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Monday, July 23
 

9:15am AKDT

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 AKDT
Cedar Ballroom

2:30pm AKDT

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 →
avatar for Gerry Bruno

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 →
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 Rose Marie Davis

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 →
avatar for Jennifer Fox

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 →
avatar for John Ossowski

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 →
avatar for Amgad Shehata

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 →
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 Solomon Wong

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 AKDT
Cedar Ballroom
 
Tuesday, July 24
 

9:15am AKDT

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 →
avatar for Gerry Bruno

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 →
avatar for Dave Cowen

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 →
avatar for Gynii Gilliam

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 →
avatar for Paul Nursey

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 →
avatar for Rep. Gael Tarleton

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 →
avatar for Greg Wirtz

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 AKDT
Meeting Room 11