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Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

Registration
Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
First Floor Ballroom Foyer

12:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Luncheon
Closed meeting

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

1:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Open to all

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room 2

4:30pm

(Invitation Only) Ride the Rails with PNWER from Spokane to Sandpoint!
Join us for a reception as we travel roundtrip between Spokane WA and Sandpoint, ID via private BNSF railcar on the evening of Sunday, July 22nd. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the route and connect with regional transportation and economic development leaders before the PNWER Annual Summit swings into full gear.

Please note due to limited capacity, this is an invitation-only event. Contact Jennifer Grosman at jennifer@pnwer.org for further details.  An alternative Sunday evening event is being planned for those unable to join the train tour.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:30pm - 8:30pm
BNSF Railcar

5:00pm

Networking Reception at Dry Fly Distilling
For those not attending the BNSF train trip, you are invited to join PNWER attendees at Dry Fly Distilling for a networking reception and opportunity to learn more about the first distillery to open in Washington state. Participants will be taken on a tour of the distillery and be treated to a whiskey tasting.

Founded in 2007, Dry Fly was the first distillery in the state of Washington since the prohibition days. Dry Fly features local and sustainable ingredients like Eastern Washington soft white winter wheat, Washington malted barley. Fly fishing enthusiasts and co-owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth were also responsible for the Craft Distillers Bill which was the catalyst for the Washington State craft distillery movement.

Dry Fly sources its ingredients from local farms in beautiful Eastern Washington. Don and Kent have long-established relationships with a handful of farmers whom they trust to deliver consistent, quality ingredients that are evident in every drop of Dry Fly spirits. They reflect the beauty of the area into spirits made from local ingredients and from sustainable farms. Because of this, Dry Fly Distilling has achieved a true farm to bottle operation. Every drop of liquor is hand-crafted and pure. This is obvious in the unique flavor, which has won awards worldwide.

With a range of acclaimed products including vodka, gin, and whiskies, Dry Fly Distilling will continue to offer impressive spirits including a ten-year single malt due out soon. We also look forward to winning more awards and impressing more taste buds in the time to come! But you can always count on us to use the finest local ingredients and never compromise our quality distilling process.

More information at http://www.dryflydistilling.com


Sunday July 22, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dry Fly Distilling

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Hosted by Andeavor

Sunday July 22, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Terrace East
 
Monday, July 23
 

7:00am

Registration
Monday July 23, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
First Floor Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Breakfast
Opening ceremonies featuring PNWER Officers and a keynote trade panel featuring Colin Robertson, Vice President and fellow with Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Dan Ujzco, Of Counsel and Cross Border Practice Group  Chair with Dickinson Wright, and Chris Sands, Senior Research Professor with the Johns Hopkins Center School of Advanced International Studies and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies. The panel will be moderated by former US Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Hosted by BNSF Railway

Click here for TVW's broadcast of the event

Co-Chairs
avatar for Ambassador David Wilkins

Ambassador David Wilkins

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Ambassador David Wilkins is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group with a special focus on U.S.- Canada interests.   He proudly served as U.S. ambassador to Canada from June 2005 to January 2009, appointed... Read More →

Speakers
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Colin Robertson

Vice President and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast.  He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fe... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sands

Chris Sands

Senior Research Professor, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins Center School of Advanced International Studies
Christopher Sands is a Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a graduate division of Johns Hopkins University. Professor Sands teaches courses on Federalism in North America and... Read More →
avatar for Dan Ujczo

Dan Ujczo

Of Counsel and Cross Border (Canada - U.S.) Practice Group Chair, Dickinson Wright
Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters. Dan also coordinates Dickinson Wright’s innovative Canada-U.S. Platform.Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Grand AB

9:15am

Trade: Session I (Trade)
NAFTA Modernization - 
Update on Negotiations and where things currently stand related to US-Canada Trade
In November 2016, PNWER established a NAFTA Modernization Task Force to develop a regional bi-national consensus of recommendations needed to update the agreement. The Task Force held monthly calls to discuss key areas of interest to include in a modernized agreement and to develop a survey to collect feedback from economic sectors across the bi-national region. With NAFTA renegotiation ongoing, PNWER provides regular updates on the process to stakeholders. This continues to be a priority for PNWER delegation visits to Ottawa and D.C.
www.http://www.pnwer.org/nafta-modernization.html

Update on NAFTA negotiations
  • Chris SandsSenior Research Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Canadian Studies
  • Colin Robertson, Vice President and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Dan Ujzco, Of Counsel and Cross Border (Canada - U.S.) Practice Group Chair, Dickinson Wright

Regulatory Cooperation - What is the potential impact of expanding regulatory alignment?  What opportunities exist for expanding cooperation at both the federal and state/prov./territory levels? 
PNWER played a significant role in getting the Regulatory Cooperation Council started in 2011 and our partners provided input on several initiatives impacting our region. As we move toward examining the future of the RCC we are also examining how states and provinces might streamline regulations on a regional level.   What suggestions do we have for expanding the Regulatory Cooperation Council initiative between the US and Canada?  How can states and provinces work together to cooperate on regional regulatory issues?

  • Bob Carberry, Founder, Carberry Insights and Associates Inc, Chief strategist for the Canada-US regulatory cooperation effort between 2011 and 2016.

Private sector perspective on NAFTA, trade, and regulatory alignment
  • Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America

Click the link to see the Session Video

Hosted by Nelson Mullins and Trade for America


Speakers
avatar for Robert Carberry

Robert Carberry

Founder, Carberry Insights and Associates Inc.
Bob has a uniquely broad experience in all aspects of regulatory matters, having advanced his way through Government of Canada regulatory agencies from a technician level to senior management.  Over his 37 year he worked in laboratories, field inspection offices, district and regional... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Mike Cuffe

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 →
avatar for Bill Lane

Bill Lane

Executive Director, Trade for America
Bill is the Executive Director of Trade For America, a coalition building support for existing trade agreements and pursuing new trade deals. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition which supports U.S. funding for diplomacy and development.A 40-year Caterpillar... Read More →
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Colin Robertson

Vice President and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast.  He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fe... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sands

Chris Sands

Senior Research Professor, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins Center School of Advanced International Studies
Christopher Sands is a Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a graduate division of Johns Hopkins University. Professor Sands teaches courses on Federalism in North America and... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Trautman

Laurie Trautman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Border Policy Research Institute at WWU
Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research activities focused on the U.S. - Canada border, particularly in the region surrounding Washington State and British Columbia. Topics include... Read More →
avatar for Dan Ujczo

Dan Ujczo

Of Counsel and Cross Border (Canada - U.S.) Practice Group Chair, Dickinson Wright
Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters. Dan also coordinates Dickinson Wright’s innovative Canada-U.S. Platform.Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well... Read More →



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

9:15am

Disaster Resilience: Election Infrastructure & Cybersecurity
Following last year's successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, we are organizing another gathering of leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing.  Co-hosting the Disaster Resilience Symposium within the larger PNWER Summit provided attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.

Election Infrastructure & Cyber Security 
Elections were designated as part of our nation's  critical infrastructure in late 2016 by the Department of Homeland Security. The topic is both timely and relevant to our elected officials who will be in attendance at the PNWER Summit. The session will examine federal guidance for state and local election officials; current threats to election infrastructure; policies to protect election infrastructure; and methods to reassure the public.

Speakers
  • Patrick Massey, Regional Director, Office of Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Chad Houck, Deputy Secretary of State, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Idaho
  • Julie Wise, Director,  King County Department of Elections, Washington State
  • Dave Matthews, Cyber Expert, Consultant
  • More speakers TBA

www.regionalresilience.org

Speakers
avatar for Eric Holdeman

Eric Holdeman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local governments. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus... Read More →
avatar for Chad Houck

Chad Houck

Deputy Secretary, State of Idaho
Prior to working with the Secretary of States office, Mr Houck was a private consultant advising in operational and process improvements in the IT and commerce space. He has served on the Idaho Governors Cybersecurity Task Force, and is currently participating in the development of... Read More →
avatar for Patrick J. Massey

Patrick J. Massey

Regional Director, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Massey serves as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection responsible for assisting private and public sector partners enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructures in the Region 10 states of Alaska, Idaho... Read More →
avatar for David Matthews

David Matthews

Cyber Expert, Consultant
David Matthews is the former Director of Global Incident Response for Expedia, Inc. and the former Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Seattle. He has facilitated five regional cyber event exercises. He is also the founder of the Cyber Incident Response Coalition and... Read More →
avatar for Julie Wise

Julie Wise

Director, King County Department of Elections
Julie Wise was elected as the King County Elections Director in November 2015 and will serveduring the 2016-2019 term. King County is the 13th largest county in the nation and hasapproximately 1.28 million registered voters.Prior to her election in 2015, Wise served as the Deputy... Read More →



Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 10

9:15am

Carbon Policy and Energy Reliability
Energy Reliability in the Pacific Northwest

Current and proposed clean energy requirements and targets in Northwest cities,
states, and provinces that may impact grid reliability for consumers and industry. How
can these goals be achieved without any loss of reliability of the region-wide system?
How do we achieve climate targets while ensuring reliability for the public in the energy
systems which cross multiple boundaries?

Moderated by Phil Jones, former commissioner of the Washington Utilities and
Transportation Commission, Phil Jones Consulting,
George Caan, Executive Director, Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Amy Wheeless, Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
John Ollis, Power System Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Carl Imfoff, Manager Electricity, Market Sector, Pacific NorthWest National Laboratory
Arne Olson, Senior Partner, E3

Status of Carbon Policy in PNWER Jurisdictions


What is being proposed in your jurisdiction? How is your jurisdiction maintaining
competitiveness? What methodology is your jurisdiction using to measure carbon?

Sen. Michael Dembrow, Oregon
Robyn Luff, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Alberta
Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Government of British
Columbia
David Brock,  Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment
Washington State Legislator

Co-chairs: Rep. Deb Boone, Oregon

Speakers
avatar for David Brock

David Brock

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan
David M. Brock is Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment. In this role, he is responsible for overall strategic policy development as well as coordinating the analysis of cumulative effects. He has worked as a civil servant in Regina, Yellowknife... Read More →
avatar for George Caan

George Caan

Executive Director, Washington Public Utility District Association
George Caan has served as the executive director of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association since March of 2011. He serves as the professional leader and chief administrator of the 75-year-old trade association that represents 26 public utility districts across the state... Read More →
MD

Michael Dembrow

Senator, Oregon State Legislature
avatar for Hon. Robyn Luff

Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →
JO

John Ollis

Power System Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
avatar for Honourable Lana Popham

Honourable Lana Popham

Minister of Agriculture, Government of British Columbia
Lana Popham was first elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, since then she has been relected twice and is currently serving as British Columbia’s Minister for Agriculture. Lana grew up on Quadra Island where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 1

9:15am

Health Innovations
The PNWER Health Innovations session will focus on new technologies, collaborative research,  workforce training, and healthcare access. Our region is leading the way in innovative health solutions, and this session will showcase what our region has to offer.
  • Telemedicine
  • Opioid research and role of legislators
  • Biomedical research
  • WWAMI program

Welcome, Introductions, Opening Remarks and Overview of WWAMI
In the early 1970s, the University of Washington took on a bold challenge to train and prepare physicians to care for patients and communities throughout the WAMI states, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (Wyoming joined in 1996). Today, this regional medical education program known as WWAMI is heralded as one of the most innovative medical education and training programs in the country.
  • Dr. Darryl Potyk, MD,  Chief of Medical Education for the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership

Biomedical Research; How do governments ensure the region continues to lead in biomedical research
Biomedical research is an important economic driver for the Pacific Northwest.  As the region continues to lead in innovation through incumbent and emerging technologies learn how partnership can foster growth in research.  This panel will showcase best practices, partnerships and stress the importance of state and provincial leadership for encouraging biomedical research.
  • Dr. Alan Winter, PhD, Innovation Commissioner, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Dr. Nora Disis, MD, Director, Tumor Vaccine Medical Oncology, UW Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology
  • Marc Cummings, Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Washington Life Sciences

Telemedicine’s role and benefit for the region
Increased access to broadband telecommunications is enabling access to telemedicine tools for the region.  Learn how innovations in telemedicine are improving the quality of life here in the Northwest.  Hear from experts from the University of Washington and Microsoft about telemedicine and broadband access.
  • Dr. John Scott, Director of Telemedicine, University of Washington Medicine
  • Melissa Sassi, Senior Project Manager, Airband initiative, Microsoft
  • Jennifer Stoll, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, OCHIN

Opioid impacts and role of legislators
How Much Is the Opioid Crisis Costing Governments? Hear from Washington Legislators on the impacts of the opioid epidemic.  Learn how the University of Washington is working to stem the impacts from opioid abuse.
  • Dr. David J. Tauben MD, Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt
  • Rep. Nicole Macri, Washington State Legislature

Speakers
avatar for Marc Cummings

Marc Cummings

Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Washington Life Sciences
Marc Cummings is Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs for Life Science Washington (formerly WBBA). Mr. Cummings is responsible for federal and state policy as well as developing partnerships and facilitating strategic engagement with organizations that support the development... Read More →
avatar for David J. Tauben, M.D.

