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Tuesday, July 23 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Energy Resilience, Regional Reliability, and the Importance of Energy Infrastructure

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Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Representative Derek Skees, Montana
Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association

Energy Update from Saskatchewan
Honourable Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan

Western Canada Energy Infrastructure Mega Projects: 
What is the status and what are the issues around the large energy infrastructure projects – LNG Export on the northern BC Coast; TransMountain Expansion Pipeline project, and the KXL TransCanada Pipeline? What are the impacts that these projects have on the PNWER economy?  If these go forward at approximately the same time, what might the implications be on our regional workforce?

Moderator: Barry Penner, Director of BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and former BC Attorney General, Environment Minister, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations

Bryan Cox, President and CEO, BC LNG Alliance
Chris Montgomery, Manager, Exploration and Production Engagement, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Energy Interdependence and Resource Flexibility Discussion
What do we need to do as a region to ensure continued reliability of both natural gas and electricity infrastructure for long term economic resilience?

Resource Adequacy is starting to be displaced by concept of resource flexibility. Join us for a regional discussion on defining resource flexibility, examining the nexus of where gas loads and electric generation meet. How do we address the growing interdependence of our gas and electric systems? How do we ‘backstop’ the NW Power Grid? What is being done to examine our North-South transmission capacity for long term reliability, especially given the impact of last winter’s natural gas pipeline disruption on downstream users?

Frank Afranji, President, Northwest Power Pool
David Bennett, Director of Communications and External Relations, Fortis BC
Nicolas Garcia, Policy Director, Washington PUD Association
Dan Kirschner, Working Group Co-Chair, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association

Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

Action Item Discussion 

Hosted by MDU Resources

More information on the working group here.

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Dan Kirschner

Executive Director; Energy Development and Transmission Working Group Co-chair, 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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Rep. Derek Skees

Legislator; Energy Development and Transmission Working Group Co-Chair, Montana State Legislature
Derek Skees was born in Orlando Florida, and moved to Montana when he was in grade school. Loves the great outdoors and all the opportunities for enjoying nature in Big Sky country and quickly grew to call this incredible state home. Derek graduated from Columbia Falls Senior High... Read More →
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Frank Afranji

President, Northwest Power Pool
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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 aboriginal relations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions... Read More →
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Bryan Cox

President & CEO, BC LNG Alliance
Bryan Cox is the President and CEO of the BC LNG Alliance. As the leading voice and advocate for the LNG industry in BC, Bryan leads a team actively working with governments, business leaders, First Nations, communities, and the broader public to seize BC’s opportunity to build... Read More →
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Hon. Bronwyn Eyre

Minister of Energy and Resources & Minister responsible for SaskWater and SaskEnergy, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan; MLA
Bronwyn Eyre was elected MLA for Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota in the 2016 provincial election.A former radio broadcaster and columnist, Bronwyn also served as a Saskatoon public school board trustee. Previously, she was a senior writer/editor for UK-based legal publications Commercial... Read More →
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Nicolas Garcia

Policy Director, Washington PUD Association
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Jeff Morris

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Rep. Jeff Morris is recognized as a preeminent source of critical thought on policy issues in the public and private sectors in the areas of energy, critical infrastructure, technology and commercialization.He’s been named one of the 13 most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United... Read More →
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Barry Penner

Director, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre
A practicing lawyer with extensive political and international experience, Mr. Penner provides practical strategies, policy and legal advice for addressing issues involving First Nations, various levels of government and the media.  Working with a range of private and public sector... Read More →

Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
Bess Williams Pascoe