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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
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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

Kathleen Tipton (President) graduated from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design in Toronto in 1985. Her thesis centred on a proposal for the design and construction of a Scientific Resource Centre situated near Radstock Bay on Devon Island, Nunavut. The Government of Canada produced a White Paper on the subject of a resource centre for Maxwell Bay one month following the publication of her thesis. She moved to Finland in 1986 to work with various architectural firms, and in 1995 co-founded Arkos Arkkitehdit, a multidisciplinary design cooperative. During this period she also studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology as well as Finnish, philology, film and Russian architectural history at the University of Helsinki. After returning to Canada, she embarked on aircrew training in 2005 with the Royal Canadian Air Force at the Canadian Forces Schools of Aerospace Control Operations (Cornwall) and Air Navigation (Winnipeg), finishing a course of study in Borden at the CF School of Administration and Logistics as an Air Logistics Officer in Transportation and Air Movements in 2010. She returned north of the 60th parallel in 2015, serving as Liaison Officer for CJOC’s Joint Task Force North, Detachment Yukon. In 2018, she received the Commissioner’s Commendation Award from the Honourable Doug Phillips, Commissioner of Yukon, for her excellence while serving as the Commissioner’s military aide-de-camp. Currently in Ottawa with Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group J4 in charge of infrastructure for CAF TG Transition Units and Transition Centres across Canada.

John Gilbert (Vice-President) received his early education at King Alfred School under the headmaster Frederick Spencer Chapman, a member of the 1930-31 British Arctic Air-Route Expedition and a subsequent Greenland Expedition in 1932–33. Immigrating to Canada in 1953, John developed an interest in radio communications and from 1956 to 1958 served as a Radio Operator at Resolute Bay and Eureka, Nunavut. He travelled to Eureka on the icebreaker D’Iberville. He then followed a career in telecommunications and information technology. He was the Executive Secretary of the 1984 Worldwide Commission on Telecommunications under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union, a UN specialized agency. He has been associated for many years with UNESCO. John has maintained a life-long interest in the High Arctic and has compiled a collection of photographs, documents and stories on the Joint Arctic Weather Stations: 1947-72. He curated the 2014 exhibit "The Polar Adventures of Andrew Taylor" assisted by a Northern Studies Award and Research Grant Program from the University of Manitoba.

Peter Morse (Past-President) is a Natural Resources Canada research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada specializing in permafrost and periglacial geomorphology, and he is the current Secretary of the Canadian Permafrost Association ( His relationship with Arctic began in 2004 with graduate research in the western Canadian Arctic where he investigated near-surface permafrost conditions at the Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary. After receiving 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 began shortly after the start of his graduate research. He has been on the Committee and has been the Circle's webmaster since 2009.

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

Guy R. Brassard is a retired Science Advisor (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, 1989-2005) and Biology Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (1970-89). His first arctic work was in 1964 (Operation Tanquary, northern Ellesmere Island) as a botany student. This was followed by two more summers (1967; 1969) of botanical field work, also on northern Ellesmere.  His special interest was in arctic mosses, and his Ph.D. in 1970 was on the mosses of northern Ellesmere Island, with an overview for the Queen Elizabeth Islands. While at Memorial University, his botanical research (and that of his graduate students) continued on arctic mosses, mainly analysing large scale distribution patterns. This involved more field work in several arctic areas: Ellesmere and Baffin Is., Greenland, and arctic Alaska.  In addition, he and his students carried out considerable bryological (moss-related) research in Labrador and on the island of Newfoundland. Member of the Arctic Circle since the mid-1960s, and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America, he lives in Ottawa. His personal interests include gardening, square dancing, and high arctic exploration (esp. collecting old expedition reports).

Luke Copland  is a Professor and holder of the University Research Chair in Glaciology at the University of Ottawa, where he directs the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research ( His research focuses on the dynamics and recent changes of glaciers and ice shelves, primarily in northern Canada. This research combines remote sensing with field measurements, and is primarily aimed at understanding the controls on ice motion and glacier mass balance, and how these may change under a changing climate.

Peter Croal is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and has a B.Sc. in Geology from Carleton University (1979). For over 35 years he has been working in the field of International development, focusing on the relationship between environmental resources and poverty in developing countries and the Canadian Arctic. Peter is particularly interested in how climate change affects developing countries, and how the knowledge of Indigenous peoples can be applied to developmental challenges.  He also works aboard expedition cruise ships to Antarctica and the Canadian Arctic as a guide and lecturer. In 2015 Peter started a reconciliation project called the National Healing Forest Initiative ( The project is an invitation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, institutions, and individuals to create green spaces across Canada to honour residential school victims, survivors, and their families, as well as murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and children who have been removed from their families and are now caught in the welfare system.