David J. Tauben, M.D.

Chief of Pain Medicine, UW Medicine
David Tauben, M.D., is a board certified physician at the Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt and chief of Pain Medicine for UW Medicine. He holds a UW endowed professorship in General Internal Medicine and the Hughes M. & Katherine G. Black Endowed Professorship in Health Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Nicole Macri

Rep. Nicole Macri

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district of Washington, which includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Montlake, University District, Ravenna... Read More →
avatar for Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD

Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD

Associate Dean, Translational Science, University of Washington Medical School
Dr. Disis received her M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical School and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her fellowship in oncology was completed at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson... Read More →
avatar for Darryl Potyk, MD

Darryl Potyk, MD

Chief of Medical Education, Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Dr. Darryl Potyk is a geriatrics doctor in Spokane, Washington and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Deaconess Hospital and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital. He received his medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC... Read More →
avatar for John D. Scott, MD, MSc

John D. Scott, MD, MSc

Medical Director, Telehealth, Harborview Medical Center
Dr. Scott's research focuses on viral hepatitis and the use of telehealth technologies to improve care of patients with Infectious Disease issues. Dr. Scott has an active research program with novel antivirals and diagnostics, in partnership with pharmaceutical companies. Along with... Read More →
avatar for Alan Winter, PhD

Alan Winter, PhD

B.C.'s Innovation Commissioner, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Dr. Alan E. Winter was appointed British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner on February 5, 2018. In this position he is to be an advocate and ambassador on behalf of the B.C. technology sector in Ottawa and abroad, to enable B.C. companies to more easily tap into existing... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Sassi

Melissa Sassi

Senior Manager of the Airband Initiative, Microsoft
As a Senior Manager in Microsoft Airband Initiative, Melissa Sassi is responsible for increasing access to the Internet within unconnected communities across the United States. Sassi’s focus includes business development, project management, community engagement, thought leadership... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Stoll

Jennifer Stoll

Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, OCHIN
As a member of the OCHIN executive team, Jennifer Stoll is responsible for government relations, public affairs, and media relations. She develops and implements the organization’s political engagement strategy with federal, state and local elected officials, regulatory agencies... Read More →



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

9:15am

Mining
The Mining Working Group identifies best practices for environmental sustainability and engaging indigenous groups to improve the quality of life in the region while fostering economic development. The working group aims to show how development, when done responsibly, supports economic growth and increases the standard of living.
  • Infrastructure development in the North: What are the opportunities for the Ambler Road mining district in Alaska. How is the investment in Canada going to shape the future of mining in the North
  • New technologies impact on mining

Co-Chairs:
Representative David Talerico, Alaska State Legislature
David Ramsay, Fortune Minerals Limited

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • Working Group Co-Chairs

Showcasing redevelopment of legacy mines
The Stibnite Gold Project site is an example of redevelopment on a legacy mine site that is need of mitigation.  Midas Gold has a plan for restoration and sustainable operations with the goal of cleaning up past exploration and mine production that takes care of the environment.
  • Stephen Quin, President, CEO & Director, Midas Gold Corporation
  • Laurel Sayer, President and CEO, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

Demand for new technologies driving new mines in North America
Cobalt is critical in the production of rechargeable batteries.  Demand for these technologies is driving the need for more production.  As the only environmentally permitted, primary cobalt project in the United States, the ICP has the opportunity to become a reliable and transparent source of cobalt supply in the face of rapidly growing demand for the metal.
  • Rick Honsinger, Senior Vice President,  eCobalt Solutions, Inc.

Current update on Mining and Outlook for 2019
Panel showcase of mining in the region
  • Lindsay Kislock, Vice President, Corporate Affairs; Mining Association of BC
  • Terry Van Horn, Executive Director, Trail & Area Regional Economic Development Office, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corp (LCIC)

Mining Roundtable 
A Round Robin panel of stakeholders and legislators from across PNWER will showcase mining, legislative, regulatory, and finance issues from various PNWER jurisdictions. They will also explore how they are proposing to move forward and address these emerging challenges.

Hosted by Midas Gold Idaho


Speakers
avatar for Rick Honsinger

Rick Honsinger

Senior Vice President, eColbalt Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Honsinger’s geological and technical background brings over 30 years of project management, exploration and Q.P. related experience to the Company. He is Senior Vice President overseeing Technical and Business Development, Communications and related compliance and has managed... Read More →
avatar for Terry Van Horn

Terry Van Horn

Executive Director, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation
Terry proudly grew up in Mackenzie BC, as small forestry town in Northern BC. She attended BCIT where she became a chemical technologist and met her husband Jim. After graduation they moved to Prince George where she worked in the brewing and pulp and paper industries for 12 years... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Kislock

Lindsay Kislock

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Mining Association of BC
Lindsay Kislock joined as Vice President, Corporate Affairs in June, 2017.Lindsay brings extensive public policy and senior management experience to her new role. In her most recent role in  B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, she was Assistant Deputy Minister... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Quin

Stephen Quin

President, CEO, Director, Midas Gold Corporation
Since consolidating the Stibnite Gold Project and listing Midas Gold Corp. on the TSX in 2011, Mr. Quin has led Midas Gold through resource definition, completion of a PEA and PFS through to the submittal of the Plan of Restoration and Operations for the development of the Project... Read More →
avatar for David Ramsay

David Ramsay

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Fortune Minerals
David Ramsay has extensive elected public office experience in the Northwest Territories, which has included prominent cabinet positions in the Legislative Assembly. Prior to November 2015, he was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment that includes the preeminent mining portfolio... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Sayer

Laurel Sayer

Board Member, President & CEO, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.
Laurel has been a lifelong advocate for conservation and spent more than two decades working on natural resource issues with Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Mike Crapo.  Laurel will be very hands-on, helping guide the future of the Stibnite Gold Project.  She’s passionate... Read More →
avatar for Rep. David Talerico

Rep. David Talerico

State Representative; Working Group Co-chair, Alaska State Legislature
David M. Talerico is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the legislature in 2014, and currently serves on the Community & Regional Affairs, Education, and Resources Committees. David was born in Ellensburg, Washington... Read More →



Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 2

9:15am

Transportation and Infrastructure Finance: Session I
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.
http://www.pnwer.org/infrastructure-finance.html

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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 →
avatar for Zak Andersen

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 →
avatar for Leslie Blakey

Leslie Blakey

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

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 →
avatar for Rick Glumac

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 →
avatar for Charles Knutson

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 →
avatar for Kleo Landucci

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 →
avatar for Glen Hart, MLA

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 →
avatar for James Thompson

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
Birch Ballroom

11:30am

Rail Issues Sidebar
Due to time constraints and the focused nature of this topic, we wanted to develop a special a rail issues sidebar discussion during the Networking Break on Monday morning following the Transportation and Infrastructure Session. The sidebar will be open to all delegates. 
 
 Welcome and Overview of PNWER’s involvement in promoting rail infrastructure, tourism, and market access
  • Sen. Chuck Winder, Idaho State Legislature
  • Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia Center

 Discussion led by Luis Moscoso, All Aboard Washington

BNSF Sandpoint Junction Connector
  • Courtney Wallace, BNSF          
 
 Central and Eastern Washington Rail Development Project
  • Thomas White, VTDF Rail Consulting 
 General discussion

  Adjourn to lunch  

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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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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 11:30am - 12:15pm
Birch Ballroom

11:30am

Networking Break
Hosted by Devon Canada

Monday July 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon
Plenary luncheon featuring the "Future of the Border Panel" including Alan Bersin, Dept of Homeland Security, Former Assistant Secretary and John Ossowski, President, Canadian Customs and Border Services Agency.

Hosted by the University of Washington

Click here for the TVW broadcast

Speakers
avatar for Alan Bersin

Alan Bersin

Former Assistant Secretary, Dept of Homeland Security
Alan Bersin recently served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Bersin was responsible for overseeing the Department’s policy formulation function in the areas of border security and trade, cyber, critical infrastructure... Read More →
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John Ossowski

President, Canada Border Services Agency
John Ossowski was appointed President of the Canada Border Services Agency on December 7, 2016.Prior to this appointment, John was Deputy Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency from July 2015 to December 2016. He has also held senior positions as Associate Deputy Minister of Public... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Grand AB

2:30pm

Agriculture
Over the past two years the Agriculture Working Group has focused on trade with a primary examination of NAFTA and the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plan (RCC). The Working Group continues to provide input on cross-border agricultural trade issues to key decision makers in Ottawa and Washington DC.
http://www.pnwer.org/agriculture.html

Listening Session with Under Secretary Bill Northey, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services , United States Department of Agriculture
  • Up to ten stakeholders (public & private) will each get up to 3 min to make a statement or recommendation. Followed by remarks by Under Secretary Northey

Round-table Discussion with state Directors and provincial Ministers of Agriculture and private sector leaders from across the region
  • Topics of discussion will include:
  • Trade and NAFTA impacts on the agriculture sector and recommendations for modernization
  • The impact of tariffs 
  • Regulatory Cooperation Issues
  • Finding opportunities to collaborate on crop research 
Featuring:
Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan 
Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, British Columbia
Celia Gould, Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Ben Thomas, Director, Montana Department of Agriculture
Derek Sandison, Director, Washington Department of Agriculture


Speakers
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Larry Doke

MLA, Working Group Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry Doke was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election and re-elected in April of 2016. MLA Doke is the PNWER Vice-President. Before moving to Metinota, Larry was the owner/operator of Fairview Dodge in North Battleford. He was involved in the... Read More →
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Celia Gould

Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Celia Gould was appointed Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and assumed her post on January 2, 2007.Celia is an owner/operator of a fourth-generation farming and ranching operation, G+ Ranches, where she and her family raise Black... Read More →
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Patrick Kole

Working Group Co-Chair, Vice President Legal & Government Affairs, Idaho Potato Commission
Patrick Kole is the Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). Mr. Kole has practiced law for the past thirty-nine years.  He has specialized for the last twenty-four with IPC, where he focused, in part, on market access issues, including developing... Read More →
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Under Secretary Bill Northey

United States Department of Agriculture
William Howard Northey currently serves as the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation in the United States Department of Agriculture since 2018. Northey was nominated to the Under Secretary position by President Donald Trump in September 2017. After a hold by Senator... Read More →
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Honourable Lana Popham

Minister of Agriculture, Government of British Columbia
Lana Popham was first elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, since then she has been relected twice and is currently serving as British Columbia’s Minister for Agriculture. Lana grew up on Quadra Island where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of... Read More →
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Derek Sandison

Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Derek Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective June 15, 2015.As WSDA director, Derek oversees an agency responsible for animal health, plant inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and certification... Read More →
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Ben Thomas

Director, Montana Department of Agriculture
Prior to joining the department, Ben served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the Marketing and Regulatory Programs Mission Area at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he helped oversee the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 1

2:30pm

Border Issues: Session II
  • Introduction: Rep. Mike Cuffe and Dr. Laurie Trautman to brief on PNWER accomplishments over the past year
  • Dialogue with stakeholders on the future of the border: 
    • John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) 
    • Alan Bersin, Former Assistant Secretary, US Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Assessing the Current Landscape
    • Cargo preclearance: UPS Perspective  
      • Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice President, United Parcel Service (UPS)
    • What is falling through the cracks? What are potential opportunities to advance new ideas?
      • Jennifer Fox, NASCO
    • Utilizing new technologies at the border 
      • Rose Marie Davis, Director in Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
  • How to advance Beyond Preclearance 
    • Solomon Wong, President and CEO, Intervistas Gerry Bruno, VP of Federal Government Affairs, YVR
  • Looking to the Future: Open Dialogue
    Topic: What is the focus of the next decade and how do we get back on track? What do we want to see happen? Where are we going in the next 10 years and how can PNWER push the vision for a cross-border region and economy?
  • Action Items



Speakers
avatar for Alan Bersin

Alan Bersin

Former Assistant Secretary, Dept of Homeland Security
Alan Bersin recently served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Bersin was responsible for overseeing the Department’s policy formulation function in the areas of border security and trade, cyber, critical infrastructure... Read More →
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Gerry Bruno

