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2017 Annual Report Released
2017 - year in review
This year has been an important one in the Canada-U.S. relationship. Here at PNWER, we have been encouraged by the strong friendships that have been formed by all of our members across borders. The strength of these regional working relationships are as important as ever.
Accomplishments this Year
PNWER delegates visit Juneau, Olympia, Salem, and Helena, as part of PNWER's annual Capital Visits. Throughout the year, PWNER also visited Victoria, Whitehorse, Ottawa, and Washington, D.C.
Sec. John Kelly with CEO Matt Morrison & Deputy Director Brandon Hardenbrook
PNWER visits Whitehorse, Yukon, in partnership with Arctic Institute and Cold Climate Innovation to host a symposium funded by the U.S. Department of State and focused on the bilateral partnership between the Canada and the U.S. towards the enhancement of clean energy projects.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly visits PNWER's office in Seattle to discuss disaster resilience initiatives and U.S.-Canada border solutions.
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau with Matt Morrison, Rep. Mike Cuffe, Bruce Agnew, and Hon. Larry Doke
CEO Matt Morrison, VP Hon. Larry Doke (SK), VP Rep. Mike Cuffe (MT), and other PNWER members visit Ottawa and meet with Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, and Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Leslie.
Sen. Arnie Roblan, new PNWER President, welcomes delegates to his home state of Oregon during the Annual Summit.
The Annual Summit is one of the largest ever. Over 840 legislators, business leaders, and policy-makers gather in Portland, OR. This year, the Summit partnered with the Oregon Coast Economic Summit and the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience's Disaster Resilience Symposium. Among the key issues discussed were NAFTA modernization and the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.
Click here for a full recap of the Summit
PNWER partners with Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute
LEHI graduates from Washington State take in a view of the U.S. Capitol
to host a workshop focused on the importance of protecting our critical infrastructure, particularly the nexus between our transportation systems and energy networks.
The Legislative Energy Horizon Institute (LEHI) graduated its seventh class. 35 legislators from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in the second half of the course. Over 200 legislators have graduated from the program since its inception and contributed over 12,000 hours of their own time to participate.
Brandon Lee, Canadian Consul General Seattle, gave a keynote at the Economic Leadership Forum
The Economic Leadership Forum took place in Victoria, B.C. The meeting included the Legislative Leadership Academy, a course on the differences and similarities between the Canadian and U.S. systems of government. At the meeting, the PNWER Delegate Council passed a significant resolution on NAFTA urging the Canada and U.S. governments to modernize NAFTA in a way that strengthens and mutually benefits both economies.
Click here for a full recap of the Winter Meeting
PNWER's Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) held a CyberSecurity Workshop highlighting ways in which the public and private sector can work together to protect against cyber threats to critical infrastructure. The workshop was one of many that the CRDR conducts each year on topics ranging from oil train safety, critical infrastructure protection, and disaster recovery.
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.
MORE INFORMATION HERE
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.
MORE INFORMATION HERE
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