The Canadian Polar Commission was created by act of Parliament in 1991, and is a function of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. It is in charge of overseeing research and scientific expedition in the Arctic, coordinating international polar affairs, and the government’s public relations as they involve the Arctic.
The chairs of the Canadian Polar Commission have been:
Whitney Fraser, 1991-99.
Michael P. Robinson, 1999-2002.
Peter Graham Johnson, 2002-05.
Thomas C. Hutchinson, 2005-10.
Bernard Funston, 2010-14.
Edward G. Lennox, 2014-now.