VP Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Athority
Gerry Bruno began his airport career in 1974 with Transport Canada and went on to be Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning for the newly created Vancouver Airport Authority in 1992. From 1997 to 2013, Gerry was CEO of the InterVISTAS Consulting Group before rejoining Vancouver... 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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Rose Marie Davis

Director in Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of Field Operations,, United States Customs and Border Protection
Rose Marie Davis joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), as a Director in Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation in 2013 and serves as OFO’s Portfolio Acquisition Executive.   Ms. Davis is the Program Manager for the Land Border Integration... Read More →
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Jennifer Fox

Vice President, International Trade Policy & Canada Relations, North American Strategy for Competitiveness
Jennifer Fox is the newest addition to NASCO as Vice President, International Trade Policy and Canada Relations. Jennifer brings nearly fifteen years of industry experience in supply chain logistics and trade. Jennifer serves as NASCO’s Canadian point person spearheading the ongoing... Read More →
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John Ossowski

President, Canada Border Services Agency
John Ossowski was appointed President of the Canada Border Services Agency on December 7, 2016.Prior to this appointment, John was Deputy Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency from July 2015 to December 2016. He has also held senior positions as Associate Deputy Minister of Public... Read More →
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Amgad Shehata

Senior Vice President, UPS
Based in Washington, D.C., Amgad Shehata is a Senior Vice President with UPS, having responsibilities for International Public Affairs and Strategy. In recent years, as supply and value chain issues have risen in strategic importance, Amgad has facilitated a wide ranging dialogue... Read More →
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Laurie Trautman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Border Policy Research Institute at WWU
Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research activities focused on the U.S. - Canada border, particularly in the region surrounding Washington State and British Columbia. Topics include... Read More →
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Solomon Wong

President and CEO, Intervistas
Solomon is a multidisciplinary expert on transportation policies, facilities, and innovations. He is dedicated to helping clients improve processes for goods and passengers. From re-engineering flows of people and goods through a journey to newer ways of navigating through a risk-managed... Read More →



Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Cedar Ballroom

2:30pm

Disaster Resilience: Drones
Following last year's successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, we are organizing another gathering of leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing.  Co-hosting the Disaster Resilience Symposium with the larger PNWER Summit provided attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) in partnership with Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute (GRI) have been awarded a 2017 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grant for critical infrastructure. The project seeks to develop technologies for UAS (drone) employment to technically inspect critical infrastructure in post disaster scenarios.

There is a need for rapid damage assessment of critical infrastructure immediately following a disaster. Emerging UAS technology is allowing for an expedited and detailed damage assessment of  infrastructure such as bridges and other steel and concrete structures within the built environment.
  • Current and Emerging Federal and State Policy
  • Drones and UAS Impacts on Response and Recovery
  • Private Sector Use of Drones for Critical Inspections
  • Drones in Wildfire Response
  • Privacy Considerations

Speakers

  • Robert Hodgeman, Senior Aviation Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation, Aviation Division  
  • James Yates, Emergency Manager Coordinator, Thurston County Emergency
    Management
  • Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
  • Greg Thies, News Operations Manager, King 5 News
  • Tom Hagen, President, AUVSI Cascade Chapter
  • Charlton Evans, Principal Consultant End State Solutions
  • Jaethan Reichel, CEO, Lightship
  • Evan Reis, Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Building Resiliency Council 
 
More speakers TBA
www.regionalresilience.org

Speakers
avatar for Charlton Evans

Charlton Evans

Founder and Principle Consultant, End State Solutions
Charlton has been a direct participant and contributor to the advancement of the aviation industry since he first began flying. His experiences first in civil aviation then in the United States Marine Corps have “firmly instilled a love of aviation, technology and leading teams... Read More →
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Tom Hagen

President, Enterprise Initiatives, Inc.
Tom Hagen is the president of Enterprise Initiatives, Inc., a company he founded in September 2003 to provide consulting, management and education services to the aerospace community and government agencies in aerospace and unmanned systems. Tom Hagen is also the president of the... Read More →
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Robert Hodgman

Senior Aviation Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation
With nearly 30 years in aviation and government service, Robert has stated that he is committed to advancing  many aviation and aerospace initiatives, including the facilitation of aviation safety, the enabling  of an efficient systems of airports, the improvement of modal connections... Read More →
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Eric Holdeman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local governments. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus... Read More →
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Lightship

Lightship is your complete incident dashboard during an emergency. Real-time operational data is available to decision-makers, helping them make the best decisions possible without delay. Field observations submitted through digital forms on your mobile device are instantly available... Read More →
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Taskin Padir

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
Dr. Taskin Padir received his PhD and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He also has a BS in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Dr. Padir's research interests include supervised autonomy... Read More →
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Evan Reis

Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Evan Reis, SE, is the Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. He graduated from Stanford University in 1988. The following year he was back down on the Farm, helping the University recover from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, as the structural engineer for the retrofit of its... Read More →
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Greg Thies

News Operations Manager, King 5
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James Yates

Emergency Manager Coordinator, Thurston County Emergency Management
James Yates is currently an Emergency Management Coordinator for Thurston County, Washington where he is responsible for emergency operations and continuity plans. Mr. Yates has been involved in Emergency Management for over15 years, at the local, state, and federal government level... Read More →



Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 10

2:30pm

Energy
Shared Energy Economy - New approaches to delivering energy services
  • Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist, Avista
  • Michael Frank, Vice President, McKinstry
(Catalyst: Creating a Shared Energy Economy)

Energy Innovation and Research
  • Ronald B. Melton, Ph.D., Team Lead, Electricity Infrastructure Integration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Electric power system technologies: software and battery storage)
  • Anurag K Srivastava, Associate Professor, Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL), Washington State University
  • Nate Sandvig, Director, US Strategic Growth, National Grid Ventures
    • The Role of Utility-Scale Pumped Storage Hydropower in a Clean Energy Economy for the Pacific Northwest

Turning Waste into Energy: renewable natural gas
Moderated by Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
  • David Bennett, Director Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
  • Jim Jensen, Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University
  • Evan Williams, President, Cambrian Energy; Chairman, The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

Action Items and Discussion

Hosted by BP


Speakers
avatar for Dan Avery

Dan Avery

Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Dan Avery is a senior renewable energy policy analyst with Oregon Department of Energy who workswith public and private interests to help advance renewable energy opportunities and their supportingpolicy.Dan believes that sustainability, in the social, economic and environmental sense... Read More →
avatar for David Bennett

David Bennett

Director of Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
DAVID A. BENNETT is Director, Communications and External Relations, for FortisBC. He is responsible for all corporate and customer communications, government, municipal and aborigina lrelations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions... Read More →
avatar for Michael Frank

Michael Frank

Vice President of Engineering, McKinstry
Michael oversees all McKinstry engineering teams. He is passionate about designing for performance and is proud to work with and manage a team of amazing engineers who are also active participants in the communities in which they live and work. Over the course of his career, he’s... Read More →
avatar for Jim Jensen

Jim Jensen

Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University
Jim Jensen is Washington State University’s senior bioenergy and alternative fuels specialist. He conducts research and provides up-to-date information and technical assistance about bioenergy and alternative fuels and vehicles. Jensen supports federal and state agencies, local... Read More →
avatar for Curt Kirkeby

Curt Kirkeby

Electrical Engineer, Avista Utilities
avatar for Dan Kirschner

Dan Kirschner

Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
As Executive Director of the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA), Kirschner is an expert on natural gas in the Pacific Northwest. He works to foster understanding and informed decision-making on natural gas issues in the region. Prior to the NWGA, Kirschner worked in the Washington State... Read More →
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Ron Melton

Senior Power Systems Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Melton is the Team Lead for Electricity Infrastructure Integration, a Senior Power Systems Researcher and Project Manager in the Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is the Principal Investigator for the DOE Advanced Grid Research... Read More →
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Nate Sandvig

Director, US Strategic Growth, National Grid Ventures
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Anurag K. Srivastava

Associate Professor, Washington State University
Anurag K. Srivastava is an associate professor of electric power engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical... Read More →
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Evan Williams

President, Cambrian Energy Developments
Evan Williams is responsible for the structuring of Cambrian’s energy projects.  In doing so, Evan works with landfill owners and energy customers and their legal counsel to arrive at agreements that reflect a fair sharing of both responsibilities and benefits.  These agreements... Read More →



Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Maple Ballroom

2:30pm

University and College Presidents' Roundtable
Co-Facilitators:
Christine Johnson; Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane
Mary Cullinan; President, Eastern Washington University
Ana Mari Cauce; President, University of Washington
Kirk Schulz; President, Washington State University

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
This cross-border regional forum for university presidents is the only one of its kind in North America. The Roundtable is a forum for university presidents to showcase best practices at universities and colleges across the region.
  • Allan Cahoon; President and Vice Chancellor, Royal Roads University
  • Ana Mari Cauce; President, University of Washington
  • Mary Cullinan; President, Eastern Washington University
  • Paul Dangerfield; President, Capilano University
  • Daryll DeWald; Chancellor, WSU Health Sciences Spokane
  • Angus Graeme; President and CEO, Selkirk College
  • James Johnsen; President, University of Alaska
  • Christine Johnson; Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Thayne McCulloh; President, Gonzaga University
  • Marc Pagano; Chancellor, University of Washington-Tacoma
  • Deborah Saucier; President, MacEwan University
  • Kirk Schulz; President, Washington State University
  • Chuck Staben; President, University of Idaho
  • Beck Taylor; President, Whitworth University

Roundtable Discussion 
Attendees and panelists will explore how the region could move forward to address challenges and opportunities in talent development, as well as share strategic partnerships and innovations for emerging challenges in higher education.

Hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane


Speakers
avatar for Allan Cahoon

Allan Cahoon

President and Vice Chancellor, Royal Roads University
Allan Cahoon, PhD became president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University in 2007. He is the university’s third president and, as a result of an extensive review, was re-appointed as president until June 30, 2017. In February, 2016, the Board of Governors was pleased to announce... Read More →
avatar for Ana Mari Cauce

Ana Mari Cauce

President; Co-Facilitator, University of Washington
As the president of one of the world’s great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding... Read More →
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Mary Cullinan

President; Co-Facilitator, Eastern Washington University
Since 2014, Dr. Mary Cullinan has served as the 26th President, and the first female President, of Eastern Washington University. Prior to coming to Washington, she served for eight years as President of Southern Oregon University and for three years as Provost and Vice President... Read More →
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Paul Dangerfield

President, Capilano University
Paul Dangerfield assumed the role of Capilano University’s third president and vice-chancellor on October 1, 2016.Dangerfield was the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was dean of Capilano University’s faculty of business... Read More →
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Daryll DeWald

Chancellor, WSU Health Sciences Spokane
Daryll B. DeWald became the fourth chancellor of WSU Spokane on Sept. 1, 2017. An experienced academic leader and a successful life sciences researcher, DeWald is passionate about higher education and providing avenues for students, faculty, and staff to succeed.In his progressive... Read More →
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Angus Graeme

President and CEO, Selkirk College
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and was employed as a professional Forester before beginning my career in post-secondary education. I began instructing at Selkirk College in 1992 and have since remained here. Concurrent to being... Read More →
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James Johnsen

President, University of Alaska
Dr. Jim Johnsen was appointed to serve as the 14th president of the University of Alaska on July 28, 2015. His most recent experience includes service as an executive with Alaska Communications and previously with Doyon, Limited. President Johnsen also served the University of Alaska... Read More →
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Christine Johnson

Chancellor; Co-Facilitator, Community Colleges of Spokane
As Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) Chancellor, Dr. Christine Johnson is charged with leading a complex district that spans six counties over a 12,300 square mile area. It includes Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College, as well as rural learning centers... Read More →
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Thayne McCulloh

President, Gonzaga University
Thayne McCulloh is humbled to be in his ninth year serving Gonzaga University as its President.Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh. Dr. McCulloh holds a B.A. from Gonzaga (1989) and was awarded a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Oxford University, England (1998).  He first... Read More →
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Mark A. Pagano

Chancellor, University of Washington-Tacoma
Dr. Mark A. Pagano, the fourth Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma, grew up in southern Illinois. He has a B.S. (1979) in engineering (he was a first-generation college student), an M.S. (1983) in engineering, and a Ph.D. (1992) in engineering science from Southern Illinois... Read More →
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Deborah Saucier

President, MacEwan University
Dr. Deborah Saucier became the fifth president of MacEwan University on July 1, 2017. An accomplished academic and successful university administrator, she is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion—and truly believes that education has the power to transform lives.Deborah... Read More →
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Kirk Schulz

President, Washington State University
A nationally respected leader in higher education, President Schulz became the 11th president of WSU and a tenured professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering on June 13, 2016. He previously served seven years as president of Kansas State... Read More →
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Chuck Staben

President, University of Idaho
Chuck Staben took office as the 18th president of the University Idaho March 1, 2014. During President Staben’s four years at the University of Idaho, he has led new initiatives to meet Idaho’s needs in education and innovation while maintaining excellence in graduate and professional... Read More →
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Beck Taylor

President, Whitworth University
Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., became the 18th president of Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) in July 2010. He came to Whitworth after serving as dean and professor of economics for the Brock School of Business at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) and as associate dean for research... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 2

2:30pm

Transportation and Infrastructure Finance: Session II
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.
http://www.pnwer.org/infrastructure-finance.html

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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 →
SB

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
Birch Ballroom

5:00pm

Networking Break
Hosted by Teck

Monday July 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

6:00pm

Reception hosted by WSU Spokane: Share the power of innovation, discovery, and community impact with WSU!
WSU Spokane is honored to welcome Summit attendees on Monday, July 23 from 6pm  to 8pm for an evening reception to be held on its beautiful campus just 3 blocks from the Davenport Grand Hotel. Guests will enjoy an array of seasonally fresh, locally sourced, and sustainably produced appetizers and beverages that will feature the tastes and textures of Washington State's bounty. To share the power of innovation, discovery, and community impact with WSU research, guests will have the opportunity to visit a research lab conducting amazing research and development activities in support of the local economy. Attendees will learn more about other applied research being conducted in partnership with, and in service to many sectors and residents in the greater Spokane area.


