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Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Registration
Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 8:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Luncheon
Closed meeting

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Open to all PNWER attendees

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

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

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
TBA

9:00pm

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

Sunday July 21, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, July 22
 

7:00am

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

7:30am

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Breakfast featuring former U.S. - Canada Ambassadors reflecting on the relationship between Canada and the U.S. Panelists: Ambassador David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada (confirmed). Moderated by Scotty Greenwood
Speakers
avatar for Ambassador Gary Doer

Ambassador Gary Doer

Ambassador Gary Doer served as the Ambassador of Canada to the United Statesfrom 2009-2015. Currently Ambassador Doer serves as the Co-Chair for the Canada Institute Advisory Board. Prior to taking up his position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten... Read More →
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 principal in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation group and co-leader of the practice's Advocacy and Government Affairs team. A former American diplomat to Canada and a frequent media commentator and public speaker, Scotty serves as a business... Read More →


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

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 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.

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

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Mike Cuffe

Sen. Mike Cuffe

Legislator; 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 →
avatar for Laurie Trautman

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 →


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

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

More details here.

Topics:
  • First Nations Tourism
  • Saskatchewan Tourism Initiatives  

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Rep. Gael Tarleton

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
TBA

9:15am

Energy Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience
How do we prepare our buildings and infrastructure for disasters and climate change impacts? What are the next steps to create a resilient Northwest?

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.


The connection between infrastructure, energy innovation, and resilient cities
How do we prepare our buildings and infrastructure for disasters and climate change impacts? What are the next steps to create a resilient Northwest? How can resilient and low-energy buildings generate economic development while preparing the region for acute shocks and chronic climate-related stressors?

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 promoting energy efficiency in each jurisdiction by focusing on policy options; market driven solutions; best practices; innovative technologies and construction materials; industry capacity building; and workforce developments.

Panel:
Legislator response
Industry perspective
Research

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.

More information on the working group here.



Speakers
avatar for Paul Manson

Paul Manson

House Representative; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Legislature
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 Rick Glumac

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 →


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

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, PNWER Invasive Species Working Group Co-Chair/Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

More details here

- Best Practices: Stopping Invasive Species at the US-Canada Border
- Invasive Species Pathway Prevention
- Forming an North-South Perimeter to Combat the Spread of Invasive Mussels



Speakers
avatar for Terry Gestrin

Terry Gestrin

Legislator; 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 →
avatar for Kate Wilson

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 →


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

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": Preliminary Agenda Topics

I. Wildfire Impacts on Tourism, Recreation, and Local Economies

II. Wildfire Smoke and Public Health

III. Wildfires and Climate Change

IV. Mitigation Strategies- What can we do about it?

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 →


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

11:30am

Networking Break
Monday July 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon featuring the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan
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 - 2:30pm
TBA

2:45pm

Agriculture
Special offsite session at Ag-In-Motion facility to tour and learn about the latest advances in Agriculture technology. See live demonstrations of cutting edge precision farming equipment on display. More details to come soon. 

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Patrick Kole

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 →
avatar for Larry Doke

Larry Doke

MLA; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry Doke was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election and re-elected in April of 2016. MLA Doke is the PNWER Vice-President. Before moving to Metinota, Larry was the owner/operator of Fairview Dodge in North Battleford. He was involved in the... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

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
Rep. Mike Cuffe, Montana
Laurie Trautman, Western Washington University 


Speakers
avatar for Sen. Mike Cuffe

Sen. Mike Cuffe

Legislator; 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 →
avatar for Laurie Trautman

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 →


Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:45pm

University and College Presidents' Roundtable
Facilitators:
Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan  

This cross-border regional forum for university presidents is the only one of its kind in North America. The Roundtable is a forum for university presidents to showcase best practices at universities and colleges across the region.



Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

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.

Legislative Panel: What are the economic benefits of climate action strategies? 


Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, British Columbia Legislative Assembly

Speakers TBA

Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:45pm

Invasive Species II
DESCRIPTIONThe 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

More details here



Speakers
avatar for Kate Wilson

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

Legislator; 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
TBA

5:00pm

Networking Break
Monday July 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Reception hosted by the University of Saskatchewan
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. 

