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Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Registration
Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 7:00pm
Bessborough Convention Foyer

12:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Luncheon
Closed meeting

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bess Terrace Lounge

1:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Open to all PNWER attendees

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Bess Salon Batoche

5:00pm

Sponsor Appreciation Reception (Invitation only)
PNWER thanks the private sector supporters. Please join us for a special event with PNWER officers. (invitation only)

Sunday July 21, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bess Terrace Lounge

6:00pm

Welcome Reception featuring His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon
Meet your fellow delegates at the Welcome Reception  featuring His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon.

Hosted by the City of Saskatoon and Tourism Saskatoon.

Speakers
avatar for His Worship Charlie Clark

His Worship Charlie Clark

Mayor, City of Saskatoon
Charlie Clark was elected Mayor of Saskatoon in 2016 with a mandate to make Saskatoon the city that gets it right – on planning for growth, creating economic opportunities, and improving safety and quality of life for all residents. Charlie is passionate about Saskatoon. He believes... Read More →


Sunday July 21, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bess Gardens

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Join us for a casual and relaxed opportunity to connect with your fellow delegates.

Hosted by CN. 

Sunday July 21, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn
 
Monday, July 22
 

7:00am

Registration
Monday July 22, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sheraton Conference Foyer

7:30am

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Breakfast featuring former U.S. - Canada Ambassadors reflecting on the relationship between Canada and the U.S.
Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Breakfast featuring former U.S. - Canada Ambassadors reflecting on the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

Featuring U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins, Canadian Ambassador Michael Kergin, U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson. Moderated by Scotty Greenwood, Canadian American Business Council.

Hosted by Nutrien 

Speakers
avatar for Ambassador David Wilkins

Ambassador David Wilkins

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Ambassador David Wilkins 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 by President George W. Bush. Since returning home from Canada... Read More →
avatar for Scotty Greenwood

Scotty Greenwood

CEO, Canadian American Business Council
Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood is a Crestview Strategy Partner and the Managing Director of the U.S. A former American diplomat to Canada and a frequent media commentator and public speaker, Scotty serves as a business and public policy advocate, communications expert and political... Read More →
avatar for Ambassador David Jacobson

Ambassador David Jacobson

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Mr. Jacobson became Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group in October 2013. In that role he is responsible for driving business across all lines, including Capital Markets, Personal and Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management. Among other responsibilities at the Bank, Mr. Jacobson... Read More →
avatar for Ambassador Michael Kergin

Ambassador Michael Kergin

Michael Kergin is a Senior Advisor to Bennett Jones LLP. He provides strategic advice to clients on international affairs, particularly Canada-US relations. He has over forty years of experience in the Federal Government of Canada. Michael is a former Canadian Ambassador to the United... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Sheraton Ballroom

9:15am

Trade
PNWER has worked with public and private stakeholders to provide input to federal partners on specific issues impacting trade between the U.S. and Canada, including USMCA/NAFTA, the impact of tariffs, and the regulatory cooperation council (RCC). Information on our NAFTA Modernization taskforce, U.S.M.C.A resolution and other work is available here.

Co-chairs:
Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada, Seattle
Katherine Dhanani, US Consul General, Vancouver

Opening comments from Consuls General on the benefits of USMCA/CUSMA, and the path forward. 
Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada, Seattle 
Katherine Dhanani, US Consul General, Vancouver

A global perspective on the North American trade relationship. How is North America positioned to lead the world in trade in the 21st Century?
 
Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Fore­­­ign Relations (CFR) and Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for International Business, Western Washington University
 
US-Canada Trade Panel – Commentary on current events impacting trade and the path forward. 
 
Moderated by Chris Dekker, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership
Lucia Piazza, US Consul General, Calgary 
Stéphane Lessard, Consul General of Canada, Denver
Scotty Greenwood, CEO Canadian American Business Council
Ben Voss, President & CEO, Morris Industries Ltd
Gordon Stoner, Director US Dry Pea & Lentil Association
 
 Action Item Discussion: How can PNWER work to address current trade issues?



Speakers
avatar for Katherine Dhanani

Katherine Dhanani

Consul General, United States Consulate, 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 →
avatar for Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee

Consul General, Consulate General of Canada
Mr. Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, with accreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Brandon Lee joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004.He has a background leading management... Read More →
avatar for Lucia Piazza

Lucia Piazza

Consul General, United States Consulate, 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 from the National War College... Read More →
avatar for Scotty Greenwood

Scotty Greenwood

CEO, Canadian American Business Council
Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood is a Crestview Strategy Partner and the Managing Director of the U.S. A former American diplomat to Canada and a frequent media commentator and public speaker, Scotty serves as a business and public policy advocate, communications expert and political... Read More →
avatar for Stéphane Lessard

Stéphane Lessard

Consul General, Global Affairs Canada, Consulate General of Canada, Denver
Stéphane Lessard joined Global Affairs Canada at the Consulate General of Canada in August 2016. As Canada's Consul General in Denver, Stéphane oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Stoner

Gordon Stoner

President, National Association of Wheat Growers
Gordon Stoner manages a fourth-generation farm near Outlook, Mont., in the northeastern part of the state. Stoner Farms is a 100 percent no-till, continuous cropping operation raising 12,000 acres of durum, peas, corn, oil seeds and lentils along with a commercial cow/calf operation... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Sheraton Top of the Inn

9:15am

Tourism
The Tourism Working Group works to develop a more interconnected tourism region and facilitate collaboration among industry partners in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. During the year, the Working Group helped to support other initiatives such as the PNWER Preclearance Task Force and the cross-border infrastructure projects which focuses on expediting cross-border travel and tourism.

Working Group Co-Chairs
Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State Legislature
Dave Cowen, CEO, The Butchart Gardens

Opening Remarks &  Introductions by Co-Chairs
Action items, priorities, and goals for the session
  • Dave Cowen, CEO, The Butchart Gardens 
  • Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State Legislature

Regional Tourism Dashboard
Updates on the latest regional tourism picture, including key statistics and infographics, economic impact and employment figures on the state of the tourism industry in the PNWER region
  • Matthew Holme, Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management at Destination Greater Victoria

2019 IMPACT Travel & Tourism Sustainability Conference
Hear about key findings, with a focus on identifying solutions to create a regenerative tourism industry based on youth engagement and the four pillars of tourism sustainability: ecology and the environment, community and sense of place, culture and heritage and the economy.  
  • Matthew Holme, Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management at Destination Greater Victoria

Industry Listening Session: Indigenous Tourism 
Case Study of Saskatchewan Indigenous Tourism Corridor: There is true power in developing and connecting transformative experiences across boundaries and regions. The Indigenous people who have called North America home for millennia have stories and perspectives to share. Those stories are key to pivoting to a transformative experience tourism model if approached in an authentic way. The Indigenous Tourism Corridor project is an example of a model that is changing the way Saskatchewan approaches export tourism development.
  • Jim Bence, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association
  • Christian Boyle, Owner, Glyph Creative Strategy 

Electrification and Modernization of Tourism Ground Transportation 
How can industy and government collaborate to create a more sustainable tourism industry by modernizing visitor ground transportation? And how can we collaborate regionally to develop coordinated transportation policy that incentivizes electrification?  How can a regional green tourism transportation strategy help unite the PNWER region as a progressive “Two-nation vacation” destination, positioning us become a world leader as it relates to managing sustainable tourism growth and cross-border technology?

Case for a Regional Electrification Strategy and Victoria Example
  • David Roberts, Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Transportation Services
  • Lindsay Gaunt, Director of Cruise Development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Industry Round Table:
Around the room call for industry issues and briefings 

Action Items Discussion
Determine Key Findings & Action Items

Adjourn

More details here.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Boyle

Christian Boyle

Owner, Glyph Creative Strategy
Christian Boyle is the Owner and Principle Service Provider of Glyph Creative Strategy, a boutique economic development consulting agency with a focus on tourism development. Christian has worked professionally in the tourism and economic development sectors for the past 12 years... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Gaunt

Lindsay Gaunt

Director, Cruise Development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
As Director, Cruise Development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Lindsay Gaunt is proud to represent her hometown of Victoria, BC, to the international cruise industry. She works closely with local stakeholders, industry associations and cruise lines to sustainably develop... Read More →
avatar for David Roberts

David Roberts

General Manager, Pacific Northwest Transportation Services
David Roberts has been working in the tourist industry over the last 25 years. He started as a tour busdriver and has gone on to manage a number of tourism companies ranging from attractions totransportation to sightseeing. After opening his own Company, A Capital Idea Consulting... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Holme

Matthew Holme

Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management at Destination Greater Victoria
Matthew Holme is Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management at Destination Greater Victoria. Prior to taking this position in 2017, he spent nine years in British Columbia provincial government ministers’ offices and the last four as a Chief of Staff. In his role... Read More →
avatar for Jim Bence

Jim Bence

President & CEO, Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association
Starting in the hospitality industry in 1983 at the Sheraton Cavalier in Calgary AB, Jim had worked in most departments of a full service hotel.  Working in front line, supervisory, and management positions, Jim settled into HR spending 18 years of his career as a Director of Human... Read More →
avatar for Dave Cowen

Dave Cowen

CEO; Tourism Working Group Co-chair, The Butchart Gardens
Dave Cowen is proud to be associated with The Butchart Gardens. As a biology undergraduate, Dave's career began on the front line and progressed through the operational and business sides of The Gardens. He currently holds the position of CEO, and is responsible for overseeing daily... Read More →
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Rep. Gael Tarleton

Legislator; Tourism Working Group Co-Chair, Washington State Legislature
After a decade working at the Pentagon on security issues affecting ports across the country and other critical facilities, Gael ran two international subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 company in Russia. She was responsible for creating disaster preparedness and emergency response plans... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Terrace Lounge

9:15am

Energy Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience
Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Co-Chairs:
Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, MLA, British Columbia
Paul Manson, CEO, DC Grid Development Corporation


The Pacific Northwest is a global leader in energy innovations and clean technology. This session will explore the latest technology and the best policies to support infrastructure resiliency, clean tech, and renewable energy.