Monday July 23, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WSU Spokane Health Sciences Building

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Hosted by the Canadian Engineering & Geoscience Professions Regulators

Monday July 23, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Terrace East
 
Tuesday, July 24
 

7:00am

Registration
Tuesday July 24, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
First Floor Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Keynote Breakfast featuring Evan Reis , U.S. Resiliency Council , Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder
The will to act, even when it is unpopular, is a sign of leadership, but great leadership is acting even when the benefits may not accrue for years or decades. When it comes to preparing for natural disasters, building and business owners, the financial sector, and our community, state and national leaders are not leading if they kick the can down the road to avoid short term pain, leaving the problem to future generations. Resilience, the ability to recover quickly from adverse events, needs to be everyone’s responsibility; each generation of leaders needs to contribute in a meaningful way to this mission. Evan Reis, Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council, will talk about how the USRC is helping leaders take positive steps toward making our communities more resilient.

About the USRC
The US Resiliency Council’s mission is to establish and implement meaningful rating systems that describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events, to educate the general public to understand these risks, and to thereby improve societal resilience.

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Remarks by Mayor David Condon, City of Spokane
Introduction of new regional consuls general: Brandon Lee, Consul General, Consulate of Canada Seattle; Lucia Piazza, Consul General, U.S. Consulate of Calgary; and Kathrine Dhanani, Consul General, U.S. Consulate of Vancouver

Hosted by the Pacific Northwest Building Resilience Coalition 

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
avatar for David Condon

David Condon

Mayor, City of Spokane
Born the same year that Spokane was preparing to shine on the global stage at Expo '74, Mayor David A. Condon grew up in a community that was safe for families, fertile for businesses, and naturally stunning. After graduating from Gonzaga Prep, he went on to earn his bachelor's degree... Read More →
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Katherine Dhanani

Consul General, U.S. Consulate in Vancouver
Katherine S. Dhanani is a career Foreign Service Officer. Her most recent assignmentswere in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and in the Bureau ofAfrican Affairs’ Office of Regional and Security Affairs. Before returning to Washingtonin 2013, she served as Consul... Read More →
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Brandon Lee

Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
Mr. Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, withaccreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Brandon Lee joinedthe Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004.He has a background leading management... Read More →
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Lucia Piazza

Consul General, U.S. Consulate in Calgary
A career Foreign Service Officer, since joining the State Department in 2001 Lucia hasrepresented the US government as a diplomat in countries throughout Africa and theMiddle East. Lucia received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy fromthe National War College... Read More →
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Evan Reis

Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Evan Reis, SE, is the Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. He graduated from Stanford University in 1988. The following year he was back down on the Farm, helping the University recover from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, as the structural engineer for the retrofit of its... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Grand AB

9:15am

Tourism
Greetings and Opening Remarks by Working Group Co-Chairs
  • Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State Legislature
  • Dave Cowen, CEO, The Butchart Gardens

Presentation of Regional Tourism Dashboard
Overview of this year's tourism facts and figures from the region
  • Paul Nursey,  President and CEO, Tourism Victoria

Marketing Discussion: Washington Tourism Alliance & Washington Tourism Legislation
Washington State recently passed legislation to create a statewide tourism marketing program. Hear the latest updates on these efforts.
  • Becky Bogard,  Managing Member, Bogard & Johnson LLC

2018 Industry Listening Session: Cruise
Industry professional speaks from their perspective on industry challenges and specifically about future of preclearance
  • Greg Wirtz, President, North West and Canada, Cruise Lines International Association

Discussion: The Border Challenges of Marijuana 
  • Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State Legislature
  • Dave Cowen, CEO, The Butchart Gardens

Access & Dispersion
Preclearance Implementation
  • Gynii Gilliam, President, Coeur d'Alene Economic Development Corporation
Other Issues
  • Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State Legislature
  • Dave Cowen, CEO, The Butchart Gardens

Tourism Sustainability and Resilience
IMPACT Tourism Sustainability Conference Report Out
  • Paul Nursey, President and CEO, Tourism Victoria
Perimeter Security
  • Gerry Bruno, VP Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority

PNWER Tourism Working Group Governance
Motion to seek Tourism Working Group appointees from each State and Province

Development of Recommendations and Resolutions






Speakers
avatar for Becky Bogard

Becky Bogard

Managing Member, Bogard & Johnson LLC
Becky Bogard is the managing member of Bogard & Johnson LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm with offices in Olympia. Before starting her own firm in November 1987, Becky was Governor Booth Gardner’s Legislative Counsel. She also served on Governor Gardner’s transition... Read More →
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Gerry Bruno

VP Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Athority
Gerry Bruno began his airport career in 1974 with Transport Canada and went on to be Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning for the newly created Vancouver Airport Authority in 1992. From 1997 to 2013, Gerry was CEO of the InterVISTAS Consulting Group before rejoining Vancouver... Read More →
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Dave Cowen

CEO; Working Group Co-chair, The Butchart Gardens
Dave Cowen is proud to be associated with The Butchart Gardens. As a biology undergraduate, Dave's career began on the front line and progressed through the operational and business sides of The Gardens. He currently holds the position of CEO, and is responsible for overseeing daily... Read More →
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Gynii Gilliam

President & CEO, Coeur d'Alene Economic Development Corporation
Gynii Abracosa Gilliam is the President & CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (Jobs Plus, Inc.). She is charged with creating vital communities within the north Idaho region by helping diversify the economy, assisting businesses create jobs, and empowering... Read More →
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Paul Nursey

President And CEO Of Tourism, Tourism Victoria
Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria since January 2014, has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience with the Canadian Tourism Commission, Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours, Mount Seymour Resorts and Tourism Vancouver. During his tenure at Tourism Victoria... Read More →
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Rep. Gael Tarleton

Legislator; Working Group Co-Chair, Washington State Legislature
After a decade working at the Pentagon on security issues affecting ports across the country and other critical facilities, Gael ran two international subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 company in Russia. She was responsible for creating disaster preparedness and emergency response plans... Read More →
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Greg Wirtz

President, CLIA North West & Canada
In his role as CLIA-NWC president, Greg Wirtz heads a Vancouver-based team that undertakes government and industry relations on behalf of the member cruise lines and he advances partnerships in communities involved with cruise tourism development. He guides the development of economic... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 11

9:15am

Infrastructure Resilience
How do we prepare our buildings and infrastructure for disasters and climate change impacts? What are the next steps to create a resilient Northwest?

PNWER Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-low Energy Buildings in the Pacific Northwest
PNWER is advancing the development of a “Roadmap” to improve resilience and energy efficiency for new and existing buildings through “net zero” emissions construction targets and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings by 2030. Efficient buildings encourage job creation, affordability, competitiveness, and resilience. Through consultations with all levels of government and the private sector, the Roadmap will develop market-driven strategies to promoting energy efficiency in each jurisdiction by focusing on policy options; market driven solutions; best practices; innovative technologies and construction materials; industry capacity building; and workforce developments.

Discussion:
Evan Reis, Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Andrew Pape-Salmon, Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Hosted by FortisBC,  Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Energy Trust of Oregon,  RDH Building Science, Construction center of Excellence, & BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event



Speakers
avatar for Andrew Pape-Salmon

Andrew Pape-Salmon

Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Government of British Columbia
Andrew Pape-Salmon is the Executive Director of the Building and Safety Standards Branch with the BC Government. The Branch is responsible for: The Building Act and building regulations such as the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes, including the Energy Step Code, Homeowner Protection... Read More →
avatar for Evan Reis

Evan Reis

Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Evan Reis, SE, is the Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. He graduated from Stanford University in 1988. The following year he was back down on the Farm, helping the University recover from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, as the structural engineer for the retrofit of its... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Birch Ballroom

9:15am

Forestry
The Forestry Working Group includes private forest managers and landholders, legislators and agency staff dedicated to healthy and sustainable forest management, as well as non-profit partners in conservancy and academics in forestry and wood product research.

Forest Restoration, Mass Timber, and Climate Change
Establishing the PNWER region as a climate change leader through forest health, renewable wood products, and mass timber manufacturing
  • Bryan Petit from Senator Cantwell’s office 

Building for Carbon Benefits: Best Practices, Future Opportunities, the Science 
Lessons Learned and Best Practices from the B.C. Government
  • Lynne Embury-Williams, Wood WORKS! BC 
The Future Potential of CLT And Mass Timber
  • Todd Beyreuther, Katerra 
Carbon Benefits of Building with Wood
  • Bruce Lippke, University of Washington 

Distinguished Guests invited to participate in the dialogue (1 hour)
Local/Regional obstacles and opportunities for mass timber; building with wood for the future; environmental and climate change benefits of sustainable forestry
  • David GroeschlActing Director, Idaho Department of Lands
  • Mike HannaRegional Director, U.S. Senator James E. Risch, Idaho State
  • Vicki ChristiansenInterim Chief of the US Forest Service (invited)
  • Jamie Connell, OR/WA BLM State Director (invited)
  • Hilary Franz, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands (invited)
  • Marie-Louise Smith, Director of Natural Resources for the Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Forest Service (invited)


Speakers
avatar for Todd Beyreuther

Todd Beyreuther

Senior Director, Advanced Building Materials, KATERRA
Todd conducts built environment research in areas of integrated building and infrastructure systems design. Todd practiced as a structural engineer in Seattle, WA and taught at the University of Washington in the College of Built Environments. Todd is also Founder of Mass Timber Systems... Read More →
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Lynn Embury-Williams

BC Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC
Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director for Wood WORKS!, BC joined the BC program in 2014.Previously the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Canfor, Lynn has brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of marketing and business development to Wood WORKS... Read More →
avatar for Travis Joseph

Travis Joseph

President; Working Group Co-chair, American Forest Resource Council
Travis was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon but spent eight years in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to an Oregon congressman, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of... Read More →
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Bruce Lippke

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Environmental and Forest Science, University of Washington
Bruce Lippke is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Environmental and Forest Science at the University of Washington. President Emeritus CORRIM (The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials), a 20 member not for profit research consortium analyzing every environmental... Read More →
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Mark Peck

Lincoln County Commissioner 1, Working Group Co-Chair, Montana
Mark Peck is a Libby native who currently works as the Libby Unit Manager for the Montana Department of Natural Resources. He is a retired active duty Air Force veteran with 20 years of service. Mark also served for four years as the Director of Emergency Services for Flathead County... Read More →
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Bryan Petit

Senior Professional Staff Member, Senator Maria Cantwell's Office, US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Bryan oversees forestry and wildfire issues for the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as a Senior Professional Staff Member. This standing Committee is responsible for oversight of the Forest Service and the various Department of the Interior agencies, and in 2015... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 2

9:15am

Innovation
The PNWER Innovation Working Group provides policymakers and governments with ideas and advice in support of a regional innovation ecosystem. The competitive landscape of the global economy, coupled with worldwide environmental challenges, is creating unprecedented demand for scientific discovery and application.
  • Utilize technology for government efficiency and security: Will Blockchain change the way government does business
  • Startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem of the region
  • 2019 Alaska's Year of Innovation: How can other states and provinces prioritize and encourage citizens to innovate

