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Monday, July 23 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Transportation and Infrastructure Finance: Session I

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The  full-day Transportation and Infrastructure Session will focus on “Reform, Market Access and Public/Private Innovative Finance” in three segments.

Bridging Cascadia: Cascadia Innovation Corridor and Ultra-High Speed Rail Study

BC Government update 
  • Rick Glumac,  Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, MLA, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Washington State update 
  • Charles Knutson, Adivsor, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington

Part A: Reforming the Permit Process
Rebuilding Northwest infrastructure requires a new permitting systemPermit delays dramatically adds to infrastructure project costs, prolongs bottlenecks for inland commodity access to international markets and delays project enhancements to reduce carbon. According to Common Ground, “America’s antiquated power grid, for example, wastes the equivalent of 200 coal-burning power plants.” Canada and the US could modernize their infrastructure while enhancing environmental benefits with a two-year approval process by consolidating decisions within a simplified framework. This framework would set deadlines and clear lines of accountability between federal, state/provincial, local, Tribal/First Nations and private sector partners.

Are the stars aligned in Washington DC for federal permit reform?
  • Moderated by Leslie Blakey, President, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors.
  • Speakers: TBD

Permit Reform at Local and State Level 
  • Zak Andersen, Vice President Corporate Relations, BNSF Railway

Part B: International Market Access 
For several years at PNWER sessions in Anchorage, Banff and Portland the Government of Alberta and Canpotex sponsored a series of interactive industry government workshops on enhancing international market access for PNWER jurisdictions. The PNWER Transportation Group adopted the policy recommendations and continues to support market access as a critical reason for infrastructure and technology-based supply chain investments.

Market Access Situation in Saskatchewan
  • Glen Hart, MLA, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly

Recapturimg our mojo in Western Canada for gateways and trade 
  •  Kleo Landucci, Managing Director, Ashcroft Terminal

Idaho’s gateway to world markets by River, Road, Rail and Air 
  •  David Doeringsfeld, General Manager, Port of Lewiston

Infrastructure and Market Access
  • James Thompson, Deputy Director, Washington Public Ports Association 

Truck Size and Weight Harmonization and Importance to Trade and Market Access
  • Jeff Marker, Freight Program Manager, Idaho Transportation Department 

More information about PNWER's Transportation Working Group:
The Transportation and Infrastructure Working Groups focuses on the infrastructure of our major corridors and gateways, with a special interest on border infrastructure. Traditional funding mechanisms for large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects are challenged by the absence of resources to explore innovative procurement methods.

The PNWER Innovative Infrastructure Finance Taskforce promotes best practices for public-private infrastructure financing.  Public-private partnerships, or P3s, are innovative financing models between governments and the private sector to build public infrastructure like roads, hospitals or schools, or to deliver services. Unlike traditional procurement arrangements, the public sector integrates all parts of a P3 project into one contract. The public sector owns the infrastructure and risk is spread between the private and public entities.

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Bruce Agnew

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Cascadia Center
Since 1993, Bruce Agnew has been the Policy Director of Seattle-based Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center. The Cascadia Center is a strategic alliance from Vancouver, BC, to Eugene, Oregon, promoting high speed passenger rail, Interstate-5 freight mobility, seamless border crossings... Read More →
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Zak Andersen

Vice President Corporate Relations, BNSF Railway
Zak Andersen grew up in Helena, Montana and received his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Montana. Before joining BNSF, Andersen’s government service included over eight years in various capacities for Senator Max Baucus, the last two as his Chief of Staff. While serving... Read More →
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Leslie Blakey

President, Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors
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David Doeringsfeld

General manager, Port of Lewiston
David Doeringsfeld has served as the General Manager of the Port of Lewiston for twenty four years.  As General Manager of Idaho’s only seaport, he is involved in numerous transportation, economic development and natural resource related issues.Before joining the Port, David worked... Read More →
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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, Working Group Co-Chair, British Columbia Legislative Assembly
Rick Glumac was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2017. Rick is the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology. Rick served as a city councillor for the city of Port Moody from 2011 to 2017 and has chaired the city's Economic Development Committee, Environmental Protection Committee... Read More →
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Charles Knutson

Executive Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Charles Knutson serves as Executive Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee. In this role, he provides strategic counsel to the Governor on transportation and economic development issues, leads policy initiatives and works with the Washington State Departments of Transportation, Commerce... Read More →
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Kleo Landucci

Managing Director, Ashcroft Terminal
As Managing Director of Ashcroft Terminal (AT), Ms. Landucci is responsible for all operationalaspects of the business in addition to developing and implementing the multi-faceted growthstrategy to drive long term growth. Ashcroft Terminal is an inland Rail Transloading & StorageTerminal... Read More →
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Glen Hart, MLA

Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Glen was first elected to represent the Last Mountain-Touchwood constituency for the Saskatchewan Party in 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016. During his two terms in opposition, Glen's critic duties included Post-Secondary Education, Highways and Transportation... Read More →
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James Thompson

Deputy Director, Washington Public Ports Association
In his role as Deputy Director, James Thompson brings a deep understanding of the commercial transportation and global logistics industry to the Association. He joined WPPA as Senior Director, Trade & Transportation for the WPPA, with past experience including roles in strategic logistics... Read More →
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Sen. Chuck Winder

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Legislature
Chuck is a member of the Idaho Senate serving his third term as an Idaho State Senator representing east Meridian and west Boise. He also serves at the Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader and is active on Transportation and State Affairs Committees. Chuck attended the College of... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Birch Ballroom