Dates: June 3-6
Sen. Arnie Roblan- OR, PNWER President
Larry Doke, MLA- SK, PNWER Vice President
Rep. Mike Cuffe- MT, PNWER Vice President
Graham Sucha, MLA - AB, PNWER Vice President
Bryce Campbell, Consulate General of Canada, Seattle
Lisa Harder, International Relations, SK
David Kettles, Alberta Economic Development and Trade
Matt Morrison, CEO PNWER
Brandon Hardenbrook, COO, PNWER
PNWER had an engaging visit in Ottawa last week. As always, the opportunity to discuss PNWER initiatives on both sides of the border was only made possible by our generous hosts and dedicated leadership in Canada. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and conversations at this year's PNWER Annual Summit in Spokane, and far beyond.
Monday, June 4
PNWER's first meeting with John Ossowski, President of CBSA, included discussions of preclearance (PNWER's NAFTA/Preclearance initiatives here), border processes, improving hours at the Montana-Alberta border crossing, and DHS projects with PNWER (Links here: UAS/UAV Drone project and Cybersecurity Situational Awareness Project).
Other meetings on Monday on topics such as marine safety and ocean protection plan were discussed with PNWER's transportation leadership. PNWER's Legislative Energy Horizons Institute (LEHI), infrastructure, invasive species, and steel and aluminum tariffs.
Tuesday, June 5
PNWER delegates with Ambassador Kelly Craft. From left to right, Lisa Harder, David Kettles, Brandon Lee (Consul General of Canada in Seattle), Rep. Mike Cuffe (Montana, PNWER Vice President), Ambassador Kelly Craft, Sen. Arnie Roblan (Oregon, PNWER President), MLA Larry Doke (Saskatchewan, PNWER Vice President), Brandon Hardenbrook (PNWER COO), Matt Morrison (PNWER Executive Director), Bryce Campbell (Policy Advisor, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle), Jennifer McSporran (Mission Support Officer, North America Advocacy with Global Affairs Canada).
Wednesday, June 6
PNWER met with Sylvain Fabi, Executive Director of U.S. Transboundary Affairs and Lead Negotiator of the Columbia River Treaty, on the Columbia River Treaty. Mr. Fabi will be speaking at PNWER's Annual Summit, giving his brief remarks on the Treaty and also participating on the study tours to the Grand Coulee Dam and locations in B.C. such as Castlegar, Hugh Keenleyside Dam, and Nakusp.