Canada and U.S. to Conduct Second Joint Survey of Extended Continental Shelf in the Arctic

(No. A/78 - July 27, 2009) Canadian and U.S. officials participating in the second joint survey of the extended continental shelf will hold a technical briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2009, to discuss the upcoming mission in the Arctic.

Canadian officials will participate by telephone, and will include the two leading scientists on the survey from Natural Resources Canada’s Arctic research program, as well as representatives from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. U.S. officials participating from Washington will include senior representatives of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Senior officials from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Coast Guard, and scientists from the University of New Hampshire will also join the press conference via telephone.

Event: Joint technical briefing

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Time: 10:30 a.m. EDT

Location: Room 6320, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. Media enter at 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may begin their set-up at 9:45 a.m. They must arrive by 10:10 a.m. to be granted access to the briefing.

To attend, media representatives must present one of the following: a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), a media-issued photo identification card, or a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s licence or passport).

Media representatives wishing to participate are requested to RSVP by calling the Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office at 613-995-1874.

Those wishing to participate by teleconference should call 1-888-677-1819; the password will be “ARCTICSURVEY.”

For more information, please contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada