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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

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

John Bennett was a student of one of the Arctic Circle’s founders, Graham Rowley, while in the Master’s program in Canadian Studies at Carleton University. His MA research focussed on perspectives of Pangnirtung Inuit on the whaling era. After graduating he worked for the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (now Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) including as an editor of Inuktitut magazine. He later collaborated with Susan Rowley on Uqalurait: an Oral History of Nunavut (McGill-Queens University Press 2004). Subsequently he worked in communications with the Canadian Polar Commission and with Polar Knowledge Canada, where he is now on staff. John is a past president of the Arctic Circle.

Christopher Burn is Chancellor's Professor of Geography at Carleton University. His principal research interests are in permafrost and ground ice as they occur in Yukon and western Arctic Canada. He currently directs a joint program with Transportation Engineering (Highways and Public Works Yukon) on the effects of climate change on the stability and sustainability of the Dempster Highway. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Permafrost Association. Chris was awarded the Canadian Polar Medal in November 2018.

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.

David Gray is a researcher, writer, and filmmaker. His main interests are the behaviour of Arctic mammals and the history of the Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE) of 1913-1918. He has made over 40 research trips to the Arctic including all seasons of the year. David has been an educator on thirteen Students on Ice expeditions. He directed the film, Arctic Shadows: the Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson. David has written two books on Arctic subjects (The Muskoxen of Polar Bear Pass and Alert: Beyond the Inuit Lands), and produced two Virtual Museum of Canada exhibitions (Ukaliq: the Arctic Hare and Northern People: Northern Knowledge). He curated a major exhibition on the CAE, Expedition Arctic: 1913 – 1918, for the Canadian Museum of Civilization. David is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and was named as one of Canada’s 100 modern explorers by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Janice Lang (Biography to follow)

Leslie Reid (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). 

Donat Savoie obtained in 1969 a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs where he held several senior positions related to Inuit, Arctic and Circumpolar Affairs. He retired in 2006. In 2001, he was appointed by the Minister Chief Federal Negotiator for the Nunavik Self-government project. Appointed in 2005 the first Executive Director of the Inuit Relations Secretariat, position created in the context of the Kelowna Accord. After his retirement, he acted as Strategic Advisor to the Office of the president of Makivik Corporation. In 2010, appointed Knight of the National Order of Québec by the Premier of Québec and is the 2016 Recipient of the Polar Medal of the Governor General of Canada.

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 (Biography to follow)