska Federation of Natives. She is also a member of the Arctic Economic Council. Schubert earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, and her law degree from the Cornell Law School. She is an ATHENA society member, YWCA Woman of Achievement awardee and a 2014 recipient of the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Unsung Hero Award. Company website.

Lori Davey, GCI

Lori Davey is Vice President Enterprise Markets for GCI. Company website.

Bruce Harland, Crowley Marine Services

Mr. Harland has business unit responsibility for Contract Services in Alaska, the U.S. West Coast and International Arctic markets.  Crowley provides ship assist and escort services, salvage and oil spill response equipment, contract towing services, Arctic transportation services, naval architecture and marine engineering services, logistics and project management services. Company website.

Indigenous organizations

The Aleut International Association (AIA) is an Alaska Native not-for-profit corporation, registered in the State of Alaska, United States of America, in 1998. AIA was formed by the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, U.S., one of the thirteen regional not-for-profit Alaska Native corporations created as a result of Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act in 1971, and the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North of the Aleut District of the Kamchatka Region of the Russian Federation (AIPNADKR). AIA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of four Alaskan and four Russian Aleuts under the leadership of a president. Website.

Arlene Gundersen, Pauloff Harbor Tribe

Arlene Gundersen works for the Pauloff Harbor Tribe of Sanak Island as Tribal Administrator. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Thomas Mack, Aleut Corporation

  Mr. Mack is the President & CEO of The Aleut Corporation. Mr. Mack oversees the corporation’s business operations and subsidiaries which provide Government Contracting, Fuel Sales, Mechanical Construction, Radiochemical Analysis and Remediation, Industrial Products and Services and Real Estate Management. The Company also participates in various partnerships, joint ventures and other business activities. The Aleut Corporation is one of the thirteen Regional Native Corporations that were established in 1972 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).  Company website. Mr. Mack was raised in King Cove, located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, and is an original shareholder of both The Aleut Corporation and King Cove Corporation. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Alaska Pacific University, a Master’s of Science degree from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Mr. Mack also completed numerous executive leadership programs at Stanford University, the University of Chicago Booth and Harvard University.
The Saami Council is a voluntary Saami organization (a non–governmental organization), with Saami member organizations in Finland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Since its foundation in 1956 the Saami Council has actively dealt with Saami policy tasks. The Saami Council is one of the indigenous peoples’ organizations which has existed longest. The primary aim of the Saami Council is the promotion of Saami rights and interests in the four countries where the Saami are living, to consolidate the feeling of affinity among the Saami people, to attain recognition for the Saami as a nation and to maintain the economic, social and cultural rights of the Saami in the legislation of the four states. (Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland). Website.

Katarina Påve-Gaup, Averdi Karasjok AS

Katarina Påve-Gaup is a business advisor at Averdi Karasjok AS.Mrs. Påve-Gaup empowers indigenous entrepreneurs through mentor programs; business advising and encouragement to small businesses to create business –to-business activities as one framework of creating growth in the Arctic, based on responsible resource development. Company website.

Anders Oskal, International centre for reindeer husbandry

Anders Oskal is the Founding Executive Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), and Representative of the Association of World Reindeer Herders to the Arctic Council. These organisations both focus on traditional economies. Through ICR, Oskal is also in lead of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples' Culinary Institute, a virtual academic network institute established to document and utilize traditional knowledge and food cultures of indigenous peoples as a means for local business development and innovation. The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) was established by the Norwegian Government in 2005 in Kautokeino, as a contribution to the unique international cooperation of circumpolar reindeer herding peoples. ICR is an independent professional unit, with its own board and budget. Its core funding is provided by the Norwegian Government through annual grants from the budget of the Ministry of Reform and Government Administration. Company website.