PNWER Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-low Energy Buildings in the Pacific Northwest
PNWER is advancing the development of a “Roadmap” to improve resilience and energy efficiency for new and existing buildings through “net zero” emissions construction targets and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings by 2030.  Efficient buildings encourage job creation, affordability, competitiveness, and resilience. Through consultations with all levels of government and the private sector, the Roadmap will develop market driven strategies to promote energy efficiency including technical research; best
practice sharing; promotion of innovative technologies and construction materials; industry capacity building; and workforce development. Currently, the Energy and Environment Working Group is commissioning research at the University of Victoria to examine synergies in building design and retrofit solutions that advance climate adaptation, resilience, and energy savings objectives. Join the Resilience
Building Network at www.pnwer.org/energy-and-environment.

The connection between infrastructure, energy innovation, and resilient cities
How do we prepare region to take advantage of new energy technologies, adapt to climate stresses, and foster resilient cities? Public leaders and industry experts will examine the connections and interdependencies between infrastructure, energy innovations and resiliency in this panel. Speakers will share their experience with these emerging opportunities as well as explore the role of cities, states/provinces, and the private sector in developing a resilient northwest.

Panelists
Representative Beth Doglio, Washington (via phone)
Ian Loughran, President, Vereco Homes Inc.
Dwight Fitx Bramble, 
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Estevan
Virginia Wittrock, Climate Research Specialist, Saskatchewan Research Council

Renewable Energy in Northern/Indigenous/Remote Communities 
Remote, indigenous, and northern communities face unique challenges and creative solutions in meeting energy needs for consumers and industry. Each panel participant will showcase the benefits of their project and address the technical, financing, and workforce challenges faced. Participants will discuss the best practices in energy efficiency and resiliency and how can they be applied in the rest of the PNWER jurisdictions

Moderator: Paul Manson, Working Group Co-Chair 

Panelists
Jenna Gall, Community Energy Project Manager, First Nations Power Authority
David Isaac, President, W Dusk Energy Group
Jessica Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.
Dr. Greg Poelzer, Co-Director SSHRC Energy Partnership, University of Saskatchewan


Action Item Discussion

Hosted by FortisBC, Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Energy
Trust of Oregon, RDH Building Science, Construction Center of Excellence, & BC
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


More information on the working group here.

Speakers
avatar for David Isaac

David Isaac

President, W Dusk Energy Group
David Isaac, also known as Wugadusk in his traditional name, is a Mi’kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec but was raised in Vancouver within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples. He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment and has previously... Read More →
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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology; Energy and Environment 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 →
avatar for Paul Manson

Paul Manson

CEO; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, DC Grid Development Corporation
Since 1988, Paul Manson has held executive management positions with several development companies in the natural resource industries, and currently serves as CEO of Vancouver-based DC Grid Development Corporation. Paul is the former President of Sea Breeze Power Corp. and founder... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Greg Poelzer

Dr. Greg Poelzer

Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
avatar for Jenna Gall

Jenna Gall

Community Energy Project Manager, First Nations Power Authority
Jenna Gall joined FNPA in 2017 to develop FNPA’s portfolio in community energy planning, community-scale renewable energy projects, and solar development. Jenna has been working in renewable energy since 2012 and has a wealth of experience in environmental impact assessment, project... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Beth Doglio

Rep. Beth Doglio

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Representative Doglio has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Nixon

Jessica Nixon

Chief Executive Officer, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.
Jessica is the CEO of Cowessess First Nation’s development corporation, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.  Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Regina with a major in finance and economics.  Jessica also holds a Masters of Business Administration... Read More →
avatar for Ian Loughran

Ian Loughran

Owner, Vereco Homes Inc.
Since completing his Engineering Physics degree in 1995 at the University of Saskatchewan, Ian has enjoyed a diverse and entrepreneurial career. Ian’s experience ranges from working globally in the telecommunications industry to that of an entrepreneur, founding a couple of start-ups... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Wittrock

Virginia Wittrock

Research Scientist / Climatologist, Saskatchewan Research Council
Virginia Wittrock is a Climate Research Specialist and Research Scientist, Environment Division, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). She is an experienced expert in climate impact, adaptation and vulnerability assessments; urban, agriculture and forest climatology; hazards... Read More →



Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Williams Pascoe

9:15am

Invasive Species I
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

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Terry Gestrin

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
Bess Salon Batoche

9:15am

Forestry
The Forestry Working Group includes private forest managers and landholders, legislators and agency staff dedicated to healthy and sustainable forest management, as well as non-profit partners in conservancy and academics in forestry and wood product research.

Working Group Co-Chairs
Mark Peck, Libby County Commissioner, Montana
Travis Joseph, President, American Forest Resource Council

More details here

"Fire and Smoke"

I. Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks
Working Group Co-Chairs
Travis Joseph, President, American Forest Resource Council
Mark Peck, Libby County Commissioner, Montana

II. Wildfire Impacts on Tourism, Public Health, and Local Economies
What are the current impacts on tourism, public health, and local economies from wildfires in our region? What will be the long-term impacts on our region from evermore intense wildfire seasons?

Sara Morrissey, Public Affairs Manager, Travel Oregon
Dr. Christopher T. Migliaccio, Research Associate Professor, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, University of Montana

III. Mitigation Strategies- What Can We Do About It?
What mitigation strategies are being employed in our region? What are the challenges and successes? 

Larry Fremont, Education and Prevention Co-ordinator, Wildfire Management Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

Travis Joseph, President, American Forest Resource Council

Further Speakers TBA

IV. Action Items

Speakers
avatar for Travis Joseph

Travis Joseph

President; Forestry Working Group Co-chair, American Forest Resource Council
Travis was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon but spent eight years in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to an Oregon congressman, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of... Read More →
avatar for Mark Peck

Mark Peck

Lincoln County District 1 Commissioner, Forestry Working Group Co-Chair, Lincoln Country Board of County Commissioners
Mark Peck is a Libby native who currently works as the Libby Unit Manager for the Montana Department of Natural Resources. He is a retired active duty Air Force veteran with 20 years of service. Mark also served for four years as the Director of Emergency Services for Flathead County... Read More →
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Sara Morrissey

Public Affairs Manager, Travel Oregon
Sara Morrissey is the Public Affairs Manager for Travel Oregon. She is the agency’s point person for the Oregon Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response which is tasked to review Oregon's current model for wildfire prevention, preparedness and response, analyzing whether or not... Read More →
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Dr. Christopher Migliaccio

Research Associate Professor, University of Montana
Christopher Migliaccio is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Montana. He earned his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of California, Davis in 2000 and his Pharm.D. at the University of Montana in 2016. At the University of Montana, he received postdoctoral training... Read More →
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Larry Fremont

Education and Prevention Coordinator, Wildfire Management Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Larry Fremont has worked for the Ministry of Environment for 37 years.  He started his career working on a fire crew, moved on into a Conservation Officer role and then back into the wildfire program working first as a Forest Protection Officer before transitioning into his current... Read More →



Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Sheraton West Room

11:30am

Networking Break
Monday July 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Hampton's Room

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon featuring the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan
Keynote Luncheon featuring the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan.

Hosted by Canpotex.

Speakers
avatar for Premier Scott Moe

Premier Scott Moe

Premier, Saskatchewan
Scott Moe was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election in the constituency of Rosthern Shellbrook. He was re-elected in 2016. He was elected Leader of the Saskatchewan Party on January 27, 2018 and sworn in as Premier of Saskatchewan on February... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Sheraton Ballroom

2:30pm

Agriculture
Working Group Co-Chairs:
Larry Doke
, MLA, Saskatchewan
Patrick Kole, Idaho Potato Commission

Participants will meet in the hotel lobby to catch the bus to Ag-InMotion at 2:30pm. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes since many displays will be outdoors. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be bused straight to the evening reception at the University following the demonstrations. 

Special offsite session at Ag-In-Motion facility to tour and learn about the latest advances in Agriculture technology. See the newest agricultural technology in the field. Ag in Motion, Western Canada’s first outdoor farm expo, is situated on 320 acres of prime agricultural land, northwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The session will feature live demonstrations of field equipment, crop plots and interactive agribusiness exhibits showcasing the newest technology in ag.

Welcome and opening remarks
Hon. David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture

Technology and Agriculture
How is new technology impacting agriculture across the region? What policy updates are needed to address the growing demand for new tech in Ag? 
  • Lack of a high-tech curriculum for agriculture students – we need “Techgronomists” and we need them now…
  • Lack of broadband coverage – can’t have a Smart farm with a Slow connection
  • There is a need to deal with regulatory issues regarding autonomous farm equipment, how can our elected leaders work with industry to address this gap. 
Robert D. Saik, PAg, CAC, CEO, DOT Farm Solutions

1) DOT Demo - The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction. Its U-shaped frame facilitates the direct loading of implements, so that, once loaded, the implement “becomes one” with the mobile powered platform.
2) Drone Demo - Drone technology produces in accurate, actionable and affordable data. The surge in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology allows for the collection and delivery of information that was, until recently, cost prohibitive or even impossible to obtain.
3) Pessl/Metos technology Demo - The METOS equipment is new to Western North America it uses the LoRa network to deliver data collected by a wide range of sensors to the user in way that is less prone to interference at a lower cost than current digital options.
4) University of Saskatchewan seminar (Soil Fertility & Herbicide technology) Using crop imagery to drive yield increases from plant breeding and crop management

More details here: http://www.pnwer.org/agriculture.html

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association



Speakers
avatar for Larry Doke

Larry Doke

MLA; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election and was re-elected in April 2016.  He has previously served Saskatchewan as a Member of the Treasury and Investment Board; Member of Economy Standing Committee and Vice Chair of Economy Caucus... Read More →
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Patrick Kole

Vice President ; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Potato Commission
Patrick Kole is the Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). Mr. Kole has practiced law for the past thirty-nine years. He has specialized for the last twenty-four with IPC, where he focused, in part, on market access issues, including developing... Read More →
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Hon. David Marit

Minister, Saskatchewan Agriculture
David Marit was elected MLA for Wood River on April 4th, 2016.On August 23, 2016, David was appointed Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and was later given the added responsibility of serving as Minister responsible for SaskBuilds and Priority Saskatchewan. On August 15, 2018... Read More →
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Robert Saik

CEO, AGvisorPRO Inc.
ROBERT SAIK has forty years of experience as a Professional Agrologist, entrepreneur and an international consultant who's worked with a wide variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates.His latest book, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed the Future” is... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 2:30pm - 5:30pm
OFFSITE: Ag in Motion - Western Canada's Farm Expo SK-16, Corman Park No. 344, SK S0K 2L0, Canada

2:45pm

Border Issues
PNWER continues to serve as a top forum for U.S.-Canada border coordination and collaboration by providing input on preclearance and recommendations for potential pilots in our region. PNWER has worked with public and private stakeholders to provide input to federal partners on specific issues to facilitate cross-border travel.
More information here.

