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Successful 2017 Economic Leadership Forum
More than 125 state and provincial legislators and business leaders from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada convened at the Economic Leadership Forum, Nov. 5-7 in Victoria to discuss regional economic issues, support international trade and build cross-border cooperation.
Attendees are better prepared to work cross-border after exploring the practical differences between the parliamentary and U.S. systems of government as part of the Legislative Leadership Academy.
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2017 PNWER ANNUAL SUMMIT
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's 27th Annual Summit brought together leaders from Pacific Northwest states and Western Canada to discuss opportunities for growth within the region and address major challenges to the economy and our environment.
From July 23 - 27th over 800 attendees engaged with regional leaders, heard from powerful keynote speakers, and enjoyed first-class receptions and networking opportunities. PNWER's 19 Working Groups facilitated informative and interactive sessions. Session proceedings, photos, speaker presentations and more are available.
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PNWER's NAFTA Modernization Task Force
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) NAFTA Modernization Taskforce was formed out of the 2016 PNWER Winter Meeting. In May 2017, the Taskforce developed a survey to gather feedback and compile data from industries and organizations across North America on modernizing NAFTA. The Department of Commerce and regional Congressmen asked PNWER to help with providing input and data from stakeholders for the public comment period. The Canadian Parliament also asked PNWER for stakeholder input from our region.
The aggregated results of the survey and recommendations were provided to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Government of Canada, and U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. PNWER traveled to Washington, D.C. and Ottawa to testify before the USTR and Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.
The PNWER Executive Committee passed a resolution on the renegotiation and modernization of NAFTA during the PNWER Economic Leadership Forum in November 2017.
Click here for more information on the Taskforce, stakeholder survey results, and Executive Committee Resolution.
Major Program areas
From agriculture to workforce development, PNWER tackles a breadth of regional issues through working groups. These are each headed by two co-chairs, one from the private sector and one from the public sector, and coordinated by a PNWER staff member.
Learn more about the important issues in the region