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Circumpolar Innovation is a Course

Circumpolar Innovation

Ended May 4, 2015

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Starts February 23, 2015

This course examines the manner in which scientific and technological innovation, or the commercialization of technology-based products and services, is shaping the Circumpolar world. Nations around the world have identified innovation as being the cornerstone of economic competitiveness and critical to everything from job creation to environmental sustainability. Comparatively little effort, however, has been made to develop the research capabilities, highly qualified personnel and commercial environments necessary to promote northern economic and social development. This course looks at the global role of scientific and technological innovation and examines ways in which new technologies and new commercial processes can have a beneficial impact on the North.

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Kenneth Coates, Ph.D.

Kenneth Coates, Ph.D.


Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Raised in the Yukon, with a B.A. (history) from UBC, an M.A. (history) from Manitoba, and a Ph.D. (history) from UBC, Ken has worked at universities across Canada and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Waterloo. His co-authored work, Arctic Front, won the Donner Prize in 2009. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba Historical Society, the BC Historical Society, and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. Ken is the President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada. His research focuses on Aboriginal rights, science and technology policy, and northern development.