Working Group Co-Chairs
Senator Mike Cuffe, Montana
Laurie Trautman, Western Washington University

Pre-Arrival Readiness Evaluation (PARE) pilot: PARE is an automated traffic management system for commercial vehicles departing Canada, which will be used to optimize traffic flow on the Peace Bridge during a planned three-year bridge resurfacing project. CBP is working with PBA to exchange information of commercial vehicles to determine if commercial fees have been paid and travel documentation has been properly filed to further the efficient movement of commercial vehicles and cargo.
Ron Reinas, GM, Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

Preclearance update
Deborah Meyers, DHS

Beyond Preclearance Initiative - moving our Canada-US border toward using smart technology
Gerry Bruno,  Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority

Northern border, remote ports, and the need for co-location, a brief overview from Sen. Mike Cuffe, Montana

CBS/CBSA roundtable: A facilitated dialogue focused on utilizing technology at the border, addressing rural border crossings, preclearance cargo pilot in the northwest and recommendations from the Beyond Preclearance Coalition.
Rose Marie Davis, Director, Innovative Program Acquisitions (IPA), Office of Field Operations (OFO), Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PPAE), US Customs and Border Protection
Mike Leahy, Executive Director in the Commercial and Trade Branch, CBSA

Action Items Discussion:


Speakers
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Mike Leahy

Executive Director in the Commercial and Trade Branch, CBSA
avatar for Sen. Mike Cuffe

Sen. Mike Cuffe

State Senator; Border Issues Working Group Co-chair, Montana State Legislature
Mike Cuffe is a native of Lincoln County, Montana. He graduated from Lincoln County High School and earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Montana at Missoula. While many people in his generation elected to leave Lincoln County to pursue jobs elsewhere, Representative... Read More →
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Laurie Trautman

Director; Border Issues Working Group Co-chair, Border Policy Research Institute at WWU
Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research activities focused on the U.S. - Canada border, particularly in the region surrounding Washington State and British Columbia. Topics include... Read More →
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Deborah Meyers

Director, Canadian Affairs and Senior Adviser, North America Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Deborah Meyers is Director for Canadian Affairs and Senior Advisor for North America. In this position, she coordinates DHS engagement with Canada in support of the Department’s goals and Department-wide efforts in support of the North American Leaders’ Summit.  Her portfolio... Read More →
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Ron Rienas

General Manager, Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority
Mr. Rienas is the General Manager of the binational Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority which owns and operates the Peace Bridge between Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario. He oversees operations of the Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Toll/Traffic Departments... Read More →
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Rose Marie Davis

Director, Innovative Program Acquisitions (IPA), Office of Field Operations (OFO), Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PPAE), US Customs and Border Protection
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Gerry Bruno

Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority
Gerry Bruno, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority, leads the advocacy program for federal government policy development to support the Airport Authority’s strategic objectives.Gerry Bruno began his airport career in 1974 with Transport Canada and... Read More →



Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn

2:45pm

University and College Presidents' Roundtable
The Role of Universities in Bridging Economic Reconciliation. 
The format will be a moderated discussion of these questions featuring Indigenous leaders, followed by responses and commentary from a panel of university presidents. The Indigenous panel discussion will be moderated by Craig Hall, Chief Operating Office of Indigenous Works, a non-profit national organization that helps foster successful partnerships between companies and Indigenous organizations.

What are the roles that universities can play to help Indigenous/Native American communities and institutions achieve their self-determination and well-being goals, sustainable socio-economic outcomes, and prosperity?

How can university education and research opportunities be made more attainable for Indigenous students, businesses, organizations, and communities in Canada and the U.S.?  

What do we mean when we talk about ‘innovation' in the Indigenous context? Confirmed Indigenous speakers are:

Lee Ahenakew, a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation and University of Saskatchewan commerce graduate, is a management consultant who builds businesses opportunities with First Nations and industry, with a focus in the natural resource and utility sectors. He has served as Interim CEO for the First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan and is currently on the board of directors. He was formerly chair of the USask Board of Governors, and is currently a board member.  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lee-ahenakew-9138a5a

Judith Sayers, member of the Hupacasath First Nation where she served as Chief for 14 years, is currently a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations, as well as an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. She has a business and law degree and an honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University, and practised law for 18 years. As Chief, her focus included capacity building and sustainable development.  https://www.cleanenergybc.org/about/board-of-directors/judith-sayers

Karen Jarratt-Snider, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her research and teaching interests focus on Indigenous environmental justice, Indigenous justice issues, tribal environmental management, Indigenous environmental health, U.S. federal Indian policy and law, and STEM education for Indigenous students. Jarratt-Snider (PhD) is the co-editor, along with Marianne Nielson, of the Indigenous book series, Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country (2018), Traditional, National, and International Law and Indigenous Communities (forthcoming Spring 2020), and Indigenous Environmental Justice (forthcoming Spring 2020).

Responses and commentary from a panel of university and college presidents:
President Peter Stoicheff, University of Saskatchewan
President Lisa Avery, Portland Community College
President Brett Fairbairn, Thompson Rivers University
President Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic​​


Speakers
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Dr. Brett Fairbairn

President, Thompson Rivers University
A Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Brett taught and conducted research in history, public policy, and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for over 30 years. He has held numerous grants from the Social Sciences and... Read More →
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Karen Jarratt-Snider

Chair and Associate Professor, Applied Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University
Karen Jarratt-Snider (Mississippi Choctaw), PhD, (BS, MPA, PhD, Northern Arizona University – 2006). She received her appointment in the Applied Indigenous Studies Department at Northern Arizona University in 2008 and specializes in indigenous environmental justice, forestry policy... Read More →
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Lisa Avery

President, Portland Community College
Dr. Lisa Avery was appointed the president of Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus in July 2015 and also serves on the national board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges. In her role, she is responsible for leading PCC’s largest and oldest campus... Read More →
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Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
As President and CEO of Sask Polytech, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves more than 28,000 distinct students, and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.Dr. Rosia’s career in education... Read More →
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Dr. Peter Stoicheff

President, University of Saskatchewan
When he was named the University of Saskatchewan's 11th president on October 24, 2015, Peter Stoicheff promised to remain true to the university's storied past, while enhancing its focus on the future—on the university's commitment to being the university the world needs. Under... Read More →
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Lee Ahenakew

Principal, Lee Ahenakew & Associates Consulting
Lee is a collaborative and engaging leader that builds businesses opportunities with First Nations and industry and is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. An expert in business planning and development with an ability to open new markets and build relationships, and with broad... Read More →
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Craig Hall

COO, Indigenous Works
Craig Hall has co-designed and drafted many of Indigenous Works numerous strategic alliances. He is widely recognized for his experience in leveraging corporate needs to the prospects of Indigenous development. During his 11 years in the Northwest Territories, Mr. Hall worked closely... Read More →
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Judith Sayers

President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. Currently she works as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.Judith was... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Bess Terrace Lounge

2:45pm

Climate Policy and Economic Growth
Climate change policies can promote economic growth and job creation by investing in new and innovative industries such as clean tech, low-carbon transportation options, energy efficiency upgrades, and agricultural and forestry investments. This session will explore the linkages between environmental policies, good jobs, and economic growth.

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Co-Chairs:
Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan
Senator Michael Dembrow, Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon


Legislative Panel: What are the economic benefits of climate action strategies? 
Panelists will provide an overview of climate policies in their jurisdiction with an emphasis on the economic benefits and resulting innovation resulting from climate action strategies. Discussion will focus on emerging economic opportunities from workforce developments, tech innovation and lower energy costs; designing climate policies in line with specific emission profiles; and lessons to be shared with the rest of the PNWER region.

Panelists
Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan
Honourable Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan
Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, MLA, British Columbia
Senator Mike Dembrow, Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon

Representative Gael Tarleton, Washington
Paolo Gallina, MLA, Yukon

Industry Panel: How have climate action strategies contributed to the economic growth in your company/industry?
Panelists will share how climate policies have positively impacted their business through business certainty, creation of new markets, incentivizing tech innovation and workforce promotion.

Panelists
David Bennett, Director of Communications and External Relations, Fortis BC
Adam Auer, Vice President of Environment and Sustainability, Cement Association of Canada

Bryan Buggey, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission

Action Item discussion

Speakers
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Bryan Buggey

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission
Bryan is a senior executive with more than three decades of experience as a business leader in entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, management consulting, and economic development. Since 2010, Bryan has been responsible for economic and business development at the City of... Read More →
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Sen. Michael Dembrow

Senator; Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon State Legislature
Michael Dembrow is the state senator for District 23, covering portions of NE and SE Portland and the city of Maywood Park. First elected by voters in 2008 to the state house, he is serving his first term in the senate after being appointed to the seat in November 2013. Voters re-elected... Read More →
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Hon. Dustin Duncan

MLA; Minister of Environment, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Dustin Duncan was first elected as the MLA for the constituency of Weyburn-Big Muddy in a by-election in June 2006 at the age of 26. He was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, and 2016 provincial elections.In August 2017, Dustin was appointed Minister of Environment, Minister responsible... Read More →
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Adam Auer

Vice President of Environment and Sustainability, Cement Association of Canada
Adam has over fifteen years of experience as a sustainability professional working with public, private and non-profit institutions. As Director of Sustainability with the Cement Association of Canada, Adam works with government, industry, environmental and other civil society groups... Read More →
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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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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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Paolo Gallina

MLA, Government of 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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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology; Energy and Environment 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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Rep. Gael Tarleton

Legislator; Tourism Working Group Co-Chair, Washington State Legislature
After a decade working at the Pentagon on security issues affecting ports across the country and other critical facilities, Gael ran two international subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 company in Russia. She was responsible for creating disaster preparedness and emergency response plans... Read More →



Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Bess Williams Pascoe

2:45pm

Invasive Species II
Existing & Emerging Pathways & Threats
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, PNWER Invasive Species Working Group Co-Chair/Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Potash Primer
Potash as molluskicide. The necessity/challenges of registering products in Canada. The processes and differences between the U.S. and Canada re: registration
  • Nicole Kimmel, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Government of Alberta
 
Feral Swine
Provide overview of current distribution, research, impacts, and eradication projects.
  • Ryan Brook, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
 
Firewood as Pathway
Destructive pests have wreaked unprecedented havoc on regional forests. Campaign overview of invested firewood and invasive tree pests.​​​
  • Dr. Rory McIntosh, Provincial Forest Entomologist and Pathologist, Government of Saskatchewan

Prussian Carp
Overview of species, impacts, distribution. Current research and control.
  • Mark Poesch, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Action Items Discussion

Adjourn

More details here

Speakers
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Dr. Mark Peosch

Associate Professor, Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Dr. Mark Poesch is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Renewable Resources. He is the principal investigator of the Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation Laboratory and a leading expert on preservation and restoration of fish species at risk. In... Read More →
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Nicole Kimmel

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Government of Alberta
After 19 years of service with the Government of Alberta, Nicole has joined the fight focusing on aquatic invasive species with Alberta Environment & Parks. She oversees the Aquatic Invasive Species Program for Alberta. She covers everything invasive in the water including fish, mussels... Read More →
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Ryan Brook

Professor in Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Ryan Brook has been passionate about and focused on wildlife and habitat for his entire career, working on the Canadian prairies, parkland, boreal forest, arctic, and occasionally the jungles of Sri Lanka. He is an Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources... Read More →
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Dr. Rory McIntosh Ph.D.