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks from Working Group Co-Chairs
  • Sen. Mia Costello, Alaska State Legislature
  • MLA Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for TechnologyBC
  • Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam

Targeting emerging technologies to achieve more efficient delivery of government services 
Blockchain technologies can present opportunities for disruptive thinking and innovation. Early indications are that blockchain can enable global business transactions while enhancing trust.  Learn about blockchain and how both public and private sector organizations in the Pacific Northwest are exploring the potential of this emerging technology.
  • John Jordan, Executive Director, Services Strategy, Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Government of British Columbia
  • Carol Prest, Registrar and Executive Director, Ministry of Citizens’ Services , Government of British Columbia
  • Pamela Dingle,  Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft
  • Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer, Evernym 
  • Roundtable discussion – All participants

Dealing with privacy concerns: How does government and business ensure privacy while delivering government services
There are several benefits from Big Data analytics, but there needs to be a balance with Data Security.  Bad actors and opportunists could be exploit big data. Incumbent and emerging technologies like Unmanned Autonomous Systems (Drones, Self Driving Cars), Social Media, along with virtual and augmented realities collect and need large amounts of data. Learn how Big Data is being used to provide better services from governments and how they protect their constituents.
  • Anand Vadapalli, Chief Executive Officer & President at Alaska Communication
  • Mark Masongsong, CEO & Co-Founder of UrbanLogiq
  • Bill Tam, Co-Chair, Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster
  • Michael Farber, Founder, Ratio Innovation Management
  • Roundtable Discussion – All participants

Technology Showcase during networking break - TBD

Hosted by Microsoft

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Mia Costello

Sen. Mia Costello

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Alaska State Legislature
Senator Mia Costello is a lifelong Alaskan representing West Anchorage in the Alaska Legislature. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee. Mia’s legislative focus is on innovation and developing... Read More →
avatar for Nirav Desai

Nirav Desai

Senior Partner, Moonbeam
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Pamela Dingle

Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft
Pam gets to play the part of Director of Identity Standards at Microsoft, working in standards bodies, running a team of dedicated standards experts, and spending of time thinking strategically about what is next, both internally for Microsoft customers, and for the tech industry... Read More →
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Michael Farber

Managing Partner, Ratio Innovation Management LLC
Michael Farber provides executive leaders with in-depth analysis and advice to maximize their business return on IT investments.  Michael specializes in edge, emerging and disruptive technologies — current focus areas include distributed sensor networks, artificial and machine... 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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John Jordan

Executive Director, Services Strategy, Office of the CIO, Province of British Columbia
John Jordan is an experienced technology strategist and practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. His mantra is “Always be shipping”.  John has shipped product in the domains of telecommunications, content management, identity management... Read More →
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Mark Masongsong

CEO & Co-Founder, UrbanLogiq
A software entrepreneur doing data mining and analytics for government, I've served as a political aide to two BC Ministers of Health and as a political consultant at federal, provincial and municipal levels. I've also served on the boards of non-profits focusing on social entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Carol Prest

Registrar and Executive Director, Government of British Columbia
Carol Prest is the Registrar and Executive Director of BC Registries and Online Services within Service BC in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.  Carol is responsible for the Corporate Registry, the Personal Property Registry, the One Stop Business Registry and the BC Online... Read More →
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Drummond Reed

Chief Trust Officer, Evernym
Drummond has spent over two decades in Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the... Read More →
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Bill Tam

Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster
Bill Tam is a passionate serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and investor. He’s the former President & CEO of BC Tech, advised 30+ companies with the Centre4Growth program, and is now using big data to advance economic opportunities and address the biggest productivity, health and... Read More →
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Anand Vadapalli

CEO & President, Alaska Communications
Anand currently serves as the President and CEO of Alaska Communications, a publicly traded broadband and managed IT services provider headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Anand has been with Alaska Communications since August 2006 and has been in his current role since February 2011... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Cedar Ballroom

9:15am

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session I
Opening Remarks: PNWER: Working For YOU-CBLHC successes and new opportunities (9:15-9:30am)
  • Welcome 
  • Conference objectives 
  • Priority Action Items
  • Presented by 
    • Co-Chairs 
      • Dr. Amber Itle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Washington
      • Jill Harvie, Programs Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
    • PNWER
      • Brandon Hardenbrook, Deputy Director
                                                             
 AM Panel Session I:  Livestock Across the Border 
Panel Moderator: Dr. Amber Itle 
Livestock border crossings, port procedures, and industry issues - regulator perspectives(9:30-10:45):
  • Regulator’s “day in the life” at the ports
    • US (including virtual tour)
    • Canada
  • Facilities/staff & livestock handling
  • Challenges, issues, & proposed solutions
  • Speakers
    • Dr. Renee Oleck, National Animal Import Center & Port Services Director, USDA APHIS
    • Dr. Paul Kohrs, Sumas Port, USDA APHIS
    • Dr. Mohit Baxi, Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA


AM Panel Session II: Towards More Seamless Border Crossings 
Moderator: Jill Harvie
Electronic Certification & Traceability (11:00-12:30)

  • E-certification & Traceability (US) 
  • US Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS)
  • Electronic certification update- Canada
  • CAN livestock traceability (industry view)
  • Animal Disease Traceability integration with electronic certification (US & CAN)
  • Speakers
    • Dr. Renee Oleck or Dr. John Clifford, USDA APHIS
    • Dr. Sunny Geiser-Novotny, ADT Vet, USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services
    • Dr. Mohit Baxi, CFIA
    • Anne Brunet Burgess, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mohit Baxi

Dr. Mohit Baxi

Director of Animal Import and Export, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
 Dr. Mohit Baxi is a veterinarian and a PhD scientist with several years of post-doctoral training. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and later worked as a Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan... Read More →
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Anne Brunet Burgess

General Manager, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
After earning her degree in farm management and animal science from McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, Anne has found great success in the livestock industry, working as the Beef Program Coordinator for Eastern Breeders from 1991 to 1995, the Western Sales Manager for Semex Alliance... Read More →
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Dr. John Clifford

Chief Trade Advisor, Veterinary National Import and Export Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Dr. Clifford provides leadership by ensuring continued international trade opportunities as the Chief Trade Advisor of Veterinary Services’ National Import Export Services.  Dr. Clifford has a unique combination of field and headquarters experience, combining policy development... Read More →
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Dr. Sunny Geiser-Novotny

ADT Vet, USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services
Dr. Sunny Geiser-Novotny is currently an Animal Disease Traceability Staff Veterinarian with the USDA APHIS VS Surveillance Preparedness & Response Services, National Animal Disease Traceability & Veterinary Accreditation Center.  She received her veterinary medical degree from the... Read More →
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Jill Harvie

Programs Manager; Working Group Co-chair, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
As Programs Manager, Jill works closely with the CCA Executive to identify policy gaps and suggests lobbying as well as communication strategies while delivering project management solutions to members and the committee. Jill also represents Canada as staff dedicated to the Young... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior... Read More →
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Dr. Paul Kohrs

Sumas Port, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Dr. Renee Oleck

National Animal Import Center & Port Services Director, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service



Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 1

11:30am

Networking Break
Tuesday July 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon
Plenary Luncheon featuring Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service and Fritz Wolff,  Board Member & Co-Founder, Katerra.  

Hosted by Avista

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
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Vicki Christiansen

Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Vicki Christiansen is the interim Chief at the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, DC. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry where she had oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection... Read More →
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Fritz Wolff

Board Member & Co-Founder, Katerra
Fritz is the executive chairman of The Wolff Company, and co-founded Katerra.He is responsible for The Wolff Company's corporate governance and global strategy. Fritz is an active member of the firm's Executive Committee, and co-heads the Investment Committee. He has more than two... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Grand AB

2:15pm

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session II
PM Panel Session I:  Industry Perspectives on Border Issues
Moderator: Jill Harvie 
                      Industry perspectives / regulator responses- border crossings, port procedures, & issues
  • Current border challenges & solutions
  • Comments by US-CAN livestock sellers, buyers, transporters
  • Streamlining multi-load shipments
  • Livestock priority clearance
  • Emergency holding & handling facilities at/near border crossing ports
  • Electronic logging hauler rules
  • Sealed Transit routes (eg sub-Great Lakes)
  • Speakers
    • Jack Field, Executive Director, Washington Cattle Feeders’ Association
    • Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
    • Dr. Jessica Watson, Manager, Anim Health Policy, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc
    • Joe Jackson, Vice Chair, Sask Cattlemen's Assoc/CAN-US beef cattle sales agent
    • Dave Brown, LLC dairy cattle dealer-exporter, Double B Farms, WA
  •  Michael Hall, CAN Livestock Genetics

PM Panel Session II: Animal Disease Respects NO Borders with moderator Dr. Amber Itle
                                                                     Diseases of PNW concern- updates & issues
  • Current border challenges & solutions
  • Comments by US-CAN livestock sellers, buyers, transporters
  • Streamlining multi-load shipments
  • Livestock priority clearance
  • Emergency holding & handling facilities at/near border crossing ports
  • Electronic logging hauler rules
  • Sealed Transit routes (eg sub-Great Lakes)
  • Speakers
    • Dr. Kristin Mansfield, State Wildlife Veterinarian, WA Dept Fish & Wildlife
    • Dr. John Clifford, USDA
    • Drs. Mohit Baxi/Noel Ritson-Bennett, Veterinary Program Specialist, CFIA
    • Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett, TB 2016 Operations Section Chief, CFIA
    • Dr. Brian Joseph, State Veterinarian, WA
    • Dr. Gary Brickler, Director (D6), Veterinary Services, USDA APHIS
    • Dr. Aimee Hunt, Epidemiology, District 6 (WA, OR, AK) USDA APHIS VS
    • Dr. Keith Lehman, Chief Provincial Veterinarian, Alberta
    • Dr. Jessica Watson, NCBA
    • Dr. Jette Christensen, Manager, Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mohit Baxi

Dr. Mohit Baxi

Director of Animal Import and Export, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
 Dr. Mohit Baxi is a veterinarian and a PhD scientist with several years of post-doctoral training. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and later worked as a Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan... Read More →
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Dr. Gary Brickler

Director (D 6), Veterinary Services, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Gary Brickler, a native of southern Indiana, is currently the Director for District 6 of USDA APHIS Veterinary Services.  The District is comprised of the 10 Western states and Pacific Territories.He received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky and a D.V.M. from Purdue University.Following... Read More →
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Dave Brown

LLC Dairy Cattle Dealer-Exporter, Double B Farms, WA
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Dr. Jette Christensen

Manager, Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network
Dr. Christensen is a veterinary epidemiologist with more than 30 years’ experience in all phases of national animal health monitoring, surveillance and disease control programs in Denmark and Canada. She brings with her extensive skills in swine practice and epidemiological surveillance... Read More →
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Dr. John Clifford

Chief Trade Advisor, Veterinary National Import and Export Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Dr. Clifford provides leadership by ensuring continued international trade opportunities as the Chief Trade Advisor of Veterinary Services’ National Import Export Services.  Dr. Clifford has a unique combination of field and headquarters experience, combining policy development... Read More →
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Jack Field

Executive Director, Washington Cattle Feeders’ Association
Jack is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Washington Cattlemen’s Association and is the Executive Director of the Washington Cattle Feeders Association (WCFA).  Jack previously was employed as the Executive Vice President of the Washington Cattlemen’s... Read More →
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Michael Hall

Executive Director, CAN Livestock Genetics
Michael has served on various dairy industry boards, and maintains an intimate knowledge of the Canadian dairy industry and its members’ needs. As both a board member and Board Chairman of the Ontario DHI Board of Directors (1998-2004) and CanWest DHI (2004-2010), Michael negotiated... Read More →
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Jill Harvie

Programs Manager; Working Group Co-chair, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
As Programs Manager, Jill works closely with the CCA Executive to identify policy gaps and suggests lobbying as well as communication strategies while delivering project management solutions to members and the committee. Jill also represents Canada as staff dedicated to the Young... Read More →
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Dr. Aimee Hunt

Epidemiology Officer, District 6 (WA, OR, AK), USDA APHIS- Veterinary Services
Dr. Hunt has over a decade of academic and professional commitment to livestock health throughout North America. As a student gaining a BS and DVM in Animal Sciences from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, she worked as a Livestock Volunteer for Heifer... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior... Read More →
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Joe Jackson

Director, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association
From his earliest days in Oklahoma, Joe has been involved in the cattle industry. With an Animal Science degree from Oklahoma State, Joe began his career as a delivery agent at the OKC Stockyards delivering feeder cattle against the CME Feeder Cattle contract. Joe then spent 12 years... Read More →
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Dr. Brian Joseph

State Veterinarian, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Dr. Brian Joseph joined WSDA as state veterinarian in December 2016. He is responsible for animal and livestock health, disease prevention and containment, livestock identification, compliance with animal health and livestock identification regulations and animal disease traceability... Read More →
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Dennis Laycraft

Executive Vice President, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Leading the CCA and its various divisions, Dennis serves as a spokesperson for the beef cattle industry on trade, product safety, and animal disease issues. A senior policy analyst and lobbyist for the CCA, Dennis addresses issues at the national and international levels which impact... Read More →
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Dr. Keith Lehman

Chief Provincial Veterinarian, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
The Office of Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) provides scientific and veterinary leadership in developing animal health policy and in working to prevent and respond to animal health concerns.Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian is Dr. Keith Lehman, who has been... Read More →
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Dr. Kristin Mansfield

State Wildlife Veterinarian, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Kristin Mansfield has been employed as the state wildlife veterinarian with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2002, stationed in Spokane. She received her Doctorate and Masters degrees from the University of California at Davis, bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly... Read More →
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Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett

Veterinary Program Specialist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:15pm - 5:30pm
Meeting Room 1

2:30pm

Energy Innovations
Strengthening Innovation Ecosystems 

Federal agencies and state governments make significant investments in the research and development of energy technologies to address critical National mission needs.  There remains at this time however, significant unrealized commercial potential from these investments due to the “valley of death” that exists between a research prototype and a commercialized product.  New coordinated regional public-private partnerships are needed to bridge the valley of death and accelerate the development and deployment of these energy innovations.  

The Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance (NEIA) is a consortium that has been formed to address this challenge.  The NEIA marshals the Northwest (NW) Region’s innovation capabilities, resources, markets and opportunities to accelerate the transition of energy technologies to increase U.S. prosperity, competitiveness and job creation.   The NEIA consists of member organizations from five NW states (AK, ID, OR, MT, WA) representing strong regional energy research, technology, business, financial and educational assets.  It aims to develop a globally competitive energy industry sector in the Northwest

… that draws upon energy-focused R&D from regional institutions
… and is globally recognized as one of the sought-out locations    
… for energy companies, professionals and policy makers to locate.

In short, the NEIA aspires to make the NW region an energy technology peer to California and New York.

The NEIA drives energy innovation through coordination of its members’ capabilities and programs that span the energy technology lifecycle - from research and development to prototyping, technology validation, pilot projects, and commercial demonstrations.  Alliance members’ efforts will be aligned along a common Innovation Value Chain for transforming ideas and early stage prototypes into commercial outputs.  This panel will feature NEIA members discussing approaches to strengthening innovation ecosystems, with a focus on the NW energy sector.

Moderator:
  • Malin M. Young, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Participants:
  • Mike Hagood, Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
  • Tom Ranken, CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
  • David Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon BEST
  • George Roe, Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power


Hosted by Battelle

Speakers
avatar for Mike Hagood

Mike Hagood

Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
Michael Hagood is the Director of Regional Initiatives at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where he provides leadership in advancing energy and security innovation in support of Northwest and Intermountain West energy transitions. Mike works across the INL mission areas, the Center... Read More →
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David Kenney

President and Executive Director, Oregon BEST
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Tom Ranken

CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
Tom is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. Under his leadership, membership has grown by a factor of eight to 300 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.Prior to joining the Alliance, Tom co-founded and was CEO... Read More →
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George Roe

Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
George Roe is a member of the research faculty at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) where he serves as deputy director.  His work focuses on development, adaptation and integration of energy grid technologies, working in conjunction with industry, utilities, federal agencies and communities. He is the principal investigator for the Alaska Center for Microgrid Techn... Read More →
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Malin Young

Deputy Director for Science & Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Malin Young began serving as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in October 2015.  She is responsible for integrating PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Cedar Ballroom

2:30pm

Workforce Development
The Workforce Development Working Group identifies the barriers to addressing labor shortages and the key stakeholders, and specific actions that can be implemented to alleviate these shortages. The Working Group examines the training needed for the skilled workforce of the future as well as the best practices in industry and government cooperation.
  • Manufacturing opportunities in the region
  • Workforce training
  • Washington state's apprenticeship initiative 
Session video Part 1
Session Video Part 2

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • Working Group Co-Chairs Shawna Argue and Sen. Maralyn Chase

Video on the Future of Work

Automation and Advanced Manufacturing: How jobs of tomorrow will be impacted by emerging technology 
Industry 4.0 is impacting the skills needed to perform jobs in the manufacturing sector.  As digitization and manufacturing integrate traditional jobs will need to evolve to meet industry’s demand.  Future workers will have to be flexible and take a K-99 approach to education and development.
  • Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam
  • Vinay Narayan, Vice President of Americas Product and Operations, HTC Vive
  • Rich Hodges, Account Executive, Central & Eastern Washington, Impact Washington

Exploring the Future of Work:  How jurisdictions are training our workforce today
The region is leading the way in innovative workforce development initiatives. We will hear from a panel of experts on the creative work in region on the Future of Work.
  • Marina Parr, Communication Director, Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board
  • Debbie Radie, Vice President of Operations for Boardman Foods, Inc., Chair of Food Northwest
  • Alisha Benson, Chief Operation Officer, Greater Spokane Incorporated

Roundtable Discussion 
Attendees and Panelist will explore how the region could move forward to address these emerging challenges on workforce development.
  • Senator Maralyn Chase, Washington State Senator
  • Shawna Argue, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
  • Panelists
  • Working Group Attendees


Speakers
avatar for Shawna Argue

Shawna Argue

Director of Registration; Working Group Co-chair, Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Shawna is a registered Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina (1987) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University (1999). Shawna's experience covers a wide variety of industries both... Read More →
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Alisha Benson

Chief Operations Officer, Greater Spokane Incorporated
Alisha Benson is the Chief Operations Officer for Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI).  Alisha has been with GSI for 10 years. During her time at GSI, she has held roles as Membership Director, VP of Education & Workforce, Executive Director of Spokane STEM, and interim CEO. GSI is... 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 →
avatar for Nirav Desai

Nirav Desai

Senior Partner, Moonbeam
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Richard Hodges

Account Executive – Eastern and Central Washington, Impact Washington
Richard has 25 years manufacturing experience, including senior management in regulated environments such as Aerospace and Military. His background includes: executive management, acquisition analysis, business and strategic planning, marketing/sales strategy, project management... Read More →
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Vinay Narayan

Vice President, Americas Product and Operations, HTC Vive
Vinay Narayan is the Vice President of Product and Operations for the Americas at HTC Vive, where he leads the Product, Customer Engagement, and Operations teams. He is an accomplished Senior Executive with demonstrated success in emerging technology, telecommunications, management... Read More →
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Marina Parr

Communications Director, Washington Workforce Board
Marina Parr is the Communications Director at Washington’s Workforce Board in Olympia. The Workforce Board is a state agency that monitors and evaluates the state’s key workforce programs and also provides leadership on policies that help all Washington residents get the education... Read More →
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Debbie Radie

Vice President of Operations, Boardman Foods, Inc.
Debbie Radie is the Vice President of Operations for Boardman Foods, Inc. In this role, Debbie isaccountable for the production, quality, safety, training, human resources, purchasing, maintenance,logistics, regulatory compliance, and accounting departments. Her career at Boardman... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Maple Ballroom

2:30pm

Transportation: ACES
There are four powerful trends coming together to transform transportation and vehicles: Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared – ACES. An ACES world promises to catalyze a new transportation future that reduces congestion, limits traffic accidents, cleans up our air and water, and enhances social equity by reducing the costs of personal mobility. ACES will also revolutionize the supply chain logistics world of marine, surface and air transportation while electrification offers new business opportunities for our bi-national region’s utilities. This session follows from our first ACES briefing on electrification and US Canada border technology enhancements at the Leadership Conference in Victoria, BC.

Is the public ready for an ACES world?
  • Kyle Quinn, PACCAR Chief Technology Officer - Truck Platooning and Automation
Moderated by Steve Marshall, City of Bellevue
  •  Rep. Jake Fey, Washington Legislature 
  • Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission -  Washington’s new Autonomous Vehicle advisory committee
  • Jeff Marker, Freight Program Manager, Idaho, Transportation Department
  • Joel Fisher,  Business Development Manager, Verizon Smart Communities

The “E” in ACES – Transportation Electrification can boost our economies while enhancing our environment
  • Matthew Hepner, Certified Electrical Workers of WA (IBEW)
  • Jeff Allen,  Executive Director, Forth 
  • Jeffrey Phillips, Managing Director, Dawson Strategic
  • Rendall Farley, Avista

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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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Jeff Allen

Executive Director, Forth
Jeff Allen has served as Executive Director of Forth (formerly known as Drive Oregon) since December 2011. Forth is a nonprofit industry organization working to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Through innovation and industry... Read More →
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Jake Fey

Represenative, Washington House of Representative
Born and raised in Port Angeles, Jake’s experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and then an MPA... Read More →
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Reema Griffith

Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Reema Griffith has been the Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission since 2005.  Under her leadership, the Transportation Commission serves as the State Tolling Authority, sets the fares and policies for the Washington State Ferry System, leads the state’s... Read More →
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Isaac Kastama

Managing Partner, Water Street Public Affairs LLC
Isaac represents business, utility, and public interest clients in Washington State. His areas of emphasis include environment, telecommunications, financial services, and general business issues. He previously served as Director of Government Affairs for the Washington Business Alliance... Read More →
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Jeffrey Phillips

Managing Director, Dawson Strategic
Jeffrey Phillips is Managing Director of Dawson Strategic, an Ottawa-based consulting firm specializing in evidence-based research on international trade, transportation, and digital issues. Jeff helps a wide range of public, private, and not-for-profit sector clients understand and... Read More →
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Kyle Quinn

Chief Technology Officer, PACCAR
KYLE QUINN joined PACCAR in May 2005 and is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.  Prior to this role, Mr. Quinn was PACCAR Senior Vice President and General Manager, Peterbilt Motors, responsible for the Division, as well as PACCAR Engine Company.Prior to his General... 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 →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Birch Ballroom

2:30pm

Water Policy
The Water Policy Working Group provides an important dialogue to address water policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest region. By connecting with legislators, private-sector and universities, we work to identify best practices to improve water security, adaptation of climate change, and storage options. We also provide updates to the region on the Columbia River Treaty and explore linkages with other working groups, including Invasive Species.
  • Targeting research investments to achieve outcomes and resiliency in policy and practice
  • Dealing with water scarcity and variability, practical experiences in an irrigation district
  • Water resource planning and actions at the state level
  • Legislative round robin

Water Policy Working Group Session Introduction
Co-Chairs:
  • Senator Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
  • David Hill, Director, Centres & Institutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Water Resource Planning and Actions at the State Level
Washington State has been make strides to address adaptation to ongoing changing climate, water scarcity and security, environmental performance, integration of activities with tribes, infrastructure planning and the challenges and opportunities.
  • G. Thomas Tebb,  Director, Office of Columbia River, Washington State Department of Ecology

Dealing With Water Scarcity and Variability, Practical Experiences in an Irrigation District
Roza Irrigation District is actively engaging on current and future water resource issues that impact irrigated agriculture. Learn how irrigation districts and their growers are adapting to become more resilient.
  • Scott Revell, District Manager, Roza Irrigation District

Targeting Research Investments to Achieve Outcomes and Resiliency in Policy and Practice
Alberta Innovates is leading the way in water research, from the creative work in integrated watershed management and operations at the watershed/provincial scale, to technology development in the industrial sector and the trajectory of water use in the oil sands operations. The entire scope of activities within Alberta Innovates Water Innovation programming highlights success stories and ongoing challenges and strategies to address them.
  • Brett Purdy, Executive Director of Water and Land, Alberta Innovates

R&D and Innovation: Managing Water Quality in the Elk Valley
Teck is taking an innovative approach to managing water quality in Canada’s Elk Valley through the implementation of emerging water treatment technologies coupled with a comprehensive R&D program. Learn how Teck is working to protect aquatic health across the watershed while ensuring continued sustainable mining in the region.
  • Christian Baxter, Director, Environmental Strategy, Teck Resources Limited

