Lessons from Norway: Developing a Dynamic Economy in the Far North – Luncheon

Tuesday, May 9
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Public Event - all welcome
Raven Landing, 1222 Cowles St
Christina Tachick
(907) 374-6705

Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Weekly Business Luncheon

Doors open and networking begins at 11:30am; program begins promptly at 12:00pm.


  • Chamber Members
    • Lunch ticket - $20/person 
    • Table Sponsorship - $240 *includes 8 lunch tickets and guaranteed premium seating 
  • Public
    • Lunch ticket - $25/person 
    • Table Sponsorship - $280 *includes 8 lunch tickets and guaranteed premium seating 

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Please help us welcome our special guests from Norway, who will be discussing innovation and economic development in the Far North. They will share best practices from Norway and emphasize opportunities for developing a dynamic economy in the Far North, focusing on possibilities for Interior Alaska. This business luncheon is a part of the Week of the Arctic (May 8 – 12), which will feature presentations, workshops, receptions and cultural celebrations highlighting key themes and accomplishments of the Arctic Council and broader Arctic efforts.

Featured speakers

Morten Brugård, Senior Advisor, Innovation Norway

Based in Vadsø, Morten Brugård is a senior advisor with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Mr. Brugård is responsible for Innovation Norway’s Arctic 2030 plan on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through the plan, 17.5 million USD have been made available to strengthen business cooperation with Russia and other Arctic states, Nordic neighbors, other European countries and others with an interest in the Arctic.

Mr. Brugård holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Strategy and Management from the Norwegian School of Economics. He was an exchange student in Russia where he learnt Russian language and studied Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Grad School of Management in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Brugård also studied business opportunities in North-West Russia at University of Nordland, Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World at the University of Tromsø and Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Making at Peking University summer school. Mr. Brugård has also taken part in The International Visitor Leadership Program which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

Prior to joining Innovation Norway Mr. Brugard was project manager for an EU program aiming to facilitate cross border entrepreneurship between Sweden, Finland, Russia and Norway. Mr. Brugård’s background is in banking and finance. Innovation Norway website

Iulie Aslaksen, Co-Editor, The Economy of the North and Senior Researcher, Statistics Norway

Iulie Aslaksen, PhD, is Senior Researcher in the Research Department of Statistics Norway with expertise in ecological economics, environmental policy and sustainable development indicators. Since 2006 she has been co-editor for the ECONOR reports on the economy of the circumpolar Arctic, which is a project to provide an updated overview of the economy, living conditions and environment in the circumpolar Arctic, with data and knowledge provided by the circumpolar ECONOR network of statisticians and researchers. See The Economy of the North 2015