Provincial Forest Entomologist and Pathologist, Government of Saskatchewan
Rory has worked in the field of forestry and forest entomology since 1975. He has an undergraduate degree in forestry (with a major in Forest Entomology) from the University of New Brunswick, a MSc. and Ph.D. (Forest Entomology) from the University of British Columbia. Based in Prince... 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 →



Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Bess Salon Batoche

5:00pm

Networking Break
Monday July 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Hampton's Room

5:30pm

Reception hosted by the University of Saskatchewan featuring Dr. Peter Stoicheff
The University of Saskatchewan is honored to welcome Summit attendees on Monday, July 22 from 6pm  to 8pm for an evening reception to be held on its beautiful campus. 

Speakers
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Dr. Peter Stoicheff

President, University of Saskatchewan
When he was named the University of Saskatchewan's 11th president on October 24, 2015, Peter Stoicheff promised to remain true to the university's storied past, while enhancing its focus on the future—on the university's commitment to being the university the world needs. Under... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
University of Saskatchewan

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Join us for a casual and relaxed opportunity to connect with your fellow delegates.

Hosted by Cameco.

Monday July 22, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn
 
Tuesday, July 23
 

7:00am

Registration
Tuesday July 23, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sheraton Conference Foyer

7:30am

Keynote breakfast "Building Infrastructure for the 21st Century: How does the region look forward to the future markets we need to serve?"
Keynote breakfast "Building Infrastructure for the 21st Century: How does the region look forward to the future markets we need to serve?"  Featuring Vee Kachroo, Senior Vice President, Operations,  Canpotex; Robin Silvester, CEO, Port of Vancouver; Phil Lamarche, Director of Transportation Operations, Federated Co-Operatives Limited; Jim Titsworth, General Director, Canadian Business Development, BNSF Railway. Moderated by Jennifer Fox, North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO).

Plenary hosted by the Pacific Northwest Building Resilience Coalition 

Speakers
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David Miller

Former Assistant VP Government Affairs, CN Rail
CN a leading North American transportation and logistics company is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary.  CN's 19,500 mile rail network spans Canada and mid America connecting with ports on three coasts, the Pacific, Atlantic and the U.S. Gulf.  In addition to rail CN operates... Read More →
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Vee Kachroo

Senior Vice President, Operations, Canpotex
Vee Kachroo was appointed as Senior Vice President, Operations of Canpotex in September 2017.  Vee is based out of Canpotex’s head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a member of the Canpotex Executive Leadership Team.Prior to joining Canpotex, Vee worked for CN rail... Read More →
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Jim Titsworth

General Director, Canadian Business Development, BNSF Railway
Jim Titsworth joined BNSF Railway in February of 1989 and is currently General Director of Canadian Business Development. In this role, he oversees a broad array of business development activities in Canada across all four of BNSF’s Business Units. He has held a variety of positions... Read More →
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Jennifer Fox

Vice President, International Trade Policy & Canada Relations, NASCO
Jennifer Fox is an advocate for Canada’s role in global trade and the impact the CA-US relationship has on North America’s ability to compete in global trade markets.With nearly fifteen years of industry experience in supply chain logistics and trade, Jennifer has developed and... Read More →
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Robin Silvester

CEO, Port of Vancouver
Mr. Silvester was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2009, bringing to the position extensive international experience in both the port and property sectors. Prior to joining the port authority, Mr. Silvester served as chief executive... Read More →
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Phil Lamarche

Director of Transportation Operations, Federated Co-Operatives Limited
Phil Lamarche was recently appointed as the Director Transportation Operations at Federated Cooperatives Ltd in May of 2019. He has been with FCL since October 2017. Prior to his arrival at FCL Phil spent over 30 years in the downstream petroleum industry, 18 of which have been in... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Sheraton Ballroom

9:15am

Agriculture and Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session I
Joint session of the Agriculture and Cross Border Livestock Health Working Groups

Co-chairs
Larry Doke, MLA Saskatchewan
Patrick Kole, VP, Idaho Potato Commission
Janice Tranberg, President and CEO, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Dr. Amber Itle, Acting State Veterinarian, WA Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Trade and the USMCA – How is Agriculture impacted?
A global perspective on current issues impacting North American agriculture trade and the path forward.
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, Canada West Foundation  

Regional Perspective on tariffs and Agriculture trade 
How have tariffs or other trade barriers impacted Ag producers and processors? How will USMCA impact the Agriculture sector? How can regulatory cooperation play a positive role in Canada-US trade and what is needed to advance this initiative?

Private Sector Perspective
Ryder Lee, CEO, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association
Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods
Gordon Stoner, Director US Dry Pea & Lentil Association


Elected Offical Perspective 
Hon. David Marit, SK Minister of Agriculture
MLA Richard Gotfried, Alberta
Rep. Mary Dye, Washington House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee
Senator Bert Brackett, Chair of the Idaho Transportation Committee
Rep. Brad Hamlett, Montana Legislature



More details on the Working Group here.

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association

Speakers
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Carlo Dade

Director of the Centre on Trade and Investment Policy, Canada West Foundation
Carlo Dade is Director of the Centre on Trade and Investment Policy at the Canada West Foundation (CWF) a think tank focused on increasing growth and profitability in western Canada's export economy. He is concurrently a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International... Read More →
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Rep. Mary Dye

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Mary Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian; Cross Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior to... Read More →
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Larry Doke

MLA; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election and was re-elected in April 2016.  He has previously served Saskatchewan as a Member of the Treasury and Investment Board; Member of Economy Standing Committee and Vice Chair of Economy Caucus... Read More →
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Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Janice Tranberg most recently served as an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and wasresponsible for three branches: Crops and Irrigation, Agriculture Research, and Regional Services. Prior to this, she served as the vice president (western Canada... Read More →
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Patrick Kole

Vice President ; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Potato Commission
Patrick Kole is the Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). Mr. Kole has practiced law for the past thirty-nine years. He has specialized for the last twenty-four with IPC, where he focused, in part, on market access issues, including developing... Read More →
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Ryder Lee

CEO, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
In 2015 Ryder Lee moved from Ottawa to Regina to take on the role of CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association works to develop and promote the success of all production sectors of the Saskatchewan beef cattle industry.After over... Read More →
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Rory McAlpine

Sr. Vice Pres., Gov & Industry Relations - AHC WG Chair, Maple Leaf Foods
Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade.Mr. McAlpine... Read More →
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Gordon Stoner

President, National Association of Wheat Growers
Gordon Stoner manages a fourth-generation farm near Outlook, Mont., in the northeastern part of the state. Stoner Farms is a 100 percent no-till, continuous cropping operation raising 12,000 acres of durum, peas, corn, oil seeds and lentils along with a commercial cow/calf operation... Read More →
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David Moss

General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
David oversees the CCA’s general operations including budget and staffing. In the cattle industry his entire life, David’s background includes practical hands-on experience gained in part from running the family feedlot, and custom silage and farming operation, and strategic agribusiness... Read More →
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Sen. Bert Brackett

Chair of the Idaho Transportation Committee, Idaho State Legislature
Born October 17, 1944, in Twin Falls, Idaho; 1962 graduate of Hagerman High School; B.S. in agriculture, University of Idaho; 116th Armored Cavalry, Idaho National Guard; rancher; President Idaho Cattle Association; Chairman Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission; 1996 Cattleman of the... Read More →
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Richard Gotfried

MLA, Alberta
Richard Gotfried was re-elected April 16, 2019, to his second term at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Fish Creek.Mr. Gotfried currently serves as the chair of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the deputy... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Salon Batoche

9:15am

Innovation
The PNWER Innovation Working Group provides policymakers and governments with ideas and advice in support of a regional innovation ecosystem. The competitive landscape of the global economy, coupled with worldwide environmental challenges, is creating unprecedented demand for scientific discovery and application.