Anders Blom, Njalla AB

Mr Anders Blom has a long working experience from both business development, public service and issues related to the livelihoods of indigenous peoples. In the latter capacity, Mr Blom is presently internationally engaged in the Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee within the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Anders Blom is chairing the Protect Sápmi foundation – an organization with the object to assist and create capacity to Saami right holders in their dialogue with competing land interests, e.g. mining activities, wind mills farms etc. Anders Blom was also a member of the World Economic Council Global Agenda Council on the Arctic. Anders Blom leads the family based consultant company Njalla AB. In that capacity, Anders Blom is working with traditional business development with a specialisation on small spin-off companies from the university world. Company website.
The Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC) is an international treaty organization established to defend the rights and further the interests internationally of American and Canadian Athabaskan member First Nation governments in the eight-nation Arctic Council and other international fora. AAC is an authorized “Permanent Participant” in the Arctic Council. In addition, AAC seeks to foster a greater understanding of the shared heritage of Athabaskan peoples of Arctic North America. In 2000, founding members of the AAC represented approximately 32,000 indigenous peoples of Athabaskan descent at the time of signing the AAC treaty. At present, AAC members in Alaska (including fifteen traditional villages), Yukon (the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Kaska Tribal Council) and Northwest Territories (Dene Nation) span across 76 communities and represent approximately 45,000 people. Website.

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Ben Mallott

Ben Mallott serves as the Vice President of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). AFN is Alaska's largest statewide Native organization whose membership includes 153 federally recognized tribes, 150 village Corporations and 12 regional tribal nonprofits. Prior to Mallott's current role as Vice President, Ben has served as Director of Communications and as Special Assistant to the President. Ben Mallott is Athabaskan and Tlingit and born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. Ben graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with concentration in Natural Resource Policy/Pre-Law and is currently working towards his Master in Public Administration and Policy through American University. Prior work experience includes internships with Sealaska Environmental and Governor Knowles's Boards and Commisssions Office. Mallott additionally possesses a commercial and multiengine pilot license. Ben Mallott has been involved with the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC) since 2015 and looks forward to building strong partnerships with Arctic nations and organizations around the Arctic and the world.                

Jennine Jordan, Gana-A’Yoo, Limited

Jennine Jordan serves as both Vice President and Special Assistant to the CEO at Gana-A’Yoo, Limited. In this role, she works with the Operations team and is an active member of the Business Development team. Bringing a voice to Indigenous people on policy issues is important for Jennine. She serves on the Arctic Economic Council on behalf of the Arctic Athabascan Council (Alaska). Company website.
Gwich'in Council International (GCI) represents the Gwich'in in Canada and USA. The Gwich'in Council International (GCI) was established as a non-profit otganization in 1999 by the Gwich'in Tribal Council, in Inuvik, NWT, to ensure all regions on the Gwich'in Nation in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska are represented at the Arctic Council, as well as to play an active and significant role in the Development of policies that relate to the Circumpolar Arctic. GCI has a number of priorities that relate to the environment. Website.

Geordie Hungerford

Geordie Hungerford is senior legal counsel, corporate finance at a Canadian government securities regulator. He is Gwich’in and sits on the Gwich’in Development Corporation board. Company website.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) represents approximately 160,000 Inuit in Alaska/United States, Canada, Greenland/Denmark and Chukotka/Russia. Founded in 1977 by the late Eben Hopson Sr. in Barrow, Alaska, the ICC has flourished and grown into a major international indigenous peoples organization. Website.
RAIPON was founded in 1990 at the first Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the North of USSR. Now RAIPON is the Russian umbrella organization which organizes 35 regional and ethnic organizations of indigenous peoples in the regions where they live. RAIPON represents 41 groups of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. The total number of People is more than 270 thousand and they live in 60 % of the Whole Territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to Kamchatka. The purpose of RAIPON is to protect indigenous peoples' human rights, defend their legal interests, assist in solving environmenta, social, economic, cultural and educational issues, and to promote their right to self governance. RAIPON works with the State Duma and the Government of the Russian Federation regarding legislation related to indigenous peoples' issues. Website.

