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Wednesday, July 25 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Columbia River Treaty: Session I

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Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • Working Group Co-Chairs
    • Sen. Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
    • David Hill, Director, Centres & Institiutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Canada and U.S. Negotiations
Lead negotiators to give a brief overview about the negotiation process.
  • Jill Smail, Columbia River Treaty Negotiator, Office of Canadian Affairs, US State Department
  • Sylvain Fabi, Executive Director, U.S. Transboundary Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Roundtable Listening Session
Opportunity for stakeholders to share the benefits and impacts of the Treaty, focusing on areas including ecosystems, tribal groups, utilities, tourism, agriculture, recreation, and more.
Government and Elected Officials:
  • Mark Peck, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Jerry Bennett, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Mike Cole, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Wes McCart, Commissioner, Stevens County
  • Deb Kozak, Mayor, City of Nelson
  • Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
  • Tom Kammerzell, Commissioner, Port of Whitman
  • Kristin Meira, Executive Director, PNW Waterway Association
  • Paul Amos, Captain, Columbia River Pilots
Tribal Government:
  • JoDe L. Goudy, Chairman, Yakama Nation Tribal Council
Non-Government Organizations and Academics:
  • John Osborn, MD, Ethics & Treaty Project Coordinator, Center for Environmental Law & Policy
  • Kindy Gosal, Director of Special Initiatives, Columbia Basin Trust
  • Greg Utzig, P.Ag., Kutenai Nature Investigations Ltd.
  • Barbara Cosens, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Andrew Munro, Senior Manager, Grant County PUD
  • Tim Culbertson, General Manager, Columbia Basin Hydro
Agriculture and Water Users:
  • Marci Green, President, WA Association of Wheat Growers
  • Michelle Hennings, Executive Director, WA Association of Wheat Growers
  • Tom Myrum, Executive Director, Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA)
Legislative Panel
Featuring representatives of jurisdictions surrounding the Columbia River to talk about effects of the CRT on livelihood.
  • Rep. Mary Dye, Washington State
  • Rep. Bruce Chandler, Washington State
  • Sen. Jim Honeyford, Washington State
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase, Washington State
  • Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho State
  • Speaker Scott Bedke, Idaho State
  • Rep. Mike Cuffe, Montana State
  • Sen. Keith Regier, Montana State Legislature
  • Minister Katrine Conroy, British Columbia
  • Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament
  • Richard Cannings, Member of Parliament

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Rep. Scott Bedke

Representative, Idaho State Legislature
Born in Twin Falls, Bedke graduated from Oakley High School, and later received his Bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University. He is the former president of the Idaho Cattle Association, former director of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a former Oakley... Read More →
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Rep. Bruce Chandler

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Bruce Chandler is serving his ninth term representing the 15th District, which is located in east Yakima County. Representative Chandler focuses on policies promoting water storage, economic growth and the safety of Washington's families. After serving several years as the ranking... Read More →
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Sen. Maralyn Chase

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
Senator Maralyn Chase is honored to represent the views and values of the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District.  She is guided by a firm commitment to principles of sustainability, justice and fairness and the Golden Rule. Senator Chase is the new Democratic Chair of the Senate... Read More →
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Hon. Katrine Conroy

Minister for MCFD; Minister responsible for CRT, CBT, and CPC, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn. She is the Minister of Children and Family Development. Minister Conroy served as the... Read More →
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Rep. Mike Cuffe

Legislator, Montana State Legislature
Mike Cuffe is a native of Lincoln County, Montana. He graduated from Lincoln County High School and earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Montana at Missoula. While many people in his generation elected to leave Lincoln County to pursue jobs elsewhere, Representative... Read More →
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Rep. Mary Dye

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Mary Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that... Read More →
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Sylvain Fabi

Executive Director, U.S. Transboundary Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Sylvain Fabi (BBA, Bishop’s University) worked in sales and marketing for pharmaceutical multinationals before joining a consulting firm specialized in small and medium-sized enterprises. He joined the Trade Commissioner Service of External Affairs and International Trade Canada... Read More →
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Sen. Lee Heider

Senator, Idaho Legislature
First elected to the chamber in 2010, Heider is chair of Idaho’s Health and Welfare committee, and is also a member of the Resources and Environment Committee. Heider earned his B.S. in Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University and his M.P.A. from Ball State University. His... Read More →
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David Hill

Program Director; Working Group Co-chair, Alberta Water Research Institute
David Hill is jointly appointed by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge as the Director of Development for the Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program. This initiative integrates academic training, fundamental and applied research from the college and university... Read More →
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Sen. Jim Honeyford

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Senator Honeyford has been a member of Washington’s Legislative Leadership for an extended period of time; serving as Republican Deputy Floor Leader (2015, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10) Republican Caucus Chair (2005-06), Majority Caucus Chair (2004) and Republican Whip (2001-02). Senator... Read More →
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Mayor Deb Kozak

Mayor, City of Nelson, BC
Deb Kozak is the first woman to serve as Mayor of the City of Nelson. During Deb’s three terms on City Council she became the President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. Deb also chairs the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee and is passionate... Read More →
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Richard Cannings, MP

Member of Parliament, House of Commons
A renowned natural historian, Richard Cannings was elected in 2015 as Member of Parliament for South Okanagan – West Kootenay. Cannings has worked tirelessly to protect B.C.’s great outdoors. He served for over a decade on the B.C Environmental Appeal Board and for eight years... Read More →
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Wayne Stetski, MP

Member of Parliament, House of Commons
Wayne Steski has spent his entire life in public service. As Mayor of Cranbrook, Stetski brought a collaborative approach to City Hall. As a Director on the Regional District of Easy Kootenay Board, he represented the region on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee... Read More →
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Sen. Keith Regier

Senator, Montana State Legislature
Senator Keith Regier is a retired elementary teacher who served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015, and was elected to the Montana Senate for the 2017-19 term. During his tenure as a state representative, Senator Reiger served as the House Majority Whip in 2011... Read More →
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Jill Smail

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Jill Smail joined the Office of Canadian Affairs as the U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator in October 2017. From July 2009-September 2017, she served as the Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, with a focus on Middle... Read More →

Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Birch Ballroom