The US Consulate was delighted to attend the Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER) summit from July 20-24. Described as the “Gold Standard” of US-Canada relations, PNWER is a unique platform for leaders in government, and the private and non-profit sectors to come together and address common issues. The PNWER initiative was organized and created by the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and the provinces/territories of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. PNWER organization members strive to provide quality economic well-being for their citizens while sustaining and enhancing the pristine natural environment of the region.
The exchange of ideas throughout the summit was unparalleled as issues such as Energy and Environment, Innovation, Trade and many more were addressed during daily sessions chaired by expert committees. Attendees were also treated to keynote addresses given by several dynamic figures including the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, and both the Canadian Ambassador to the US Gary Doer and the US Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman. The ambassadors also participated in a roundtable discussion on Border Issues, which included dynamic topics such as additions to the existing Nexus Program, and outlines for the Border Action Plan.