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Sunday, July 22

4:30pm AKDT

(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 AKDT
BNSF Railcar
Monday, July 23

7:30am AKDT

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

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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 →


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 →
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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 →
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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 AKDT
Grand AB

12:30pm AKDT

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

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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 AKDT
Grand AB

6:00pm AKDT

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 AKDT
WSU Spokane Health Sciences Building
Tuesday, July 24

7:30am AKDT

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 

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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 AKDT
Grand AB

12:30pm AKDT

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

Hosted by Avista

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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 AKDT
Grand AB

6:00pm AKDT

Open Evening
Dinner on your own - enjoy Spokane with your new PNWER friends
Nearby restaurants

Tuesday July 24, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm AKDT
Davenport Grand Hotel
Wednesday, July 25

7:30am AKDT

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.

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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 →
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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 AKDT
Grand AB

12:00pm AKDT

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

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Bruce Agnew

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

6:00pm AKDT

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