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Monday, July 22 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Invasive Species I

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The Invasive Species Working Group focuses on establishing a regional defense against invasive threats by bringing together state and provincial partners to collaborate on initiatives and coordinate on strategic partnerships, information sharing, and best practices.

Working Group Co-Chairs
  • Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho State Legislature
  • Kate Wilson, Commission Administrator, Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Opening remarks & Introductions
Action items, funding comparison, federal funding updates, emerging threats & priorities 
  • Kate Wilson, Commission Administrator, Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Update from Manitoba on Status of Invasive Mussels
Mussel impacts, program, challenges, and successes. What is the latest status from neighboring province that is dealing with invasive quagga and zebra mussels?  
  • Jeff Long, AIS Director & Manager, Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development

Update on Federal Aquatic Invasive Species Funding, Program & Auditor General’s Report
Fisheries & Oceans Canada to provide an overview of the federal AIS program with updates on western provincial collaboration and outcomes/findings of the Auditor General’s Report. PNWER CEO to provide update on federal funding status for AIS in the west (WRDA)
  • Frederic Beauregard-Tellier, General Director, Biodiversity Management, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Matt Morrison, CEO, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

Legislative Panel
Legislators will have an opportunity to emphasize key concerns and issues. Legislators will present the latest legislative, operational and/ or programmatic efforts to protect western jurisdictions from invasive species threats
  • Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho
  • Herb Cox, MLA, Saskatchewan
  • Sen. Jon Sesso, Montana 
  • Rep. Jeff Morris, Washington
  • MLA Richard Gotfried, Alberta
  • Sen. Arnie Roblan, Oregon

Western Provinces Priorities
Opportunity to emphasize accomplishments and priorities of the Western Provinces AIS Working Group
  • Matt Tyree, Saskatchewan
  • Manjit Kerr-Upal, British Columbia
  • Jeff Long, Manitoba
  • Nicole Kimmel, Alberta
  • Jeri Geiger, Saskatchewan

Action Items Discussion


Frederic Beauregard-Tellier

Director, Air Emissions Priorities, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Fred is the director general of the biodiversity management directorate at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  He joined the Department in June 2019.  Most recently, Fred worked at Environment and Climate Change Canada where he played a leadership role in the development and implementation... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Commission Administrator; Invasive Species Working Group Co-chair, 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 →
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Terry Gestrin

Representative; Invasive Species Working Group Co-chair, 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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Herb Cox

MLA, Government of Saskatchewan
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Herb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brandon University. After graduation he moved to Saskatchewan and, while employed with a financial institution, worked in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Swift Current, and North Battleford.Prior... Read More →

Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
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