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The Arctic Circle is non-profit, volunteer organization made up of people who enjoy learning, talking and sharing information about the North.

The annual cost of membership is….

  • Regular:
    (residents of the National Capital Region): $30.00
  • Out of town:
    (living outside the National Capital Region): $20.00
  • Students:

New members may join and memberships may be renewed in person at the meetings, on-line here, or by mailing this form. Note that on-line membership dues are slightly higher to cover costs.

The Executive

Luke Copland (President) is a professor and Director of the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. He currently holds the University Research Chair in Glaciology and has worked on the glaciers of the Canadian High Arctic since the mid-1990s, as well as glaciers in the Yukon, Alps, Andes, Himalayas and Antarctica. He undertakes frequent fieldwork on Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands, as well as in Kluane National Park in the Yukon, and much of his research is focused on glacier dynamics and how it may change under a warming climate. He has also worked extensively on the ice shelves of northern Ellesmere Island since the mid-2000s, and their associated ice islands. He currently supervises 8 graduate students, and is chair of the Northern Scientific Training Program at the University of Ottawa. More information about his research is available at Luke is the key contact for the Circle and he can be reached at

Peter Morse (Vice President) is a Natural Resources Canada research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada specializing in permafrost and periglacial geomorphology. His relationship with Arctic began in 2004 when he began graduate research  in the western Canadian Arctic where his research focused on near-surface permafrost conditions at the Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary. After recieving his PhD in Geography from Carleton University he was awarded a postdoctoral position as an NSERC Visiting Research Fellow in a Government Lab, which he held at the Survey within the Climate Change Geoscience Program. His involvement with the Circle, which began shortly after the start of his graduate research, has included membership on the Committee, and he has been the Circle's webmaster since 2009.

Lynn Gillespie (Past President) is a botanist with the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.  She has been involved in Arctic research since 1994 and has spent many summers conducting fieldwork across the Canadian Arctic.  Her research focuses on the Arctic flora and the systematics and evolution of flowering plants.  She studied biology at Carleton University and obtained her PhD in Botany from the University of California, Davis.  She is one of the authors of the 2007 Canadian Museum of Nature CD-ROM publication Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, a comprehensive guide to the 349 ferns and flowering plants of the Canadian Arctic Islands.  Currently, Lynn is co-leading the new Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project, which aims to produce a digital interactive guide to all ferns and flowering plants in the Arctic ecozone of Canada and northern Alaska.  She also represents Canada on the international Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Circumpolar Flora Group, and was a contributor to the 2013 Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report.

Thomas Frisch (Secretary) is a geologist (BSc Hons, Queen’s University, 1962, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara, 1967) who spent his entire professional career with the Geological Survey of Canada. His first experience of the Arctic was as a student assistant on a GSC field party in central Ellesmere Island in 1962. Tom subsequently spent some 23 summers in the North, working in the Precambrian Shield of the Eastern Arctic, northern mainland and Greenland. Although he retired in 1996, Tom continued his association with the GSC on a volunteer basis until 2011. Besides geology, Tom’s interests extend to book collecting (geology and Arctica) and Arctic history.

David Terroux (Treasurer) (Biography to follow)


The Committee

Carole Gobeil (Biography to follow)

Geoff Green (Biography to follow)

Paul Hamilton (Biography to follow)

Kenn Harper (Biography to follow)

Jack Ives (Biography to follow)

Janice Lang (Biography to follow)

Dorota Medrzycka (Biography to follow)

David Murray (Biography to follow)

Larissa Pizzolato (Biography to follow)

France Rivet (Biography to follow)

Natalia Rybczynski (Biography to follow)

Philip Schubert (Biography to follow)