 Working Group Co-Chairs:
Sen. Mia Costello, Alaska State Legislature
Nirav DesaiSenior Partner, Moonbeam Exchange

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Innovation ecosystems: Building a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem
Showcase of how Saskatchewan works with local startups and fosters innovation. Learn from leading experts on how the province is Building a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem
Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director, Co.Labs
Aaron Genest, President of SaskTech, Mentor Graphics (A Siemens Company) (formerly Solido)
Kari Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Saskatchewan

Overview of Innovation Cluster mapping project conducted by the University of Washington Master of Arts Applied International Studies (MAAIS) project
Innovation is crucial to the economic development of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The project identifies recommendations for underleveraged innovation clusters in the region.
Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam Exchange
Michael Farber, Managing Partner, Ratio Companies

Facilitated design thinking session
The PNWER Innovation Co-chairs will moderate a design thinking session on Innovation ecosystems and economic diversification with all session participants
All Participants

More details here

Speakers
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Nirav Desai

CEO; Innovation Working Group Co-chair, Moonbeam Exchange
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Sen. Mia Costello

Legislator; Innovation Working Group Co-chair, Alaska State Legislature
Senator Mia Costello is a lifelong Alaskan representing West Anchorage in the Alaska Legislature. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee. Mia’s legislative focus is on innovation and developing... Read More →
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Jordan Dutchak

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Co.Labs
Jordan Dutchak is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s Technology Hub. Co.Labs’ mission is to work with high potential and high performing founders to take their technology from idea to $1M in annual revenues in under 3 years and with a smart cap tab.So... Read More →
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Aaron Genest

President, Sasktech
Dr. Aaron Genest serves as the President of SaskTech and the representative for Mentor, a Siemens Company. SaskTech, founded in 2018, is an industry advocacy group of more than 80 organizations and businesses with corporate offices in Saskatchewan. Their goal is to address the technology... Read More →
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Michael Farber

Managing Partner, Ratio Companies
Michael Farber provides executive leaders with in-depth analysis and advice to maximize their business return on IT investments.  Michael specializes in edge, emerging and disruptive technologies — current focus areas include distributed sensor networks, artificial and machine... Read More →
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Kari Harvey

Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Saskatchewan
Kari Harvey is COO of Innovation Saskatchewan where her responsibilities include working with community partners to nurture an environment that supports the success of start-up tech companies in the province, and with the research community to ensure Saskatchewan research and commercialization... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Terrace Lounge

9:15am

Energy Resilience, Regional Reliability, and the Importance of Energy Infrastructure
Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Co-Chairs:
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

Panelists:
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?

Panelists
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.

Speakers
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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
Bess Williams Pascoe

9:15am

Mining
The Mining Working Group identifies best practices for environmental sustainability and engaging indigenous groups to improve the quality of life in the region while fostering economic development. The working group aims to show how development, when done responsibly, supports economic growth and increases the standard of living.

Co-Chairs
Senator Keith Regier, Montana State Legislature
Pamela Schwann, President, Saskatchewan Mining Association

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

US and Canada Critical Minerals Cooperation
The U.S. and Canadian federal governments have announced an initiative to enhanced cooperation on critical minerals. New technologies and innovations are driving demand for various mined minerals. The U.S. and Canada are looking at how they can work more closely to ensure secure and reliable supply chains.
Kathleen Benedetto, Senior Adviser, Bureau of Land Management
Hilary Morgan, Director, International Affairs and Trade Division, Policy and Economics Branch, Lands and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada


Economic Benefit of Mining
Overview of the Mining Associations of Saskatchewan and Montana reports on the economic and social benefits of mining. Highlights will included the important role critical minerals from the PNWER jurisdiction have in the digital economy, renewable energy, advance materials and national security sectors. PNWER jurisdictions could play a major role in improving mineral security and ensuring future competitiveness of minerals industries.
Tammy Johnson, Executive Director, Montana Mining Association
Pamela Schwann, President, Saskatchewan Mining Association

Showcasing the Institutional Control Program
The Institutional Control Program (ICP) defines and implements a process for the long-term monitoring and maintenance of decommissioned mine and/or mill sites located on provincial Crown land in Saskatchewan.
Cory Hughes, Executive Director, Mineral Policy - Resource Development, Ministry of Energy and Resources Government of Saskatchewan
Dale Huffman, Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment & Regulatory Relations, Orano

Roundtable discussion with session attendees and action item discussion

More details on the working group here

Speakers
avatar for Hilary Morgan

Hilary Morgan

Director, International Affairs and Trade Division, Natural Resources Canada
Hilary Morgan became Director of International Affairs and Trade in the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in September 2017. In this role, she is responsible for leading NRCan’s international relations and engagement activities related to Canada’s minerals... Read More →
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Pamela Schwann

Executive Director; Mining Working Group Co-chair; Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Mining Association
Pam Schwann is the President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA), representing companies that are engaged in the safe and responsible exploration, development and production of minerals within Saskatchewan. She has held this position since 2008.Pam co-chaired the inaugural... Read More →
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Senator Keith Regier

Senator; Mining Working Group Co-chair, Montana State Legislature
Senator Keith Regier first served Montana in the State House of Representatives from 2009-2015, where he served as the House majority whip (2011), the House Energy Committee chair (2013), and the House Majority Leader (2015). He was elected to the Montana State Senate in 2017, where... Read More →
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Cory Hughes

Executive Director, Mineral Policy - Resource Development, Ministry of Energy and Resources, Government of Saskatchewan
Cory was born and raised in Regina Saskatchewan.  He attended the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan receiving a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA).  He also holds a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.Cory started... Read More →
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Dale Huffman

Vice PresidentHealth, Safety, Environment & Regulatory Relations, Orano Canada
Dale Huffman is the Vice-President for Health, Safety, Environment and Regulatory Relations at Orano Canada Inc.  Dale has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and has... Read More →
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Tammy Johnson

Executive Director, Montana Mining Association
Tammy Johnson brings her skills as a lobbyist, grassroots organizer, community advocate, political tactician and on-the-ground strategist to the Montana Mining Association.The Montana Mining Association is a trade association of mineral developers, producers, refiners and vendors... Read More →
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Kathleen Benedetto

Senior Adviser, Bureau of Land Management
Kathy is a professional geologist with extensive Congressional and legislative experience spanning 23 years with nearly 13 years as professional staff on the Natural Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. While her career has brought her to Washington, D.C., her credentials... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Sheraton West Room

9:15am

Transportation and Infrastructure Session I
Co-Chairs:
Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia Center
Senator Chuck Winder, Idaho State Legislature

The Transportation and Infrastructure Working Groups focuses on the infrastructure of our major corridors and gateways, with a special interest on border infrastructure.

The PNWER Innovative Infrastructure Finance Taskforce promotes best practices for public-private infrastructure financing. P3s are innovative financing models between governments and the public sector to build public infrastructure. The Taskforce leverages public and private sector expertise to educate elected officials on the potential applications of P3s and is working with Congressional leadership to fund the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Demonstration Program which will create a regional “Center of Excellence to assist state and municipalities access existing and new funding sources; share Canadian expertise in P3 projects; support the alignment of multi-state regulations for cross border infrastructure projects; and support the streamlining of regulatory environment.

Infrastructure Finance Opportunities and Challenges
Elected Perspective: Minister Gordon Wyant, Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds
National Perspective: Mark Romoff, CEO, Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships
Civil Servant Perspective: Kyle Toffan, President and CEO, SaskBuilds

More speakers TBD

U.S. Federal Infrastructure Outlook 

Regional Legislative Update 
Hon. Lori Carr, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Government of Saskatchewan
Sen. Jeff Golden, Joint Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On Transportation and Economic Development, Oregon
Rep. Terry Gestrin, Transportation and Defense Committee, Idaho State Legislature

More details on the Working Group here.

Speakers
avatar for Se. Jeff Golden

Se. Jeff Golden

Senator, Oregon State Legislature
Jeff Golden represents Southern Oregon in the Oregon State Senate.After years as a homebuilder and river guide (founding the Oregon Guides Association), Jeff Golden built a career as a mediator, journalist, columnist, author, host of JPR’s Jefferson Exchange and producer/host of... Read More →
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Hon. Lori Carr

Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Government of Saskatchewan
Lori was elected MLA for Estevan in the April 4, 2016, provincial election. On August 15, 2018, she was appointed Minister of Highways and Infrastructure.Lori lives in Estevan with her partner Bart. She has spent 20 years working as a licensed assistant in a financial planning office.She... Read More →
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Mark Romoff

Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships, CEO
Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council forPublic-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Established in 1993, CCPPP’s mission is tocollaborate with all levels of government and Indigenous Communities to enablesmart, innovative approaches to public infrastructure... Read More →
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Sen. Chuck Winder

Senator; Transportation Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State 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 →
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Bruce Agnew

Director; Transportation 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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Kyle Toffan

President and CEO, SaskBuilds
Kyle was recently appointed as the President and CEO of SaskBuilds Corporation inDecember 2018. He comes to this role with over 10 years of experience working for theGovernment of Saskatchewan, most notably as Executive Director of Capital Planningand Infrastructure with SaskBuilds... Read More →
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Honourable Gordon S. Wyant, Q.C.

Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds, Government of Saskatchewan
Gordon Wyant was elected MLA for Saskatoon Northwest in an October 2010 by-election. He was then re-elected in the 2011 and 2016 provincial elections. He has been Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation and SaskBuilds... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Sheraton Top of the Inn

11:30am

Networking Break
Tuesday July 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Hampton's Room

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon- "Capturing Asian Markets"
Keynote Luncheon- "Capturing Asian Markets" featuring Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Foods and John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada; moderated by Victor Thomas of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Hosted by The Mosaic Company. 

Speakers
avatar for Murad Al-Katib

Murad Al-Katib

President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients
Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., is the guiding vision in all aspects of the business, also serving on the Board of Directors. A strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and... Read More →
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John Stackhouse

Senior Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada
As Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at RBC, John is responsible for interpreting trends for the executive leadership team and Board of Directors with insights on how these are affecting RBC, its clients and society at large. Prior to this, John was editor-in-chief of The Globe... 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 →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Sheraton Ballroom

2:30pm

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session II
The Cross-Border Livestock Health Working Group consists of state, provincial, and federal veterinarians and industry representatives.  The group exchanges information on animal health issues, develops a
common understanding of disease policies, and exchanges information
on emergency response to emerging and foreign animal diseases.

Working Group Co-Chairs 
  • Dr. Amber Itle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Washington
  • Janice Tranberg, President & CEO, National Cattle Feeders’ Association
  • Dave Moss, General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

2019 Action Items regulatory responses
  • Electronic certification at all livestock border port crossings 
  • Streamline and align livestock handling procedures and standards at border ports
  • Allow Restricted Feeder Cattle from the US to enter Canada as per Restricted Feeder Cattle Import Policy
  • USDA partner with software co. to provide carcass data to cattle breeders, backgrounders, & feedlots to incentivize EID use.
  • Animal Disease Traceability update (US)

Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA
Dr. Sunny Novotny- Gieser, Animal Disease Traceability Veterinarian,
USDA APHIS VS Strategy & Policy
Dr. Renee Oleck, National Port Services Director, USDA Ports
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
Dr. Mohit Baxi, Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA

Biosecurity and Emergency Management
In a world of global trade, the threat of animal disease spread is an ever-present danger. What biosecurity and other mitigation measures are being taken to prepare for an emergency situation?

Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice Pres, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods – AHC Working Group Chair
Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Assoc Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
 Matt Taylor, Canadian Animal Health Coalition, AHEM- II

  • Overview of ASF and activities to get ready
  • Updates on Bovine Tuberculosis- US and CAN perspectives
Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA
Dr. Gary Brickler, Director, District Six at USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Surveillance Preparedness and Response Service - TBC
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
 Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett, Veterinary Program Officer, CFIA

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association

Speakers
avatar for Rory McAlpine

Rory McAlpine

Sr. Vice Pres., Gov & Industry Relations - AHC WG Chair, Maple Leaf Foods
Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade.Mr. McAlpine... Read More →
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David Moss

General Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
David oversees the CCA’s general operations including budget and staffing. In the cattle industry his entire life, David’s background includes practical hands-on experience gained in part from running the family feedlot, and custom silage and farming operation, and strategic agribusiness... Read More →
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Dr Jack Shere

Deputy Administrator; Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services (VS) USDA
Dr. Jack Shere was appointed Deputy Administrator in March 2016 and leads the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. He also oversees VS’ national and... Read More →
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Dr Renee Oleck

National Port Services Director, USDA Ports
Renee Oleck National Director, Port and Animal Import Center Services USDA, APHIS, VS, NIES 4700 River Road, Suite 5B-02C, Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-851-3408 Renee.S.Oleck@aphis.usda.govDr. Renee Oleck is currently the National Director of the Port and Animal Import Center Services... Read More →
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Dr Jaspinder Komal

Chief Veterinary Officer, CFIA
Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in... Read More →
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Dr Mohit Baxi

Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA
Dr. Mohit Baxi is a veterinarian and a PhD scientist with several years of post-doctoral training. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and later worked as a Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan. In... Read More →
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Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Dr. Bickett-Weddle is a South Dakota native who earned her BS from South Dakota State University, her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive... Read More →
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Matt Taylor

Canadian Animal Health Coalition, AHEM-II
Matt Taylor has worked in the area of animal health and emergency management for some 30 years, with a focus on the evolving partnerships between industry and government.  In this regard Matt assisted the creation of Canadian Animal Health Coalition, the National Farm Animal Care... Read More →
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Dr Gary Brickler

Director, District 6, USDA APHIS VS Surveillance Prep & Resp Service
Gary Brickler, a native of southern Indiana, is currently the Director for District 6 of USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. The District is comprised of the 10 Western states and Pacific Territories. He received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky and a D.V.M. from Purdue University... Read More →
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Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett

Veterinary Program Officer, CFIA
Noel is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. He has worked in several different areas of large animal/food animal practice in Western Canada and abroad prior to working for the CFIA.  After... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian; Cross Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior to... Read More →
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Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Janice Tranberg most recently served as an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and wasresponsible for three branches: Crops and Irrigation, Agriculture Research, and Regional Services. Prior to this, she served as the vice president (western Canada... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Bess Salon Batoche

2:30pm

Workforce Development
The Workforce Development Working Group identifies the barriers to addressing labor shortages and the key stakeholders, and specific actions that can be implemented to alleviate these shortages. The Working Group examines the training needed for the skilled workforce of the future as well as the best practices in industry and government cooperation.

Co-Chairs:
Senator Lisa Wellman, Washington State Legislature
Shawna Argue, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Career Pathways Presentations
Workforce development is evolving across the region
How are the education community is engaging with industry and stakeholders on workforce development?
Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Janet Uchacz-Hart, Saskatoon Industry Education Council,  RoboX Program
Lisa Shingoose, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

Overview of Career Connect Washington, an innovative government program in Washington State focused on workforce development.
Sen. Lisa Wellman, Washington State Legislature Career Connect Washington

Meeting Current and Future Workforce Needs in Washington State
Maddy ThompsonSenior Policy Advisor on Education, Office of  Governor Inslee

Future Launch: Preparing youth of today for jobs of tomorrow.
Andrew Schrumm, Senior Manager, Research Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Showcase of how Saskatchewan and the region are addressing labour shortages.
Chad Vickers, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan

Roundtable Discussion
Explore how the region could move forward to address emerging challenges on workforce development. Discussion led by Co-Chairs
Panelists and Working Group Attendees

More details on the Working Group here.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Schrumm

Andrew Schrumm

Senior Manager, Research, Royal Bank of Canada
Andrew is lead researcher on RBC’s thought leadership team, examining how Canada can enter the 2020s as a diverse, innovative and sustainable nation. He manages RBC’s future skills research project that is advancing thinking on skills-based job mobility, life-long learning and... Read More →
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Senator Lisa Wellman

Senator, Workforce Development Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Lisa Wellman represents 41st Legislative District (Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton) in the Washington State Senate. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing including executive level positions in Fortune... Read More →
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Shawna Argue

Director of Registration; Workforce Development Working Group Co-chair, Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Shawna is a registered Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina (1987) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University (1999). Shawna's experience covers a wide variety of industries both... Read More →
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Lisa Shingoose

Vice-President, Employment Development & Career Services, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)
Lisa Shingoose is a member of the Cote First Nation, which is located in Southeastern Saskatchewan.  She currently resides in Saskatoon and is an employee of 20 years with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), which is one of the four accrediting educational institutes... Read More →
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Maddy Thompson

Senior Policy Advisor for Education, Office of Governor Inslee
Madeleine (“Maddy”) Aroney Thompson has been at the forefront of strategic planning to meet Washington state’s current and future workforce and education needs leading key initiatives in executive and legislative branches over the last two decades.  As Senior Education Advisor... Read More →
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Janet Uchacz-Hart

Saskatoon Industry Education Council, RoboX Program
Janet Uchacz-Hart was a secondary education teacher for 21 years before assuming the Executive Director position with the Saskatoon Industry Education Council for the past 16 years. Through a partnership among business, K-12 and post-secondary schools, Janet and her team have created... Read More →
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Chad Vickers

Director, Employer Services, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan
Chad Vickers is the Director of Employer Services in Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Immigration and Career Training. He is passionate about helping employers develop, recruit and retain a skilled and diverse workforce.Chad holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the... Read More →
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Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
As President and CEO of Sask Polytech, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves more than 28,000 distinct students, and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.Dr. Rosia’s career in education... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Bess Terrace Lounge

2:30pm

Water Policy
The Water Policy Working Group provides an important dialogue to address water policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest region. By connecting with legislators, private-sector and universities, we work to identify best practices to improve water security, adaptation of climate change, and storage options. We also provide updates to the region on the Columbia River Treaty and explore linkages with other working groups, including Invasive Species.

Working Group Co-Chairs:
Senator Bill Hansell, Oregon State Legislature
David Hill, Director, Centres & Institutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Innovation in Water Management
Mike Nemeth, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd., Director, Environment and Sustainability

Changing Global Freshwater Availability as Viewed from Space
Dr. Jay Famiglietti, PhD, Professor, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability

Water Policy Legislative Roundtable 
A Round Robin panel of legislators from across PNWER will showcase water policy, legislative, regulatory, and finance issues from various PNWER jurisdictions. They will also explore how they are proposing to move forward and address these emerging challenges.
Herb Cox, MLA, Government of Saskatchewan
Rep. Mary DyeWashington State Legislature
Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho State Legislature
Sen. Jon Sesso, Montana State Legislature
Sen. Bill HansellOregon State Legislature

Discussion and Action Items
All participants

More details on the Working Group here. 

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Bill Hansell

Sen. Bill Hansell

Senator, Oregon State Legislature
Senator Hansell is serving in his second term in the state legislature representing District 29, which encompasses parts of seven counties located in Eastern Oregon.  His district is rural and is the third largest in Oregon, the size of the State of Maryland.Previously, Senator Hansell... Read More →
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Rep. Mary Dye

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Mary Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that... Read More →
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Sen. Jon Sesso

Senator, Montana State Legislature
Sen. Jon Sesso is currently the Minority Leader of the Montana Senate, representing District 37 and has been since 2013. He was previously a member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 76, from 2004 to 2013.  Jon Sesso attended the University of Wisconsin... 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 →
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Dr. Jay Famiglietti

Executive Director and Professor, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan
Jay Famiglietti is a professor of hydrology and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing.  Before moving to Saskatchewan, Famiglietti served as the... 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 →
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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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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 →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Sheraton West Room

2:30pm

Transportation and Infrastructure Session II
Working Group Co-chairs: 
Bruce Agnew, Cascadia
Sen. Chuck Winder, Idaho State Legislature

Autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) vehicles can potentially reduce congestion, limit traffic accidents, clean up our air and water, and enhance 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.
     Cross-Border Autonomous Truck Pilot

Autonomous vehicles in agriculture
Seedmaster is a Saskatchewan agriculture machinery manufacturer that has developed an autonomous seeder/farm implement platform called DOT. This cutting-edge technology is also a great example of how Saskatchewan agriculture machinery technology is helping to reduce GHG emission.
Owen Kinch, SeedMaster Manufacturing Inc and Dot Technology Corp

Transportation electrification in Washington State 
Rep. Jake Fey, Washington State Legislature

Connecting the inland northwest
The ALCAN Highway and Highway 97 are critical transportation corridors for the PNWER region. How do we strengthen these inland connections between the Arctic jurisdictions and the rest of the region? What is their value for to the region’s economic development?

Maintaining the Shakwak Agreement
Paolo Gallina, MLA, Government of Yukon
Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer, Alaska

Rail Connections
Mead Treadwell, Former Lt. Governor & Chief Operating Officer,  Alaska to Alberta Rail (A2A)

Action Items
What are the next steps to promote the PNWER agenda?
Looking ahead to the Economic Leadership Forum in Seattle Nov. 17 to 19
Smart Cities
Infrastructure Resilience
Autonomous vehicles

More information on the Working Group here.


