PNWER Updates & News
March 13, 2019
Join over 500 regional business leaders, legislators, and key decision makers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this July 21-25 for the 2019 PNWER Annual Summit!

Register early to take advantage of early bird pricing
Now through April 30!
Hotel & Travel

Visit our Summit website for more information on accommodations and flight discounts.
Agenda

View the Preliminary Summit Agenda HERE .
Policy Tours
Don't forget to sign up for policy tours during Summit registration!
Space is limited so sign up early! 

Register HERE .
Planting the Future: How Conservation Protects More than the Land

Wednesday, July 24| 2:30pm-5:30pm
Meewasin Valley Authority & Wanuskewin

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. 
University of Saskatchewan Innovative Research Tour

Wednesday, July 24| 2:30pm-5:30pm
Canadian Light Source & Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)



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 how researchers are developing innovative treatments for diseases in both humans and animals at two world-renowned research facilities located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. 

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is 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.
Gardiner Dam Tour

Wednesday, July 24| 2:30pm-5:30pm

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. 
Nutrien Allan Potash Mine Tour

Thursday, July 25| 7:00am-1:30pm

Unfortunately, this is a very limited tour. Preference given to visiting legislators from the 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. 
Sign-up for the policy tours during registration. Policy tours have limited space so secure your spot early!
Interested in joining the
planning process?

Contact PNWER below for information on how to participate in working group meetings.
  • Agriculture
  • Border & Trade
  • Cross-Border Livestock Health
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Energy & Environment
  • Innovation
  • Invasive Species
  • Mining
  • Tourism
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Water Policy
  • Workforce Development
Thank you to our early Summit sponsors!
Upcoming Events
2019 Cybersecurity Workshop

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Where: Seattle, WA
Engage in timely discussions on current cyber threats and how stakeholders can partner together as a region to increase the cybersecurity and resilience of our infrastructure. 


  • HEAR from experts on 911 and first responder communications. What are the vulnerabilities and preventable measures in our 911, dispatch, and delivery systems? Engage in scenario-based discussion.
  • GAIN a better understanding of mobile security, and hear about threats, vulnerabilities, and security surrounding the devices that we use everyday.
  • LEARN about low cost, efficient cyber solutions that can protect your business from cyber threats. Recent cyber attacks around the country have highlighted the need for ALL business owners to be aware of steps that YOU can take to prevent being a target.
  • ENGAGE on other projects throughout the region, such as region-wide drone usage project, long-term power outage preparedness, and more.
2019 Idaho Cybersecurity Summit

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Where: Boise, ID
The Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependences Summit will be the fifth event in a multi-year initiative. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Center for Regional Disaster Resilience are collaborating to develop public/private sector partnerships for resilience in the state of Idaho. The series has expanded cybersecurity capabilities of small business, government, and large industry throughout the State of Idaho. The 2019 workshop will increase cybersecurity resilience through collaboration among all stakeholders.

Confirmed Speakers:

Brad Richy, Director of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management
LTC Jeff Weak, Ret., Administrator, Idaho Office of Information Technology Services
Michael Boyle, Strategic Planning Director, Westin Building Exchange
Erin C. Horbal, Cyber Exercise Planner for the Department of Homeland Security
Michael Mattmiller, Director of Governmental Affairs, Microsoft
Ralph Ley, Idaho National Laboratory

Additional Speakers Still to be Announced!
Updates from Around the Region
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