Monday July 22, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, July 23
 

7:00am

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

9:15am

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

Tariffs and the USMCA – How is Agriculture impacted?
A global perspective on current issues impacting North American agriculture trade and the path forward.
 
Regional Perspective on tariffs and ag 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?



More details on the Working Group here.


Speakers
avatar for Larry Doke

Larry Doke

MLA; Agriculture Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry Doke was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election and re-elected in April of 2016. MLA Doke is the PNWER Vice-President. Before moving to Metinota, Larry was the owner/operator of Fairview Dodge in North Battleford. He was involved in the... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Kole

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 →
avatar for Janice Tranberg

Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
avatar for Dr Amber Itle

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
TBA

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 Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam

More details here

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Mia Costello

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 →
avatar for Nirav Desai

Nirav Desai

Senior Partner; Innovation Working Group Co-chair, Moonbeam
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 →


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

9:15am

Energy Development and Transmission
Cutting-edge Technologies in Carbon Capture and Sequestration and Why it Matters - Co-meeting with the Mining Working Group
Coal mining is an important economic driver for rural communities in the region. As utilities move to decarbonize portfolios how can carbon sequestration play a role in the future?

Resource Flexibility and Resource Adequacy 

Multi-Jurisdictional Energy Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities 

More information on the working group here.


Speakers
avatar for Rep. Derek Skees

Rep. Derek Skees

Montana State Legislature


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

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.

Working Group Co-Chairs:
Senator Keith Regier, Montana State Legislature
Pamela Schwann, Saskatchewan Mining Association

More details on the working group here

Speakers
avatar for Senator Keith Regier

Senator Keith Regier

Senator; Mining Working Group Co-chair, Montana State Legislature
avatar for Pamela Schwann

Pamela Schwann

President; Mining Working Group Co-chair, Saskatchewan Mining Association


Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
TBA

9:15am

Transportation: Autonomous, Electric, Connected, Shared Vehicles
There are four powerful trends coming together to transform transportation and vehicles: Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared – ACES. An ACES world promises to catalyze a new transportation future that reduces congestion, limits traffic accidents, cleans up our air and water, and enhances social equity by reducing the costs of personal mobility. ACES will also revolutionize the supply chain logistics world of marine, surface and air transportation while electrification offers new business opportunities for our bi-national region’s utilities.

Transportation electrification can boost our economies while enhancing our environment
Autonomous vehicles in mining and agriculture 

Working Group Co-chairs:
Sen. Chuck Winder, Idaho Legislature
Bruce Agnew, Cascadia

More details on the Working Group here http://www.pnwer.org/transportation.html

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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 →
avatar for Sen. Chuck Winder

Sen. Chuck Winder

Legislator; Transportation Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Legislature
Chuck is a member of the Idaho Senate serving his third term as an Idaho State Senator representing east Meridian and west Boise. He also serves at the Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader and is active on Transportation and State Affairs Committees. Chuck attended the College of... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
TBA

11:30am

Networking Break
Tuesday July 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon
Plenary Luncheon featuring keynote speaker TBA. 

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

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
Jill Harvie, Programs Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

More details on the Working Group here.


Speakers
avatar for Dr Amber Itle

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... Read More →
avatar for Janice Tranberg

Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association


Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

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.

Working Group Co-Chair:
Sen. Lisa Wellman, Washington State Legislature
Shawna Argue, APEGS 

More details on the Working Group here.

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Lisa Wellman

Sen. 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 →
avatar for Shawna Argue

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 →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

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 Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
David Hill, Director, Centres & Institutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

More details on the Working Group here. 

Speakers
avatar for David Hill

David Hill

Program Director; Water Policy Working Group Co-chair, Alberta Water Research Institute
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 →
avatar for Sen. Jim Honeyford

Sen. Jim Honeyford

Legislator; Water Policy Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Senator Honeyford has been a member of Washington’s Legislative Leadership for an extended period of time; serving as Republican Deputy Floor Leader (2015, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10) Republican Caucus Chair (2005-06), Majority Caucus Chair (2004) and Republican Whip (2001-02). Senator... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

2:30pm

Transportation and Infrastructure Finance
The Transportation and Infrastructure Working Groups focuses on the infrastructure of our major corridors and gateways, with a special interest on border infrastructure. Traditional funding mechanisms for large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects are challenged by the absence of resources to explore innovative procurement methods.