Lynn Gillespie  is a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature specializing in 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 has been involved in Arctic research since 1994 and has spent many summers conducting fieldwork across the Canadian Arctic, from Baffin to the McKenzie Delta, and Ellesmere to southernmost Nunavut. Her current Arctic research is focused on understanding the distribution and evolution of flowering plants in the Arctic ecozone of Canada. She served on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Circumpolar Flora Group, and contributed to the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report.

Kathy Haycock, originally from Ottawa, grew up in a world filled with stories and landscape paintings of the Arctic. Her Dad was Maurice Haycock, northern Geologist and Arctic painter. Kathy completed undergraduate work in Psychology at Carleton University. She continued to work there as a research assistant and in England at Cambridge University before joining the “back to the land” movement in the Upper Ottawa Valley near Eganville in 1973. She began weaving tapestries of the landscape, and with her husband started a handcrafted log home building company. Early trips north with her Dad on his painting trips further instilled her early love for the profound beauty, fragility and powerful influence of the Arctic. In 1998 Kathy began oil painting. She has returned North numerous times, though not as often as her Dad, on extensive painting trips in Greenland, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Alaska. Kathy is a professional artist, an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Artists for Conservation, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Her art is collected worldwide. She continues to travel to the North and to the American Southwest to paint.

Janice Lang (Biography to follow)

Leslie Reid studied at Queen’s University and continued her studies at art college in England. On her return to Canada, she taught Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she is now Professor Emerita. She exhibited in the landmark Some Canadian Women Artists, (National Gallery of Canada), and represented Canada at the Paris Biennale. Her retrospective exhibition Leslie Reid A Darkening Vision was curated by Diana Nemiroff (Carleton University Art Gallery) and her paintings were exhibited in Builders: The Canadian Biennial (National Gallery of Canada). She has had solo exhibitions in Canada, England, France and the USA. Her recent work results from travel to the High Canadian and Norwegian Arctic regions, and explores climate change and sovereignty issues and their effects on northern communities. Participation in the Canadian Forces Artists Program resulted in the solo installation Mapping a Cold War, The Military Museums, Calgary. Video work from her participation with Canada C3 2017 expedition, travelling through the Northwest Passage, was shown in Open Channels, Ajagemo Gallery, Canada Council.  She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa, as well as awards from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and in public and private collections across Canada. She is currently preparing the exhibition Dark Ice for the Ottawa Art Gallery in collaboration with Robert Kautuk, Inuk photographer from Kangiqtugaapik, Nunavut.

Doreen Riedel  (Biography to follow)

France Rivet is a traveler, photographer, author and researcher, and she is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the founder of Polar Horizons, an enterprise that is dedicated to making the Arctic, its nature, people and history better known. Her book In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab reveals the results of her four-year research to demystify the events surrounding the death, in Europe in 1880–1881, of eight Labrador Inuit who were being exhibited in zoos. Her research is featured in the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo, which aired on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. In 2017, France was nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research (TV). 

Chris Scullion (Biography to follow)

Anne Adams Simpson was born and raised in British Columbia, but she moved to Ottawa to study and first became a member of the Arctic Circle in 2018 after attending several meetings with her grandfather, Peter Adams, who was a glaciologist and politician. In 2017, she had the opportunity to live in Yellowknife as part of her Master’s degree in International Affairs, experiencing the North for the first time. Beginning her career in negotiations with Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada, Anne is now a Senior Advisor for Northern Affairs Canada. Personally and professionally, Anne has a passion for the North.

John Stone is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Spectroscopy (1969) and an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry (1966) from the University of Reading UK. He held Post-Doctoral Fellowships, with the National Research Council of Canada and the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Scientific Committee, an Associate Editor of Environmental Reviews and a Board member of the Pembina Institute. His experiences since retiring from the Canadian Public Service in 2005 include: Visiting Fellow, International Development Research Council. Prior to retiring he served as Executive Director (Climate Change) for the Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada. His current and past professional responsibilities include: Member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), specifically as Vice-chair of Working Group I for Third Assessment Report and Vice-chair of Working Group II for Fourth Assessment Report. He was most recently a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report.