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[en] EkoNorth refers to Northern Construction/Infrastructure Innovation Cluster Devoted to Sustainable Northern Communities. The focus of this workshop was on developing links between various institutions, private industry and government. Participants were assembled from Labrador, Nunavik, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, representing private industry, governments, post-secondary institutions and research institutes. Issues concerning sustainable development and linkages between educational institutions, economic opportunities and the preservation of the environment were discussed. Demands and opportunities for construction solutions in Northern Canada were explored. Remote and cold regions design and construction issues were also discussed. Export potentials in a circumpolar market were reviewed. Community-based innovation, and business incentive policies were examined along with issues concerning housing needs, energy consumption issues and cost. The development of new types of energy sources was considered, as well as partnerships with industry, energy efficiency audits, and funding for energy efficiency upgrades. Funding to implement a virtual cluster and the issues concerning the development of roads using cold applied chip seal were also discussed. National and international markets were considered in relation to small and medium-sized northern enterprises. Municipal infrastructure requirements were reviewed, along with investment opportunities, wastewater treatment, technology transfer and the development of knowledge-based industries. A review of regulations and policies concerning human resources and training issues was presented. Financing approaches and risk capital were discussed, as well as research and development. Various initiatives for pilot projects and feasibility studies were also presented. 2 figs.