Speakers
avatar for Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer

Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer

Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska
Kevin Meyer was born and raised in Beatrice, Nebraska, a small farming community in rural Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. His graduate work was completed at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Master’s degree in... Read More →
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Mead Treadwell

Former Lt. Governor & Chief Operating Officer, Alaska to Alberta Rail (A2A)
Mead was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska (2010-2014) and Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (2006-2010) under Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama. In those positions, he helped develop and implement the U.S. Arctic policy adopted in 2009, expanded Asian observer... Read More →
avatar for Owen Kinch

Owen Kinch

Director, Product Innovation and Development, SeedMaster Manufacturing Inc and Dot Technology Corp
Owen Kinch works for DOT Technology Corp. as Director Product Innovation and Development near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a keen passion to increase overall farm efficiency through the development and deployment of automation. Owen leads the software development team for... Read More →
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Rep. Jake Fey

Representative, Washington State Legislature
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 Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington... Read More →
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Paolo Gallina

MLA, Government of 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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Bruce Agnew

Director; Transportation 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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Sen. Chuck Winder

Senator; Transportation Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State 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 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn

2:30pm

Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Reuse Strategies
Reduction of GHG emissions is an important objective for PNWER jurisdictions. How can new technologies, such as carbon capture storage/reuse and strategies to boost the carbon sink capabilities in the forestry and agricultural industries, contribute to GHG reduction strategies across the region reduce GHG emissions?

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Co-Chairs:
Senator Keith Reiger, Montana
Pamela Schwann, 
President, Saskatchewan Mining Association


Saskatchewan Prairie Resiliency Plan for Climate Change - Cooperation with the Mining Sector
David Brock, Assistant Deputy Minister, Climate Change and Adaptation, Ministry of Environment

Carbon Capture and Storage 
Corwyn Bruce, Vice President, Technical Services for the International CCS Knowledge Centre, SaskPower
Anna Stukas, Business Development Lead, Carbon Engineering

Agriculture Industry and Efforts to Reduce GHG
Tristan Skolrud, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Forestry Industry and Efforts to Reduce GHG
Dr. Mark Johnston, Senior Research Scientist, Saskatchewan Research Council

Concrete Industry and Efforts to Reduce GHG
Jonathan Moser, Head of Envionment and Public Affairs, LaFarge Canada

Mining Industry and Efforts to Reduce GHG
Jessica Theriault, Director of Environmental Affairs, The Mosaic Company

Canada/US Federal Perspective
Stéphane Lessard, Consul General of Canada, Denver

Action Item Discussion 

Note: Special Joint Session of Energy and Mining Working Groups

Speakers
avatar for Senator Keith Regier

Senator Keith Regier

Senator; Mining Working Group Co-chair, Montana State Legislature
Senator Keith Regier first served Montana in the State House of Representatives from 2009-2015, where he served as the House majority whip (2011), the House Energy Committee chair (2013), and the House Majority Leader (2015). He was elected to the Montana State Senate in 2017, where... Read More →
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Pamela Schwann

Executive Director; Mining Working Group Co-chair; Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Mining Association
Pam Schwann is the President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA), representing companies that are engaged in the safe and responsible exploration, development and production of minerals within Saskatchewan. She has held this position since 2008.Pam co-chaired the inaugural... Read More →
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David Brock

Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment., Government of Saskatchewan
David M. Brock is Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment. Prior to joining the Government of Saskatchewan in 2017, David served in the Government of the Northwest Territories as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet for Priorities & Planning. He has... Read More →
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Corwyn Bruce

Vice President of Technical Services for the International CCS Knowledge Centre, SaskPower
Corwyn holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and is registered as a Profession Engineer,Corwyn has been working on the Boundary Dam 3 CCS project since early 2009. During this time, he served as both an engineer and a project manager focusing on... Read More →
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Dr. Mark Johnston

Senior Research Scientist, Saskatchewan Research Council
Dr. Mark Johnston is currently Senior Research Scientist in the Saskatchewan Research Council’s Environment Division, and adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Soil Science and School of Environment and Sustainability. He has worked at SRC since... Read More →
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Stéphane Lessard

Consul General, Global Affairs Canada, Consulate General of Canada, Denver
Stéphane Lessard joined Global Affairs Canada at the Consulate General of Canada in August 2016. As Canada's Consul General in Denver, Stéphane oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance... Read More →
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Jonathan Moser

Head, Environment & Public Affairs, Lafarge Canada Inc.
Jonathan Moser is a senior leader with extensive experience in communications, external relations and sustainability who has facilitated success working for a diversity of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He currently serves as Head, Environment and Public... Read More →
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Tristan Skolrud

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Tristan Skolrud completed his undergraduate, Masters, and PhD degrees in economics and applied economics (masters) at Washington State University in 2008, 2009, and 2015, respectively. Additionally, he obtained his Masters in Economics at the University of Washington in 2011. During... Read More →
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Anna Stukas

Business Development Lead, Carbon Engineering Ltd.
Anna is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience bridging the gap between technology and business to overcome barriers to cleantech commercialization. Anna previously worked with Angstrom Power and BIC developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, where her responsibilities... Read More →
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Jessica Theriault

Director, Regulatory Affairs – Potash, The Mosaic Company
Jessica Theriault is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Mosaic Company and holds an environmental engineering degree and MBA from the University of Regina. Jessica has over 20 years of environmental experience in the potash mining industry in Saskatchewan and currently oversees... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Bess Williams Pascoe

5:00pm

Networking Break
Tuesday July 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Hampton's Room

6:00pm

PNWER Dinner Celebration featuring Métis and First Nations Dancers. Hosted by the Cement Association of Canada - Western Development Museum
PNWER Dinner Celebration featuring Métis and First Nations Dancers at the Western Development Museum.

Hosted by the Cement Association of Canada 

Tuesday July 23, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Western Development Museum

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Get to know your fellow attendees at this informal networking event. Enjoy  drinks and light refreshments. 

Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn
 
Wednesday, July 24
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday July 24, 2019 7:00am - 2:30pm
Sheraton Conference Foyer

7:30am

Keynote Breakfast on the U.S. - Canada Border
Keynote breakfast plenary on the U.S. - Canada Border featuring The Honourable Ralph Goodale.

Hosted by Federated Co-operatives Limited. 

Speakers
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The Honourable Ralph Goodale

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Government of Canada
Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, is the Member of Parliament for the Regina-Wascana.Raised on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, and educated at both the University of Regina (BA-71) and the University of Saskatchewan (LLB-72... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Sheraton Ballroom

9:15am

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session III
Backgrounder: The CBLHC is developing the concept of an emergency response scenario driven discussion, where conference participants could engage in an open dialogue on what would likely unfold in the event of a livestock emergency event, who would be involved, possible impact across a multitude of stakeholders, and overview of the steps necessary to recover from such an event. A successful outcome to the exercise would be a growth in understanding and awareness of North America’s prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from an animal health event.

Who Should Attend: To ensure a wholesome and relevant discussion around the steps that would likely unfold in the event of a livestock emergency event, there needs to be a collection of industry and government experts along with a diverse group of stakeholders participating. This would include:
  • State and provincial veterinarians, including CVO’s
  • Federal representation from livestock emergency response divisions of USDA and CFIA
  • Cross species industry organization representation
  • Livestock producers
  • Retail representation
  • Media representation
  • Consumer representation

Emergency response scenario
  • an open dialogue on what would likely unfold in a livestock emergency event; who would be involved, possible impact across a multitude of stakeholders, and overview of the steps necessary to recover from such an event
  • Emerging disease/ diseases of concern by species and coordinated cross border response and secure food supply plans
  • US and Canadian participants- cross sector of value chain discuss all perspectives
  • CFIA and USDA develop ‘disease zoning’ agreements that minimize trade disruptions between US and CAN, as well as with other major trading partners
  • CFIA, USDA, and Industry continue priority national EM preparedness planning
  • Increase cross border USDA-CFIA collaboration re disease reporting by establishing/sharing reportable disease lists through secure platforms
Featuring: 
Dr. Elizabeth Parker, International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist, AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
 Dr.Barbara Porter-Spalding, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA-APHIS-VS (TBC)
Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA & previously-listed senior USDA staff
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
Dr. Tom Smylie, Sr Staff Vet, CFIA (TBC)
Dr. Aline Dimitri, Executive Director Animal Health, CFIA (TBC)
Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Michael Riedy, CEM USDA ESF11 Regional Coordinator; Region X: AK, ID, OR, & WA
Casey Smit, SaskPork, Olymel
Gabriela Guigou, Canada Pork Council

More details on the Working Group here.

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association


Speakers
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Dr Jack Shere

Deputy Administrator; Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services (VS) USDA
Dr. Jack Shere was appointed Deputy Administrator in March 2016 and leads the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. He also oversees VS’ national and... Read More →
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Dr Jaspinder Komal

Chief Veterinary Officer, CFIA
Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in... Read More →
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Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Dr. Bickett-Weddle is a South Dakota native who earned her BS from South Dakota State University, her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive... Read More →
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Dr Barbara Porter-Spalding

Veterninary Medical Officer, USDA-APHIS-VS
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Dr Elizabeth Parker

International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist, Agrilife Research, Texas A&M University
Elizabeth Parker grew up on a farm in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and received two Bachelors of Science (Biomedical Science in 1987 and Veterinary Science in 1990) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, with an emphasis on... Read More →
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Dr Tom Smylie

Sr. Staff Vet, CFIA
Dr. Smylie joined CFIA in 2010 after spending 32 years in private practice where he was primarily engaged in bovine practice. His role at CFIA is primarily focused on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Policy and Emergency Preparedness. Dr. Smylie has presented at international conferences... Read More →
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Dr Aline Dimitri

Executive Director Animal Health, CFIA
Dr. Aline Dimitriis the Executive Director of the Food Safety Science Directorate and the Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).Dr. Dimitri is responsible for providing science advice, scientific risk intelligence, and overall science direction... Read More →
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Michael Riedy

CEM USDA ESF11 Regional Coordinator, Region X: AK, ID, OR, & WA
Mike Riedy is the ESF11 [Emergency Support Function #11 - Agriculture and Natural Resources] Regional Coordinator for FEMA Region X. He organizes and coordinates Federal support to local, state, tribal, territorial, and insular area governments and other federal agencies for the protection... Read More →
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Casey Smit

SaskPork, Olymel
Casey Smit joined Olymel in January 2013 as Vice President, Production with the purchase of Big Sky Farms in Saskatchewan. With more than 20 years of experience in the hog industry, he has been involved in all aspects of the business. He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Pork... Read More →
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Gabriela Guigou, M.Sc.

