Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

June 27, 2008 13:09 ET

Media Advisory/Attention Assignment Editors: U.S. and Canadian Legislators, Business Leaders to meet at Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Summit in Vancouver

Media Encouraged to Register Now, Limited Passes Available

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) will host its 18th Annual Summit July 20-24, 2008 in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. PNWER is the only forum for collaborative bi-national planning and policy development involving both the public and private sectors. Leaders from government and business will come together at the 2008 Summit to address a number of priorities for the Pacific Northwest region, including the Asia Pacific Gateway, border management, climate change, energy, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, agriculture, workforce mobility and innovation.

A detailed program and agenda is available at

Scheduled speakers include:

- Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, Government of Canada

- Hon. Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Government of Canada

- Hon. Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia

- C.L. "Butch" Otter, Governor of Idaho

- Hon. Dennis Fentie, Premier of Yukon Territory

- Hon. John van Dongen, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Province of BC

- Hon. Barry Penner, Minister of Environment, Province of BC

- Hon. Joan McIntyre, Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Province of BC

- Hon. Ron Stevens, Deputy Premier and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Province of Alberta

- Al Martinez-Fonts, Assistant Secretary, Private Sector Office, US Dept. of Homeland Security

- Elyse Allan, CEO, GE Canada

- Hal Kvisle, CEO, TransCanada

- Dr. John S. MacDonald, President and CEO, Day4Energy Inc.

- Hon. Anne McLellan, Academic Director, Institute for United States Policy Studies

Other highlights:

- US-Canada Border Issues Symposiums

- Energy and Environment sessions discussing Cap and Trade and Carbon Tax Systems

- Foyer Showcase focusing on Green Transportation and Clean Energy technologies including hybrid plug-ins, fuel cell vehicles and natural gas powered buses

- Tourism and 2010 Olympics Business Symposium

- Walk with Olympians "Healthy Living - Act Now!" Walk around Stanley Park with Olympic Athlete Chris Jarvis

- Asia Pacific Symposiums exploring international workforce and education partnerships and Pacific Gateway transportation and security issues

A limited number of complimentary media passes are available. Credentialed journalists are asked to register in advance by e-mailing


The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a regional U.S.-Canadian forum dedicated to encouraging global economic competitiveness and preserving our world-class natural environment. Its member states include: Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Yukon. PNWER is recognized by both the United States and Canada as the model for regional and bi-national cooperation because of its proven success. PNWER is a respected voice and resource for the region, and provides the public and private sectors a cross-border forum for dialogue that capitalizes upon the synergies between business leaders and government who work to advance the region's economic strength and sustainability. To learn more visit

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