The PNWER Innovative Infrastructure Finance Taskforce promotes best practices for public-private infrastructure financing. Public-private partnerships, or P3s, are innovative financing models between governments and the private sector to build public infrastructure like roads, hospitals or schools, or to deliver services. Unlike traditional procurement arrangements, the public sector integrates all parts of a P3 project into one contract. The public sector owns the infrastructure and risk is spread between the private and public entities.

Working Group Co-chairs:
Sen. Chuck Winder
, Idaho Legislature
Bruce Agnew, Cascadia

More information on the Working Group here.


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Agnew

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 →
avatar for Sen. Chuck Winder

Sen. Chuck Winder

Legislator; Transportation Working Group Co-chair, Idaho Legislature
Chuck is a member of the Idaho Senate serving his third term as an Idaho State Senator representing east Meridian and west Boise. He also serves at the Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader and is active on Transportation and State Affairs Committees. Chuck attended the College of... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

5:00pm

Networking Break
Tuesday July 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Open Evening to Explore Saskatoon
Enjoy this opportunity to explore beautiful Saskatoon and network with your fellow delegates. 

Tuesday July 23, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA

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
TBA
 
Wednesday, July 24
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday July 24, 2019 7:00am - 2:30pm
TBA

7:30am

Keynote Breakfast
Plenary breakfast featuring keynote speakers to be announced. 

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

9:15am

Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session IIi
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
Jill Harvie, Programs Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

More details on the Working Group here.


Speakers
avatar for Janice Tranberg

Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
avatar for Jill Harvie

Jill Harvie

Programs Manager, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
As Programs Manager, Jill works closely with the CCA Executive to identify policy gaps and suggests lobbying as well as communication strategies while delivering project management solutions to members and the committee. Jill also represents Canada as staff dedicated to the Young... Read More →
avatar for Dr Amber Itle

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
TBA

9:15am

Disaster Resilience
The 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.

Our region's interconnected economies and shared critical infrastructures are subject to far-reaching and cascading impacts from disasters. The CRDR works with key public and private stakeholders to create and implement workable solutions to local and regional infrastructure vulnerability by raising awareness of infrastructure interdependencies; providing training and education; and developing tools, technologies, and approaches that build on existing capabilities. These can be utilized across the United States, Canada, and in the international community.

www.regionalresilience.org

Speakers
avatar for Eric Holdeman

Eric Holdeman

Director; Disaster Resilience Working Group Co-chair, 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 →


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

Economic Development
The Economic Development Working Group shares best practices among jurisdictions and highlights case-studies of successful economic initiatives that can be replicated around the region.  One feature at the Saskatoon Summit will be a panel of First Nation and Native American leaders speaking on successful case studies of economic development from their own perspectives.

Working Group Co-Chairs
Rep. Rick Youngblood, Idaho State Legislature
Steve Allan, Chair of the Board, Calgary Economic Development

Topics
  • The Changing Dynamics of Indigenous Businesses:  How to Create World-class Businesses
    • Sean Willy, President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
    • Other Panelists TBD
  • Rural Economic Development

More information on the working group here.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Allan

Steve Allan

Corporate Director; Economic Development Working Group Co-chair, Calgary Economic Development
Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He practiced in the area of corporate restructuring, insolvency and forensic accounting and throughout his career was involved in some of the most high profile and complex files in Alberta. He is a graduate of... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Rick Youngblood

Rep. Rick Youngblood

Legislator; Economic Development Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State Legislature
Born in Boise, Idaho and a graduate from Weiser High School, Rick went on to get his education from North Idaho College and College of Idaho. Rick furthered his studies, graduating from NW Ag Credit School from Washington State University as well as Pacific Coast Banking School from... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
TBA

10:00am

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Wednesday July 24, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Networking Break
Wednesday July 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

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 2:30pm - 2:45pm
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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
TBA

2:30pm

Policy Tour: Cross Border Livestock Health
Details to be announced

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

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
TBA

2:30pm

Executive Committee and Delegate Council Meeting
Wednesday July 24, 2019 2:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

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
TBA
 
Thursday, July 25
 

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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