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December 2017
Happy Holidays from PNWER!
Thanks for your Support in 2017!
This year has been an important one in the Canada-U.S. relationship. 
Here at PNWER, w e 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.

Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and passion to make the Pacific Northwest region the great place that it is to live, work, and play.

We look forward to continuing to work together with you in the new year. 

Matt Morrison and the PNWER Staff
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.

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. 

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.
i Thank you to All of our Partners This Year
PNWER Statutory Member Jurisdictions
  • Alberta
  • Alaska
  • British Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Northwest Territories
  • Oregon
  • Saskatchewan
  • Washington
  • Yukon
Other Government Partners
  • Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Consulate General Canada - Seattle
  • Consulate General Canada - Denver
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Canada
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Transport Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
  • Idaho National Laboratories (INL)
  • King County Office of Emergency Management
  • Oregon Invasive Species Council
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Washington Economic Development Commission
  • Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Washington State Fusion Center
  • Washington County
University Partners
  • Portland State University
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • Western Washington University
Partner Non-Profits / Associations / Foundations
  • AdvantageBC
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Canada - Western Canada
  • ASET 
  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • Canadian Animal Health Coalition 
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Cascadia Center for Regional Development
  • CleanTech Alliance
  • Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA)
  • Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance
  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
  • Surrey Board of Trade
  • Van Horne Institute
Private Sector Supporters
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Alberta Beef Producers
  • ALMA
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Andeavor
  • ASET
  • Association of Mineral Exploration BC
  • Association of Oregon Counties
  • Battelle
  • Blackball Ferry
  • BNSF
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • BP
  • BYD
  • Business Oregon
  • The Butchart Gardens
  • Calgary Economic Development
  • Canpotex Ltd. 
  • Cement Association of Canada
  • Century Link
  • CN
  • Construction Center of Excellence
  • Cruise Line International Association -North West and Canada
  • Devon Energy
  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation 
  • Enbridge
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia 
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fasken Martineau
  • FortisBC
  • G7 Generation
  • IBEW Local 48
  • Idaho Dairymen's Association
  • Idaho National Lab
  • Idaho Potato Commission
  • Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Associations
  • Koch Industries Inc.
  • League of Oregon Cities
  • MDU Resources
  • Metro
  • Microsoft
  • Nelson Mullins
  • NIKE
  • Northwest Cement Council
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Northwest Food Processors Association
  • NW Natural
  • North Star Group
  • One Concern
  • Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Oregon People's Utility District Association
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Power
  • Pacific Northwest Law Group
  • Portland Business Alliance
  • Portland General Electric
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • SaskCanola
  • Simplot
  • Shell
  • Spectrum
  • Spectra Energy
  • RDH Building Science 
  • Teck
  • Travel Oregon
  • Tourism Victoria
  • Union Pacific
  • Vancouver Energy
  • Van Ness Feldmen
  • Veresen
  • Washington Public Utility Districts Association
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The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) was created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories. 

It is a statutory public/private non-profit dedicated to increasing the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining and enhancing our natural environment.

Our overarching goals are to:
  • Coordinate provincial and state policies throughout the region
  • Identify and promote "models of success"
  • Serve as a conduit to exchange information.
  • Promote greater regional collaboration
  • Enhance the competitiveness of the region in both domestic and international markets
  • Leverage regional influence in Ottawa and Washington D.C.
  • Achieve continued economic growth while maintaining the region's natural environment
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