In this issue:
  • Transportation & Border at NASCO
  • Regional Cross-Border Collaboration Forum
  • PNWER goes to the Yukon
  • News around the Region
Join PNWER at the
NASCO Continental Reunion in Vancouver Sept. 26-27!
Bruce Agnew, PNWER Transportation
Co-chair, will be moderating “Innovative Infrastructure Across North America Breaking Barriers and Connecting us to Our Future” on September 27.
Program Highlights: 
  • North American State of Trade 
  • A Balanced View on One Belt, One Road China
  • Innovative Infrastructure
  • Emerging Game Changers
  • Next Generation Mobility + Smart Cities 
  • Managing Talent & Innovation 
  • Freight Movement: Gaps, Trends & Opportunities 
  • 2018 Elections: Midterms, Mexico and More 
Will self-driving vehicles answer our traffic woes?
Transportation Co-chair Bruce Agnew was recently featured in Seattle Business in an article about automated vehicles and their future impact on the region. The Seattle Business article can be found here . For more information about PNWER's work on automated vehicles, click here .

Photo Credit: Hayley Young
Border Policy Research Institute to Host
Forum on Regional Cross-Border Collaboration
On Wednesday, October 24th, the Border Policy Research Institute will host a one day forum on cross-border collaboration, with a focus on three topical areas: transportation & infrastructure planning, business integration, and transboundary environmental cooperation. The forum will be held at Western Washington University and will address the current state of regional cross-border relationships in the Pacific Northwest and identify avenues to advance these efforts, as well as current barriers.
This forum is particularly timely given the current state of U.S. – Canada relations, which has only heightened the importance of stronger cross-border collaboration. Individuals from government, private sector, and academia will be in attendance.  CLICK HERE  for the draft agenda. 
Space for this event is limited. Please contact Laurie Trautman at  if you are interested in attending.
Building Relationships &
Promoting Regional Collaboration
PNWER's Economic Leadership Forum is designed with a focus on the key issues throughout the PNWER region and seeks to maximize participation from regional legislators and business leaders in a relaxed and focused setting. The Forum's collaborative atmosphere encourages the making and strengthening of cross-border relationships and facilitates open and friendly dialogue to develop regional solutions.
PNWER meeting with Yukon Premier and Cabinet Members in Whitehorse, Yukon
From left to right: MLA Paolo Gallina, Matt Morrison, Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee, Minister John Streicker, Premier Sandy Silver, Senator Arnie Roblan, MLA Ted Adel, Minister Pauline Frost, Minister Ranj Pillai, and Minister Richard Mostyn.
Registration for the Economic Leadership Forum is open! Early bird registration ends September 28th.
Agenda for the Economic Leadership Forum
Whitehorse, Yukon (Nov. 12-15)
This year's Economic Leadership Forum will feature in-depth sessions focused on priority issues impacting the regional economy as well as our Northern communities. Among the sessions to be offered are:

  • Impact of U.S. Elections
  • First Nations Economic Development & Aboriginal Tourism Initiatives
  • First Nations Leadership & Governance
  • Energy Solutions in the North
  • NAFTA, Trade, and the Impacts of Tariffs on the Regional Economy

Accommodations & Travel
The Westmark Whitehorse Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Whitehorse within blocks of the city’s best restaurants, nighttime hot spots, and shopping, the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel & Conference Center is the Yukon’s largest lodging and conference center.

Book your Westmark Whitehorse Hotel room online here and use the PNWER group code: PWNE110818 or call 1-800-544-0970 and reference PNWER. The room block expires October 20, and space in Whitehorse is limited so book soon!

Suggested Flights to/from Whitehorse
Air North- Yukon's Airline based in Whitehorse offers a limited number of flights each day. Visit the travel section of the Economic Leadership Forum page on our website to find suggested flights and booking information.

*Air North is also offering a 10% travel discount for Forum attendees.
 Use the Promotion Code:  PNWER2018  at time of booking. Promo code is valid for the travel period: Oct.30-Nov.29.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is the premier non-partisan organization bringing together policy makers, non-profits, and business leaders to support the development of our regional economy. PNWER is recognized by both the United States and Canada as a model for regional and bi-national cooperation because of its proven success. 
Thanks to our early Winter Meeting sponsors!
International Affairs Fellowship in Canada
The  International Affairs Fellowship in Canada , sponsored by the Power Corporation of Canada, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months (or a prorated stipend if the duration is less than twelve months) as well as a modest travel allowance. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a strong record of professional achievement. The online application deadline is  October 31, 2018 . Visit  or email
News from around the Region
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