Water Policy Legislative Roundtable 
A Round Robin panel of legislators from across PNWER will showcase water policy, legislative, regulatory, and finance issues from various PNWER jurisdictions. They will also explore how they are proposing to move forward and address these emerging challenges.
  • Senator Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
  • Senator Judy Warnick, Washington State Legislature
  • Robin Luff, MLA, Province of Alberta
  • Senator Lee Heider, Idaho State Legislature
  • TBD, Oregon State Legislature
  • Rep. Mike Cuffe, Montana State Legislature
  • Minister Ken Cheveldayoff, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Rep. Geran Tarr, Alaska State Legislature
(as of July 5, 2018)

Speakers
avatar for Christian Baxter

Christian Baxter

Director of Environmental Strategy, Teck Resources Limited
Christian Baxter is currently serving as Director, Environmental Strategy. The focus of his role is to advance permitting and regulatory approvals for Teck’s Canadian steelmaking coal operations, and to develop and manage company-wide systems to steward Teck’s environmental performance.Prior... Read More →
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Hon. Ken Cheveldayoff

Government of Saskatchewan
Minister of Central ServicesMinister responsible for the Public Service CommissionMinister responsible for the Provincial Capital CommissionMLA for Saskatoon WillowgroveKen was first elected MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs in 2003. He was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial... 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 →
avatar for Sen. Lee Heider

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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G. Thomas Tebb, L.h.G, L.E.G

Director, Office of Columbia River, Washington State Department of Ecology
A native of the Yakima Valley, Thomas Tebb has more than 33 years of environmental and engineering experience in both the private and public sectors. Currently, Tom is the Director for the Office of Columbia River within the Department of Ecology and maintains an office in Ecology's... Read More →
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Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →
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Brett Purdy, PhD

Executive Director, Water and Land, Alberta Innovates
Brett is the Executive Director (Water and Land) in the Clean Energy Division of Alberta Innovates (AI). In this position, Brett works with a talented team responsible for a supporting research and innovation in the areas of integrated land management, restoration and reclamation... Read More →
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Scott Revell

District Manager, Roza Irrigation District
Scott Revell has been the manager of the 72,000 acre Roza Irrigation District in the Yakima valley since 2013.  Prior to that he was Planning Manager for the Kennewick Irrigation District for seven years. He worked in city and county land use planning from 1991 until 2007, and served... Read More →
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Rep. Geran Tarr

Representative for Alaska's 17th District, Alaska State Legislature
Representative Tarr has been serving in the Alaska State House of Representatives since 2013.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in Botany, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies from Ohio University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska... Read More →
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Sen. Judy Warnick

Senator, Washington State Legislature
Judy grew up on a small family dairy farm in Deer Park, Washington. She and her husband, Roy, own and operate a small business in Moses Lake. Judy and Roy have three grown daughters and eight grandchildren.  She attended Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA.  She was a state representative... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 2

5:00pm

Networking Break
Tuesday July 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

5:00pm

Spokane Riverfront Park Reception at Loof Carrousel- Hosted by City of Spokane
Mayor David Condon welcomes PNWER at the Looff Carrousel
Join Spokane Mayor David Condon for a free evening celebration and conference gathering to get to know Spokane, further discuss best practices, and mingle with old and new acquaintances.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm
507 N. Howard St, Spokane, WA

Conference Attendees are welcome to FREE rides, light food and beverages.
Riverfront Spokane’s 1909 Looff Carrousel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of America's most beautiful and well preserved, hand-carved wooden carrousel. Our Looff Carrousel proudly features 54 horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger, 2 Chinese dragon chairs, and a brass ring to catch. It can also accommodate wheelchairs.

ATTENTION: This is a fast moving carousel. Riders must be 42” tall to ride alone. Riders under 42” may ride with an adult (18 years or older) standing beside saddle and holding child.

Event Hosted by the City of Spokane


Tuesday July 24, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Carrousel at Looff Plaza

6:00pm

Open Evening
Dinner on your own - enjoy Spokane with your new PNWER friends
Nearby restaurants
https://www.visitspokane.com/restaurants/

Tuesday July 24, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Hosted by Jordan Cove LNG

Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
President's Suite
 
Wednesday, July 25
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
First Floor Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Keynote Breakfast
Plenary breakfast featuring the Honorable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade for the Government of Alberta and the Honorable Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories.

Click here for the TVW broadcast

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Deron Bilous

Hon. Deron Bilous

Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta
Born and raised in Edmonton, Deron Bilous knows the incredible contribution Alberta workers have made to our province and our country. Growing-up in a proudly Ukrainian home he also appreciates the strength and beauty of our province’s diversity.Between 1995 and 2005, Mr. Bilous... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Bob McLeod

Hon. Bob McLeod

Premier, Government of Northwest Territories
Robert R. McLeod was re-elected to the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories on November 23, 2015, his third consecutive term representing the constituents of Yellowknife South.During the 17th Legislative Assembly, Mr. McLeod served as Premier, Minister of Executive... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Grand AB

7:30am

Energy Tour
Please join us to tour one of the world's leading developers of smart communities, Itron in Liberty Lake, WA outside of Spokane. Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We will then stop at Urbanova. Two years in the making, Urbanova's plan was formalized September 2016 with partners including the Spokane city government, Avista, Itron, engineering firm McKinstry, and Washington State University.







Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:30am - 12:00pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

9:15am

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session III
AM Panel Session I:  Agri-Food Sector Resilience Planning Moderator:  Dr. Amber Itle (Panel 9:15-10:45)
Livestock Sector Security (food, bio, cyber, other), EM Preparedness, & Risk Readiness
  • Agro-terrorism reality check
  • Integrated critical infrastructure planning
  • CAN- Plant & Animal Health Strategy, Livestock Market Interruption Strategy
  • Emerging Animal Disease Preparedness & Response Plan (USDA APHIS VS),
  • Food Security & Public Health
    Industry & other government pro-action
  • Speakers
    • Dione Mazzolini, Assist. WMD Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Dr. John Clifford, USDA APHIS
    • Dr. Bill Barton, State Veterinarian, ID or Dr. Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle*, Associate Director, Center Food Safety/Public Health
    • Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Associate Director, Center Food Safety/Public Health
    • Dr. Mohit Baxi, CFIA
    • Dr. Aimee Hunt/Gary Brickler, USDA APHIS
    • John Ross, Co-chair, LMIS & Executive Director, CAN Pork Council
    •  Matt Taylor, CAN Animal Health Coalition

AM Session II: NAFTA UPDATES for Livestock Industry with Moderator: Jill Harvie (11:00-12:00)
  • NAFTA process summary & key updates
  • Livestock trade implications & sector impacts- beef, dairy, swine, other 
  • Regulatory Cooperation Council Update
  • Speakers
    • Dr. John Clifford, USDA APHIS
    • Dennis Laycraft, Exec Vice Pres, CCA
    • Gary Stordy, Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, CAN Pork Council
    • Robert Carberry, Founder, Carberry Insights and Associates Inc
    • Kent Backus (via video/phone), NCBA

Speakers
avatar for Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Director of International Trade and Market Access, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
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Bill Barton

State Veterinarian, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Dr. Bill Barton serves as the administrator of the Division of Animal Industries and state veterinarian for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Bill was raised on his family’s cattle ranch, the Diamond A, in the Three Creek area of southern Idaho and northern Nevada... Read More →
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Dr. Mohit Baxi

Director of Animal Import and Export, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
 Dr. Mohit Baxi is a veterinarian and a PhD scientist with several years of post-doctoral training. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and later worked as a Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan... Read More →
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Dr. Danelle Bickett-Widdle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University
Dr. Bickett-Weddle is a South Dakota native who earned her BS from South Dakota State University, her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive... Read More →
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Dr. Gary Brickler

Director (D 6), Veterinary Services, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Gary Brickler, a native of southern Indiana, is currently the Director for District 6 of USDA APHIS Veterinary Services.  The District is comprised of the 10 Western states and Pacific Territories.He received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky and a D.V.M. from Purdue University.Following... Read More →
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Robert Carberry

Founder, Carberry Insights and Associates Inc.
Bob has a uniquely broad experience in all aspects of regulatory matters, having advanced his way through Government of Canada regulatory agencies from a technician level to senior management.  Over his 37 year he worked in laboratories, field inspection offices, district and regional... Read More →
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Dr. John Clifford

Chief Trade Advisor, Veterinary National Import and Export Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Dr. Clifford provides leadership by ensuring continued international trade opportunities as the Chief Trade Advisor of Veterinary Services’ National Import Export Services.  Dr. Clifford has a unique combination of field and headquarters experience, combining policy development... Read More →
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Jill Harvie

Programs Manager; Working Group Co-chair, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
As Programs Manager, Jill works closely with the CCA Executive to identify policy gaps and suggests lobbying as well as communication strategies while delivering project management solutions to members and the committee. Jill also represents Canada as staff dedicated to the Young... Read More →
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Dr. Aimee Hunt

Epidemiology Officer, District 6 (WA, OR, AK), USDA APHIS- Veterinary Services
Dr. Hunt has over a decade of academic and professional commitment to livestock health throughout North America. As a student gaining a BS and DVM in Animal Sciences from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, she worked as a Livestock Volunteer for Heifer... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior... Read More →
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Dennis Laycraft

Executive Vice President, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Leading the CCA and its various divisions, Dennis serves as a spokesperson for the beef cattle industry on trade, product safety, and animal disease issues. A senior policy analyst and lobbyist for the CCA, Dennis addresses issues at the national and international levels which impact... Read More →
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Dione Mazzolini

Assistant Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Seattle Division
Dione Mazzolini is an Assistant Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator (AWMDC) and Hazardous Evidence Response Team Lead for the FBI’s Seattle Division.  Ms. Mazzolini began her career in 2002 in the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Response Section then transferred to Seattle, WA... Read More →
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John Ross

Co-chair, LMIS & Executive Director, Canadian Pork Council
John Ross has more than 30 years of commitment to the Canadian Livestock industry. After earning a degree in Animal Science and Agriculture from the University of Guelph, he has ben intimately involved in the implementation of genetic improvement programs, the creation of the domestic... Read More →
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Gary Stordy

Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Canadian Pork Council
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Matt Taylor

Project Manager, Canadian Animal Health Coalition



Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 1

9:15am

Columbia River Treaty: Session I
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
Transportation:
  • 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
Energy:
  • 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

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Scott Bedke

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
Birch Ballroom

9:15am

Economic Development
Opening Statements
  • Rep. Rick Youngblood, Idaho State Legislature
  • Steve Allan, Chair of the Board, Calgary Economic Development

Strengthening Washington by Creating Opportunity in our Rural Communities 
How can we leverage sustainable development opportunities and partner with communities who know their needs best in order to spark economic development in local communities? 
  • Commissioner Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Best Practices: Economic Growth and Urban Innovation in Spokane’s University District
Spokane’s University District is a live/work/play confluence of innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship, scholarship and neighborhood revitalization. The University District was created to be where business and education grow together and now with six colleges and universities, two medical schools and $740M in public and private investments it has become that place. The District offers opportunities to promote economic development, smart urban growth, environmental restoration, historic preservation, arts and culture, recreation, and state of the art transportation all in a fun and increasingly vibrant area.
  • Lars Gilberts, CEO, The University District

Financing Economic Growth and Opportunities by Providing Access to Capital
  • Dave Glaser, President, MoFi

Building Strong Cross-Border Regional Partnerships
  • Gynii Gilliam, President & CEO. Coeur d’Alene Area EDC

Rural Programs in Oregon Adaptable to PNWER Region
  • David McGiverin, President, Food Northwest

Best Practices in Economic Development Panel
Speakers come back together to participate in an open-dialogue, free-flowing discussion, questions from the audience, etc.

