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Monday, July 23
 

9:15am AKDT

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 →
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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 →
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Leslie Blakey

President, Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors
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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 →
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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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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 AKDT
Birch Ballroom

11:30am AKDT

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 →
avatar for Sen. Chuck Winder

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 AKDT
Birch Ballroom

2:30pm AKDT

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 AKDT
Birch Ballroom
 
Tuesday, July 24
 

2:30pm AKDT

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 AKDT
Birch Ballroom