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Wednesday, July 24 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Disaster Resilience

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The PNWER Center for Regional Disaster Resilience works on emergency preparedness and disaster resilience projects across the Pacific Northwest from its Seattle office. The CRDR operates under the umbrella of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), and is committed to working with states, provinces, territories, and communities to create public-private partnerships, develop action plans, and undertake pilot projects and activities to improve regional disaster resilience cooperation.

Co-Chairs
Rep. Cindy Ryu, Washington State Legislature
Brad Richy, Director, Idaho Office of Emergency Management

Border Policy and Security Roundtable Listening Session 9:15 – 10:15am
Stakeholder listening session with DHS and CBSA on improving the Canada-U.S. border and addressing security and disaster resilience issues. Each stakeholder will have 3 minutes for comments and/or recommendations.
Invited Speakers:
Gerry Bruno, YVR (Beyond Preclearance Coalition)
Jennifer Fox, NASCO
Brad Richy, ID Emergency Management Director & President of the National Emergency Management Association; PNWER Disaster Resilience Co-chair
David Miller, CN
MLA Larry DokeSK; PNWER Agriculture Co-chair
Ryan Malane, Black Ball Ferry
Pat Whalen, CanAm BTA
Jim Titsworth, BNSF
Sen. Mike Cuffe, MT; PNWER Border Policy Co-chair
Ron Reinas, Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority
Bruce Agnew,  Cascadia Center; PNWER Transportation Co-chair  

Mitigation and Resilience Planning Across the Region 10:30 – 11:30am
Lessons from Canada, How can a watershed approach work to promote disaster resilience? What roles do government and the private sector play? How do we incentivize preparedness and mitigation? The United States Government is about to launch a new effort to promote disaster mitigation and they are providing a significant increase in funding. Learn more about this new programmatic effort at this session.
Moderator: Eric Holdeman, Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
 Rep. Cindy RyuChair of the WA House Committee on Housing, Community Development & Veteran’s Committe
Brad RichyDirector, Idaho Office of Emergency Management
Mike NemethDirector, Environment and Sustainability, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.
David HillDirector of Development, Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program; Centre for Agricultural Research and Agribusiness Innovation; Office of the Vice President (Research), University of Lethbridge
Robert EzelleDirector, Emergency Management Division, Washington State Military Department

Action Items

Closing Remarks

Moderators
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Eric Holdeman

Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local governments. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus... Read More →

Speakers
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David Hill

Director of Development, Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program; Water Policy Working Group Co-chair, Centre for Agricultural Research & Agribusiness Innovation
David Hill is jointly appointed by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge as the Director of Development for the Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program. This initiative integrates academic training, fundamental and applied research from the college and university... Read More →
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Rep. Cindy Ryu

Chair of the WA House Committee on Housing, Community Development & Veterans Committee; Disaster Resilience Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Rep. Cindy Ryu is serving her 5th term in the Washington State House of Representatives. She received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Washington. Cindy was a licensed insurance agent for 24 years and now chairs the Housing... Read More →
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Brad Richy

Director; Disaster Resilience Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Office of Emergency Management
Brad Richy is the Director of Idaho Office of Emergency Management. As the Director of Idaho Office of Emergency Management, he is directly responsible for Idaho emergency readiness and preparedness planning in support of the Idaho Homeland Security and Emergency Management Strategies... Read More →
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Mike Nemeth

Director, Environment and Sustainability, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.
Mike is the Director, Environment and Sustainability at WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.  He leads and manages teams under multiple lines of business to support company growth.  He manages, develops, and supports projects related to sustainable industrial development, natural resource... Read More →



Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Sheraton Top of the Inn