Discussion of  Working Group Vision and Action Items 





Speakers
avatar for Steve Allan

Steve Allan

Corporate Director, Calgary Economic Development
Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He practiced in the area of corporate restructuring, insolvency and forensic accounting and throughout his career was involved in some of the most high profile and complex files in Alberta. He is a graduate of... Read More →
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Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Hilary Franz was sworn in as Washington’s 14th Commissioner of Public Lands on January 11, 2017. Prior to being elected, Commissioner Franz was executive director of Futurewise, an organization committed to implementing smart, sustainable land use and transportation policies. In... Read More →
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Lars Gilberts

CEO, University District Development Association
Lars Gilberts is the Statewide ALICE Director at United Way of Broward County. Lars uses the United Way ALICE Report to equip businesses, nonprofits, funders and policy makers with common data and language to improve policy and practice for those who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained... Read More →
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Dave Glaser

President, MoFi
As President, Dave oversees the organization and is primarily focused on external relationships. Dave worked in multiple capacities for a number of for-profit and not-for-profit companies previous to his role at MoFi. Originally from Colorado, Dave enjoys international travel and... Read More →
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Rep. Rick Youngblood

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State Legislature
Born in Boise, Idaho and a graduate from Weiser High School, Rick went on to get his education from North Idaho College and College of Idaho. Rick furthered his studies, graduating from NW Ag Credit School from Washington State University as well as Pacific Coast Banking School from... Read More →



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

9:15am

Invasive Species
Opening Remarks and Introductions
Action items, funding comparison, priorities
  • Kate Wilson, PNWER Invasive Species Working Group Co-Chair/Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

U.S. Department of Interior ‘Safeguarding the West’ Initiative & Updates
Overview and updates on the ‘Safeguarding the West’ Initiative: actions to strengthen federal, state and Tribal Coordination to address invasive mussels 
  • Scott Cameron, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Management, and Budget, US Department of Interior

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Overview and updates on federal efforts in Canada to address aquatic invasive species, including the National Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, and the Provincial-Federal-Territorial Invasive Alien Species Task Force
  • Susan Roe, National Manager for Aquatic Invasive Species, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (invited)

Legislative Panel on Quagga/Zebra Mussel Priorities
Legislators and guests to present and discuss key issues and priorities regarding invasive mussel prevention and management, such as recent program highlights, emergency preparedness, and gaps/challenges
  • Rep. Geran Tarr, Alaska State Legislature 
  • MLA Robyn Luff, Legislative Assembly of Alberta
  • Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho State Legislature 
  • Rep. Matt Regier, Montana State Legislature
  • Rep. David Brock Smith, Oregon State Legislature 
  • MLA Warren Michelson, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
  • Sen. Dean Takko, Washington State Legislature

Sudden Oak Death 
Updates on the Sudden Oak Death issue in affected states, discussion of priorities, and potential for regional approach
  • Rep. David Brock Smith, Oregon State Legislature
  • Sarah Navarro,  Forest Pathologist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Stopping Northern Pike:  A Regional Approach to Protecting Resources and Fisheries Economies
Overview of issue, regional snapshot summarizing risks and potential impacts, summary of the Northern Pike forum (held July 24, 2018), and action items 
  • Dr. Brian Heise, Chair, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
  • Justin Bush, Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council

Speakers
avatar for Justin Bush

Justin Bush

Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council
Justin Bush is employed by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, filling the role of Executive Coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. He has worked on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including... Read More →
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Scott Cameron

Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Department of Interior
Scott J. Cameron is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance and Management of the Department of the Interior.  His responsibilities include implementation of President Bush’s Management Agenda at Interior.Immediately prior to joining the Administration, Scott Cameron was Director... Read More →
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Terry Gestrin

Legislator, Idaho State Legislature
Representative Gestrin was appointed in August 2012, to fill a House vacancy in District 8. He was born in Cascade, Idaho, and earned his B.B.A. in finance from Idaho State University. In the past he has been a Volunteer Fire Chief, the Donnelly Valley County Commissioner, Chairman... Read More →
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Brian Heise

Chair, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Dr. Brian Heise is an aquatic ecologist in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops BC.  Brian’s research looks at the effects of various land use practices, including invasive species, on the ecology of invertebrates and fish in freshwater... Read More →
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Jalene Littlejohn

Director, Samara Group
Jalene Littlejohn is co-founder and director of Samara Group, an Oregon-based consulting firm that was created to enhance environmental projects with rigorous science, collaboration and engaging communications. Samara Group is contracted to coordinate the Oregon Invasive Species Council... Read More →
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Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →
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Hon. Warren Michelson

MLA, Saskatchewan Legislative Academy
Warren Michelson is serving his third term as the representative for the constituency of Moose Jaw North in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.Warren has been instrumental in representing Moose Jaw citizens through his constituency involvement and work on Assembly standing committees... Read More →
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Sarah Navarro

Forest Pathologist, Oregon Department Of Forestry
Sarah is the statewide Forest Pathologist for the Oregon Department of Forestry. She provides technical assistance to private and state owned lands on disease management issues, including being the lead for ODF’s Sudden Oak Death Program. She joined the department in 2016 and came... Read More →
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Rep. Matt Regier

Legislator, Montana State Legislature
Representative Regier legislates on behalf of House District #4 for his home state of Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana with  a degree in Business/Marketing. Matt is a Real Estate Investor when he is away from the state legislature. Regier is a member of several... Read More →
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Susan Roe

National Manager for Aquatic Invasive Species, Department of Fisheries
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Rep. David Brock Smith

Representative for Oregon's 1st District, Oregon State Legislature
Representative David Brock Smith is a third generation resident of House District 1. He grew up in Port Orford and is a graduate of Pacific High School.  After attending SOCC and SOU, Rep. Smith worked in the Culinary industry, in some of the best restaurants in the Rogue Valley... Read More →
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Sen. Dean Takko

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
Dean was appointed to the 19th district Senate seat on Oct. 22, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Dean served in the House of Representatives since 2004. Born in Ilwaco, Dean is a lifelong Washingtonian and a graduate of Wahkiakum High School, Lower Columbia College, and Western Washington... Read More →
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Rep. Geran Tarr

Representative for Alaska's 17th District, Alaska State Legislature
Representative Tarr has been serving in the Alaska State House of Representatives since 2013.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in Botany, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies from Ohio University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Commission Administrator, Montana Natural Resources and Conservation
Kate Wilson has been working in the water world for over 12 years. Her initial focus was on water quality and quantity issues in the Pend Oreille Basin for the Lakes Commission, an advisory board to the Governor of Idaho created in 2003. Stemming from the work with the Lakes Commission... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 2

10:00am

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:00am - 12:15pm
Cedar Ballroom

11:30am

Networking Break
Hosted by MDU Resources

Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

12:00pm

Keynote Luncheon- Growing Global Competitiveness through Expanding Markets and Infrastructure.
Plenary luncheon featuring Stephen Metruck, Executive Director of the Port of Seattle and Victor Thomas, Vice-President, Prairie Region, of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada with Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center and Senator Chuck Winder, Idaho serving as moderator. Speakers will be discussing growing global competitiveness through expanding markets and infrastructure.

Invitation to PNWER Winter Meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on November 13-15, 2018.
Paolo Gallina, MLA, Yukon

Hosted by Enbridge and Puget Sound Energy

Click here for the TVW broadcast

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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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Paolo Gallina

MLA, Yukon
Paolo Gallina was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.Gallina is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Rules, Elections and Privileges, and... Read More →
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Stephen Metruck

Executive Director, Port of Seattle
Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel, and before that, responsibility for planning and execution... Read More →
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Victor Thomas

Vice-President, Prairie Region, Asia Pacific Foundation
Victor Thomas is Vice-President, Prairie Region, of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, responsible for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He also currently consults in the areas of corporate governance and international strategy centered around Asia and Australia. For the past... 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 →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand AB

2:00pm

Invasive Species II
​​​​Opening Remarks & Introductions: Regional Invasive Species Councils, Emerging Threats
Regional state and provincial initiatives, Regional Invasive Species Councils, emerging threats
  • Moderator:  Justin Bush, Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council

Western Jurisdictions Invasive Species Initiatives
Introduction and updates from the US Western Governors' Association Invasive Species Initiative and the Canadian Western Provinces Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group
  • Bill Whitacre, Policy Advisor, Western Governors' Association
  • Manjit Kerr-Upal, Director, Conservation Science, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 

Regional Invasive Species Panel
Roundtable overview and priorities of councils in the region followed by a panel discussion on successes, challenges, and opportunities for enhancing coordination  
  • Tammy Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of BC
  • Martina Beck, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Lloyd Knight, Idaho Invasive Species Council 
  • Stephanie Hester, Montana Invasive Species Council
  • Jalene Littlejohn, Oregon Invasive Species Council
  • Ray Willard, Washington Invasive Species Council

PNWER Invasive Species Action Items: Group Discussion
Presentation and group discussion on process for recommendations; overview of current and proposed action items for PNWER related to invasive species priorities
  • Kate Wilson – Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation/Co-Chair
  • Justin Bush – Washington Invasive Species Council/afternoon moderator



Speakers
avatar for Martina Beck

Martina Beck

Invasive Fauna Unit Head, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Martina is the Invasive Fauna Unit Head for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. She is the Ministry’s science and strategic policy lead for terrestrial and aquatic invasive animals. Martina is a member of the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working and... Read More →
avatar for Justin Bush

Justin Bush

Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council
Justin Bush is employed by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, filling the role of Executive Coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. He has worked on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including... Read More →
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Tammy Davis

Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
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Stephanie Hester

Montana Invasive Species Council
Stephanie Hester is an invasive species program manager with Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She has been the coordinator of the Montana Invasive Species Council since its inception in December 2014. She also manages the Department’s aquatic invasive... Read More →
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Manjit Kerr-Upal

Director, Conservation Science, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies
Manjit Kerr-Upal is the Director of Conservation Science with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. She leads a team of scientists who provide provincial-level leadership on a broad range of fish and wildlife conservation priorities including species... Read More →
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Lloyd Knight

Administrator, Division of Plant Industries, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Lloyd Knight is the Administrator for the Division of Plant Industries at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). In this position, Lloyd oversees 45 full-time employees, a budget of approximately $15 million, and programs that range from those protecting plant health and... Read More →
avatar for Jalene Littlejohn

Jalene Littlejohn

Director, Samara Group
Jalene Littlejohn is co-founder and director of Samara Group, an Oregon-based consulting firm that was created to enhance environmental projects with rigorous science, collaboration and engaging communications. Samara Group is contracted to coordinate the Oregon Invasive Species Council... Read More →
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Gail Wallin

Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of BC
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Bill Whitacre

Policy Advisor, Western Governors Association
Bill Whitacre joined the policy team in 2016 after a year as a Policy Fellow, and provides support for the "Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative." The Denver native’s portfolio includes grazing, invasive species, Payments in Lieu of Taxes, and the Secure Rural Schools and... Read More →
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Ray Willard

Chair, Washington Invasive Species Council
Mr. Willard is a landscape architect and the roadside maintenance program manager at the Washington State Department of Transportation. A 30-year transportation department employee, he has been working on the state's integrated, roadside vegetation management for the past 20 years... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Commission Administrator, Montana Natural Resources and Conservation
Kate Wilson has been working in the water world for over 12 years. Her initial focus was on water quality and quantity issues in the Pend Oreille Basin for the Lakes Commission, an advisory board to the Governor of Idaho created in 2003. Stemming from the work with the Lakes Commission... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room 2

2:30pm

Columbia River Treaty: Grand Coulee Dam Tour
Grand Coulee Dam Tour
When: Wednesday, July 2  from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Must register before June 20)

This tour will feature the Grand Coulee Dam, one of the most significant water systems in Eastern Washington. Participants will get the chance to take part in a special tour of the facilities and hear from the local community about the impacts of the Dam on the regional economy and ecosystem.  We are also planning for a reception to further discuss and understand the significance of the Dam.

Security Clearance:
Participants need to send in passport details one month before the Tour (6/20).
Please fill out the following security form after registration for the tour, and send the form back with the appropriate photo ID to Angelica Wang at angelica.wang@pnwer.org.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Davenport Grand Hotel

2:30pm

Fairchild Air Force Base Policy Tour

Fairchild AFB is home to a wide variety of units and missions. Most prominent is it air refueling mission. Other units here include the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school, medical detachments, a weapons squadron, and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.

Over 5,200 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and tenant organization military and civilian employees work on Fairchild, making the base the largest employer in Easter Washington. Fairchild's annual economic impact on the Spokane Community is approximately $427 million, constituting 13 percent of the local economy.

Attendees will be given a tour of the base's facilities, and learn more about the important role the base plays in the local economy. 

Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Fairchild Air Force Base

2:30pm

Kaiser Aluminum Policy Tour
Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Kaiser Aluminum

2:30pm

Policy Tour
Details to be announced

Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 5:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

6:00pm

Closing Reception
Wednesday July 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Terrace East

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
President's Suite
 
Thursday, July 26
 

11:30pm

Columbia River Treaty Policy Tour
Formal negotiations between the U.S. and Canada on the Columbia River Treaty began early this year. The agreement, which began in 1964, governs hydropower and flood-control operations along the Columbia River.  

This two-day tour will take participants to a number of significant sites along the Columbia River on both sides of the border, and will feature insights from leading experts on recommendations for modernizing the Treaty.

Further details will be announced later but the tour will last Thursday all-day to 5:30pm Friday. The Thursday night hotel will be arranged by PNWER with attendees responsible for the cost.  

Priority will be given to legislators.


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:30pm - TBA
TBA