DATE: 28 – 30 October 2014
With a focus on Economic Development, Security and Public Safety, the MASS14 conference will bring together and showcase organizations that play a key role in the execution of Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety, whether that role be Cultural, Research, Government Policy/Regulation, Education, Surveillance, Enforcement, and Technology Development/Application. For MASS14, we have reached out to a wide cross-section of speakers and presenters to help make the conference a success. On behalf of the MASS14 Steering Committee, we look forward to you visiting St. John’s.
For decades the Arctic has received increasing attention from the international community related to considerations such as environmental, geopolitical, strategic, and security. There is general agreement that in the 21st Century there exists two main drivers for the increasing international interest in the Arctic and the associated Maritime environment – climate change and resource development. Most notably, the shrinking Arctic ice is leading to the pursuance of off-shore resources and the opening of northern shipping routes which highlight the Arctic as an emerging hub of economic activity. Also, a direct consequence of climate change in the Arctic is the blending of arctic security and safety with those traditionally associated with the Maritime environment.
An increase in both resource exploitation and northern maritime trade will necessitate a corresponding increase in situational and domain awareness to ensure adequate security, public and environmental safety. We are also aware that without the benefit of local and traditional knowledge, the sometimes harsh environment of the Arctic and its Maritime corridors can defeat, or render ineffective, the best that technology has to offer. Newfoundland and Labrador, with its long-time association with the Maritime and Arctic environments is geographically positioned to assume a strategic and lead role in Arctic economic development. Born out of our maritime history, the province is already host to a world class academic, R&D organizations and infrastructure to support the growth in the north.