PNWER Capital Visits 2014 
Meeting with Pacific Northwest leaders in our region
Upcoming PNWER events:

Mar. 6: PNWER Arctic Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. 

Mar. 6 - 9: PNWER / Energy Council conference in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the 
will open soon!

July 20 - 24, 2014
Whistler, B.C.

PNWER is hosting its 24th Annual Summit in British Columbia July 20 - 24, 2014.

Check out the  SUMMIT HOMEPAGE in the coming weeks as registration will open up. Hotel information is already available, so don't forget to book early! Whistler has a busy summer tourism season. The sooner you book, the better!

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Stay in style at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler.


Mark your calendar, and plan to join us for what will be a very informative Summit.

About the Summit
Key issues discussed at the Summit will include:
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Arctic Issues
  • Agriculture and Livestock Health
  • Workforce Development
  • Tourism
  • Natural Gas Vehicles
  • Innovation
  • Invasive Species
  • Mining
  • Border Issues 
The PNWER Annual Summit also offers policy tours and networking activities highlighting the natural beauty of Whistler and the innovative best practices of local industry.
Bring your whole family along for a memorable  vacation, and join more than 600 business leaders, legislators and government leaders from PNWER's ten states, provinces and territories to address the major policy issues impacting the region. 

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Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

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PNWER visits Juneau, Alaska

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) held a successful Capital Visit in Juneau on Jan. 22 and 23. Delegates attended several high-level meetings with Alaska State Governor Sean Parnell, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and Alaska State Legislative Leadership. 

The PNWER delegation meets with Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. From left: Colin Smith, Rep. Bob Herron, Deb Boone, Sen. Lisel McGuire, Gov. Sean Parnell, Robert Bouchard, Sen. John Coghill, Matt Morrison, Eddie Rideout and Steve Myers.

PNWER Vice President, MLA Alana DeLong from Alberta, joined with Representative Deborah Boone from Oregon; Robert Bouchard from the Northwest Territories; PNWER Private Sector Co-Chair Colin Smith; David Kettles, Director U.S. Relations with the Government of Alberta; and Eddie Rideout, Director from Yukon Government Ministry of Economic Development. 

Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell (third from the right) and the PNWER delegation met to discuss important regional issues.

The delegation was treated to sitting in on the Governor's State of the State address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. The capital visit also included an engaging Arctic Roundtable, co-chaired by Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron. The roundtable gave legislators the opportunity to learn more about the PNWER Arctic Caucus and the progress of our working groups from the Anchorage Summit held in 2013.

WER President Sen. Kevin Ranker during a m
Sen. Charlie Huggins, Alaska State Senate President (center) presents a special gift to PNWER executive director Matt Morrison.

The roundtable was also a great chance to work on developing the agenda for the upcoming PNWER Arctic Roundtable that will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 6, and to learn how we should engage the private sector in the Arctic. 

The PNWER delegation with Rep. Peggy Wilson (center), had a great opportunity to talk about transportation issues in the region.

The delegation's discussion topics with legislators included such important topics as regional transportation bottlenecks, liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposed projects in Alaska, OR and B.C., as well as infrastructure development, and oil spill prevention for ships transiting the Aleutian Islands from North America's west coast. Market access for commodities in transit through Alaska was also discussed. 

Sen. Lisel McGuire and Rep. Bob Herron in a meeting with Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and PNWER delegation.
This successful capital visit gave legislators and government officials from the region a great opportunity to network and learn more about what is in store for Alaska during the upcoming legislative session.
Rep. Bob Herron speaks at the PNWER pizza luncheon, where the delegation had the opportunity to network with legislators.