Manager, Canadian Pork Council, National Swine Health Initiative
Gabriela Guigou is a molecular biologist and manager of the Swine Health Initiative at the Canadian Pork Council where she works on key animal health challenges of concern to pork producers. Her role is to ensure important issues such as disease surveillance, biosecurity or antimicrobial... Read More →
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Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Janice Tranberg most recently served as an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and wasresponsible for three branches: Crops and Irrigation, Agriculture Research, and Regional Services. Prior to this, she served as the vice president (western Canada... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian; Cross Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior to... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Salon Batoche

9:15am

Disaster Resilience
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

9:15am

Economic Development: First Nations and Indigenous Business
Opening Remarks and Setting the Stage 
  • Senator John McCoy, Washington State Legislature
  • Sean Willy, President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development 

The Changing Dynamics of Indigenous Businesses:  How Indigenous Leaders are Creating World-Class Businesses
Moderator: Lee Ahenakew, CEO, Nutraponics, and Past Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Saskatchewan

Panelists from First Nations in Canada and the US:
  • Sean Willy, President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
  • Jasper Lamouelle, CEO, Tli Cho Investments
  • Delbert Wapass, Executive Chair & Founder, Project Reconciliation
  • Chuck Greene, Director of Economic Development, Northwest Arctic Borough (via phone)
  • Hugh Short, Co-Founder and Chairman/CEO, Pt Capital (invited – seeking confirmation)

Legislative Insights and Response: What are the Opportunities and Barriers to First Nations Businesses? What are best practices in your jurisdiction? How can we remove barriers for indigenous businesses and encourage economic growth and involvement of First Nations?
  • The Hon. Robert R. McLeod, Premier, The Northwest Territories
  • Senator John McCoy, Washington State Legislature
  • Senator Bradley Hamlett, Montana State Legislature

Closing and Discussion of Action Items

More information on the working group here.

Speakers
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The Honourable Bob McLeod

Premier, Government of the 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 →
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Jasper Lamouelle

CEO, Tli Cho Investments
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Delbert Wapass

Executive Chair & Founder, Project Reconciliation
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Chuck Greene

Director of Economic Development, Northwest Arctic Borough
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Bradley Hamlett

Representative, Montana State Legislature
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Senator John McCoy

Senator, Washington State Legislature
John represents the Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip communities and neighborhoods of Snohomish County. First elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, John was appointed to the Senate in November 2013. In the Senate, John serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus... Read More →
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Lee Ahenakew

Principal, Lee Ahenakew & Associates Consulting
Lee is a collaborative and engaging leader that builds businesses opportunities with First Nations and industry and is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. An expert in business planning and development with an ability to open new markets and build relationships, and with broad... Read More →
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Sean Willy

President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
After a 20-year career in the resource industry and an extensive history in executive leadership, community development and human resources, Sean Willy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Development in August 2017.Willy joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Bess Williams Pascoe

10:00am

11:30am

Networking Break
Wednesday July 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Hampton's Room

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon featuring a Business Roundtable on U.S. - Canadian Trade
Panel will feature Goldy Hyder, President and CEO, Business Council of Canada and Dr. Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Professor, Center for International Business at Western Washington University. Moderated by Colin Robertson.

Hosted by BHP.

Speakers
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Goldy Hyder

President and CEO, The Business Council of Canada
Goldy Hyder was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada, effective October 15, 2018. Founded in 1976, the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading Canadian companies... Read More →
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Colin Robertson

Vice President, 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 Fellow at... Read More →
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Edward Alden

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Fore­­­ign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, and immigration policy. He is the author of the book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Sheraton Ballroom

2:15pm

Policy Tour: Gardiner Dam
Constructed between 1958 and 1967, Gardiner Dam remains one of the largest earthfill dams in the world. Participants on this tour would get an in-depth tour including an opportunity to go underneath the dam  and look at the spillway.

The 64-metre tall, 5,000-metre long dam along with the Qu’Appelle River Dam opened in 1967, as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations.  Both dams created what we know as Lake Diefenbaker, a 225 kilometre long reservoir.  In today’s dollars, the dam would cost more than $1 billon to build. 

More than 60 per cent of the province’s population depends on the South Saskatchewan River and Lake Diefenbaker for their water supply.  Gardiner Dam is a multi-use structure that supports renewable energy that helps reduce SaskPower’s greenhouse gas emissions, irrigation, recreation, municipal and industrial use, as well as flood control. The dam also feeds the Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Station.  Launched in 1969, SaskPower’s Coteau Creek provides up to 186 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power more than 100,000 homes every year.  The station, and hydro power in general, are contributing to SaskPower’s goal to reach 50 per cent renewable power generation by 2030. Participants would also visit SaskPower's hydro generating station.

Closed toe shoes required. Hard hats and protective gear will be provided.






Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Offsite

2:30pm

Conservation Policy Tour: Meewasin Valley Authority and Wanuskewin
Planting the Future: How Conservation Protects More Than the Land 

On this interactive tour you can participate in maintaining biodiversity at an active conservation site by planting native vegetation and experience live Indigenous performances at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the longest active archaeological dig site in Canada. Meewasin protects ecological, historical, and cultural aspects of the Saskatchewan River Valley through active conservation. There will be opportunities to learn about the importance of these areas to the economy, education, culture, and the environment. Meewasin is a conservation organization that specializes in partnerships with government, business, and public to protect natural habitat within an urban setting. 

Participants will be doing a moderate amount of walking (approximately 1.5 km total over the afternoon) and should dress for the weather. A hat, sunscreen and sensible closed walking shoes are recommended.

Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Offsite

2:30pm

Policy Tour: Cross Border Livestock Health
The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) brings together all aspects of beef cattle research into one entity, providing researchers, faculty, students, industry and producers with a broad-based platform for research, teaching, and extension activities. Research will encompass all aspects of raising livestock on the Prairies from choosing the proper feed to understanding biology of full-grown cattle. 

The LFCE focuses are cow - calf production, beef cattle production and forage production, grazing and pasture management. It is designed to be the largest and most comprehensive centre for work on cattle and forage in Canada. 

Situated on 27 quarters of land in two locations, the LFCE has a 1500-head feedlot. To understand reproductive impacts, it also has 300 breeding cows. Facilities include a 24-stall metabolism barn, a cattle handling area equipped with a hydraulic chute system, 44 pens in the feedlot, and an environmental monitoring unit. 

Tour participants will get a personal look at the Clavet site, with hands on experiences in the metabolism barn, a walking tour of the feedlot, and a presentation of the cow calf centre. 

​The CBLH tour will conclude back at the University of Saskatchewan with a tour of the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. Located on campus, the facility accommodates approx. 100 lactating cows with both robotic, parlor and tiestall milking capacities, animal handling and teaching areas, and research and staff space. A viewing gallery allows public access and education on modern dairy agriculture production systems. Research at the facility includes dairy nutrition and feed development, animal fertility and health, animal management, technology development, application of information technologies, and development of green technologies for improved sustainability.

Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Offsite

2:30pm

Policy Tour: Innovation Canadian Light Source and VIDO Intervac
Canadian Light Source  https://www.lightsource.ca/
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) https://vido.org/​

The University of Saskatchewan has built an international reputation in many areas of innovative health, agriculture, environment, and advanced materials research. On this tour participants will get a first hand look at two of the world renown research facilities located on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan and one of the largest science projects in Canada's history, producing the brightest light in the country- millions of times brighter than the sun. More than 1,000 academic, government, and industry scientists from around the world use the CLS every year. This tour will showcase the world-leading science conducted at CLS, ranging from mine tailing remediation, food security, and cancer research, to drug development and cutting-edge materials, like semiconductors and future battery technology. 

The University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac is dedicated to human and animal infectious disease research and vaccine development. The organization is home to some of the world’s most advanced vaccine research infrastructure including one of the largest biocontainment level 3Ag facilities. VIDO-InterVac’s more than 150 personnel come from over 25 countries and are committed to the investigation of infectious diseases and the development of effective disease mitigation strategies. In its four decades of experience, the organization has developed several world’s first vaccines, adjuvants and delivery technologies which have been successfully commercialized by industry. VIDO-InterVac’s collaborative culture enables swift responses to the challenges that infectious diseases pose to humans and animals.
Tour participants will get a first hand look at how researchers are developing innovative treatments for diseases in both humans and animals.

Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Offsite

2:30pm

6:00pm

Closing Reception at Remai Modern
Join us for a closing reception at the Remai Modern art museum.

Hosted by the Canadian Engineering and Geoscience Regulators.

Wednesday July 24, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Remai Modern 102 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L3, Canada

9:00pm

Hospitality Suite
Join us for the last networking opportunity of the Summit in a fun and casual atmosphere. 

Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Top of the Inn
 
Thursday, July 25
 

7:00am

Policy Tour: Boundary Dam Carbon Capture and Storage Tour
Boundary Dam 3 (BD3) is the world’s first coal-fired power station with a Carbon Capture (CSS) facility, located in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Bounday Dam is the world’s first carbon capture facility and remains the only facility that is fully-integrated with a coal-fired power plant – a ground-breaking effort for large-scale capture. The Carbon Capture Facility captures carbon dioxide (CO2), instead of being released into the atmosphere. This reduces carbon emissions from the coal-fired power plant, while producing a reliable, clean source of energy.


BD3 is renowned for its full-chain approach. It has a coal plant, capture facility, transportation infrastructure (pipelines), enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and pure storage capabilities. On this tour, you will be flown to Estevan and given the opportunity to take a tour of both the BD3 dam facility, as well as the CCS facility. After an overview presentation over lunch you will be flown back to Saskatoon in the afternoon! Contact PNWER if you wish to meet the tour group at 9:00am in Estevan.

Thursday July 25, 2019 7:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite

7:00am

Policy Tour: Nutrien Allan Potash Mine
*For legislators only. Preference given to visiting legislators from U.S. and Canada outside of Saskatchewan. ​

As the world's largest provider of crop inputs, services, and solutions, Nutrien plays a critical role in growing our world from the ground up by helping growers to increase food production in a sustainable manner. 

The Allan potash mine is a conventional underground mining operation. You will travel 1000 metres below the surface and observe the continuous mining machines as they cut out the ore, and then hoist it to the surface through the production shaft. 

Next, you will tour the surface mill to see how the raw potash is processed and concentrated before being sold and shipped to markets in North America and around the world. 

Unfortunately, due to limited space this tour is limited to legislators only. Preference given to visiting legislators from U.S. and Canada outside of Saskatchewan.


Thursday July 25, 2019 7:00am - 3:00pm
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