Grigory Ledkov, RAIPON

Grigorii Ledkov is Nenets, and was born in the city of Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO), Russia.  He holds two university degrees: one in Cultural Studies from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia; the other in Law from St. Petersburg State University. Ledkov has a wide ranging work experience. He started his professional life as a curriculum developer at the Ethno-Cultural Center in the NAO and later led this  institution as Director. Some years later Grigory moved to Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YNAO) and worked there in different positions, including as Head of Administration of the village of Gydan, Taz municipality; the Director of the municipal institution "Management of Municipal Property" and the Chair of the Reindeer Herding Production Cooperative "Taz". In 2011 he was elected to the Parliament of the Russian Federation (RF) and was reelected in 2016, representing the YNAO in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. As a member of Parliament, he has focused on Indigenous Peoples polices, as well as Circumpolar North and Arctic issues. He is a head of a working group on the development of federal laws on indigenous peoples’ rights, in the Committee on Nationalities of the State Duma of the RF. He is also the head of the permanent delegation of the State Duma to the Nordic Council. In March 2013 he was elected as President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East (RAIPON).  He is married and has four children.

Sergey Sizonenko, RAIPON

Vice Chair of RAIPON Business Council. Sergey Sizonenko is Dolgan and grew up in the village of Karaul, Ust-Yenisei district of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. He has two university degrees in Law. He has gained work experience in multiple environments including in the administration of the Taymyr Dolgan-Nenets District, the District's Parliament, the NadymGazprom Company, the reindeer herding enterprise Suzun, and more. His Public Activity both at the federal Levels is very high. Sizonenko is Deputy Chairman of the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets Autonomous District Council and a Chairman of the Permanent Committee on the North, Subsurface Resources Management, Environment and Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr. He was also elected to be Vice Chair of the RAIPON Business Council. Sergey's hobbies are chedd and Taekwondo in which he holds a Second Degree black belt. He is married and has a daughter.  

Lyubov Peshperova, RAIPON

Liubov Peshperova was born in the village of Shunurak, Tuochak in the district og Altain. She is Kumandin by nationality. In 1975, she graduated from Altai State Pedagogical Institute as a teacher of biology. She has gained work experience in the university, regional administration and business. In 1992, she established her own company that has focus on trade, Food production and tourism. Since 1999, she has also been working in local and regional indiginous organizations and in 2013 was elected as President of "Ringing Cedars", the regional Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Altai Republic. Her Public service work was also at the federal level and she was elected as a Vice President of RAIPON on the Development og Entrepreneurship and as Vice Chair of the RAIPON Business Council.  

Arctic Partner

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is a private, for-profit corporation that is owned by and represents the business interests of its approximately 12,000 Iñupiat Eskimo shareholders in the eight villages within the region: Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut, Kaktovik and Anaktuvuk Pass. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. ASRC’s mission is to actively manage our businesses, our lands and resources, our investments, and our relationships to enhance Iñupiaq cultural and economic freedom – with continuity, responsibility, and integrity. Lines of Business: Energy Support Services, Petroleum Refining and Marketing, Government Services, Construction, Industrial Services, Resource Development
Cosco Shipping Lines Finland Oy works with shipping, railway and logistics service, offshore new build and ship building as well as port terminal operations and investment.
Statoil is an international energy company and the world’s largest offshore operator, with 20 500 employees and operations in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company’s headquarter is in Stavanger, Norway. Statoil aims to be the world’s most carbon-efficient oil and gas producer, as well as driving innovation in offshore wind. Statoil recognize expert scientific consensus on human-induced climate change, and support action to meet the 2-degree target, the COP21 Paris agreement, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Statoil is the leading offshore operator in the Norwegian Barents Sea, and has produced gas from the region since 2007. Statoil has during recent years developed a portfolio of new energy solutions, currently delivering wind power to 650,000 British households. Company website. 
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the Alaska Native Village Corporation for Barrow, Alaska and provides social and economic resources to over 2,900 shareholders and their descendants. Since its establishment, UIC has diversified its investments and consistently ranks among the top-10 largest Alaskan-owned companies. UIC employs more than 3000 people and provides services to clients in a variety of industries, including operations in Barrow; construction; architecture and engineering; regulatory consulting; information technology; marine operations; and maintenance and manufacturing. Company Website. 

Permafrost Partner

Bioway AS is an indigenously owned company within the aquaculture technology business with its headquarter in Norway.
MENADO facilitates the development of North Atlantic/Arctic networks connecting Maine businesses, educators and innovation leaders with regional opportunities for trade in goods, services and innovation exchanges.

Business profiles

Arctia Ltd.

Pao Sovcomflot

ASRC Arctic Alaska

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Norsk olje og gass

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association