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Monday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Transportation and Infrastructure Finance: Session II

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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.

Session Agenda

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

Part C: Leveraging new US and Canadian Infrastructure Funds with private sector partnerships
With the passage of the 2015 FAST Act and the Omnibus Budget bill, there will be close to $3 Billion in discretionary grant funding available in the US for infrastructure projects while Northwest states have been awarded major “Tiger” grants. The Government of Canada through the Investing in Canada plan will double existing funding ($180B over 12 years)  to “create long term economic growth, support low carbon green economies and build inclusive communities”.  Meanwhile, public private partnerships – more prevalent in Canada than the US - can bring private sector innovation, expertise, and capital while protecting public interest.
  • Co-moderated by Leslie Blakely, President, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors  
  •  Marie-Claude Petit, Director General, Transportation Infrastructure Programs, Transport Canada
  • Graham Sucha, MLA , Alberta Legislative Assembly  
  • Mark Romoff, Director, Canadian Council on Public Private Partnerships 
  •  Traci Couture, District Director, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)

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 →

Shawn Bills

State Director, Office of Senator Patty Murray
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Leslie Blakey

President, Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors
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Traci Couture

District Director, Office of Rep McMorris Rodgers
Traci previously served as Operations Director at the Spokane Teaching Health Center, where she was responsible for designing a new, inter-professional medical clinic. She grew up in Walla Walla, WA and graduated from Walla Walla High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business... Read More →
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Jeff Marker

Freight Program Manager, Idaho Transportation Department
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Marie-Claude Petit

Director General, Transportation Infrastructure Programs, Transport Canada
Marie-Claude Petit assumes, since June 27, 2016, the functions of Director General, Surface Infrastructure Programs at Transport Canada, after four years as executive director of Communications in this department.As Director General of the Transportation Infrastructure Programs at... Read More →
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Mark Romoff

Canadian Council on P3s, CEO & President
Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP).Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada's leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Graham Sucha

Member of the Legislative Assembly-Alberta, Vice President, Pacific Northwest Economic Region
He currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future and is a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills. Mr. Sucha also serves on the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention. Mr. Sucha previously served as a member of the Standing Committee... 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 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Birch Ballroom