Regional Cross-Border Collaboration Between the U.S. and Canada

Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (All day)

On October 24th, the Border Policy Research Institute will host a one day policy forum on cross-border collaboration, with a focus on three topical areas: transportation & infrastructure planning, business integration, and transboundary environmental cooperation. We will discuss the state of regional cross-border collaboration in these areas and identify avenues to advance these efforts, as well as barriers that currently exist. This forum is particularly timely given the current political atmosphere and state of U.S.-Canadian affairs, which has only heightened the importance of stronger cross-border collaboration. Individuals from government, private sector, and academia will be in attendance. This one day forum will be hosted at Western Washington University from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Regional Cross-Border Collaboration Between the U.S. and Canada

Wednesday, October 24th, Western Washington University

The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is hosting a one day policy forum to discuss the state of regional cross-border collaboration in three key sectors and to identify avenues to advance these efforts, as well as barriers that currently exist.  This forum is particularly timely given the current political atmosphere and state of U.S. – Canadian affairs, which has only heightened the importance of stronger cross-border collaboration. Individuals from government, private sector, and academia will be in attendance. Space is limited, please contact Laurie Trautman at Laurie.Trautman[at]wwu[dot]edu if you are interested in attending.

The FINAL AGENDA is also available HERE:

8:15-8:45     Doors open, coffee and light refreshments
8:45-9:00     Greetings by Dr. Chris Sands
9:00-9:30     Welcome by U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen
9:30-11:50   Panel discussions:

Transportation/Infrastructure Planning
Moderator: Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute

  • Hugh Conroy, Director of the International Mobility & Trade Corridor Program
  • Dr. Bill Anderson, Director of Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor
  • Lina Halwani, Director of Planning, BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Todd Carlson, Washington Department of Transportation

Business/Economic Integration
Moderator: Dr. Chris Sands, Johns Hopkins University

  • Matt Morrison, CEO of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region
  • Dr. Kathryn Friedman, University of Buffalo & Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Hana Doubrava, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Vancouver
  • Solomon Wong, President & CEO, Intervistas Consulting Group

12:00-1:00 Lunch Keynote by Brian Wootton, Regional Director of Incident Management, Canadian Coast Guard

1:10-2:15  Transboundary Environmental Cooperation
Moderator: Don Alper, Professor Emeritus, WWU

  • Ginny Broadhurst, Director of the Salish Sea Institute
  • Margit Sare, Cross-Border Fellow, Center for Transboundary Cooperation
  • David Marshall, Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council
  • Katrina Radach, The Nature Conservancy

2:15-3:15 Facilitated discussion to develop key principles/policy recommendations

3:15-3:30 Concluding remarks

Border Policy Research Institute is a policy partner of the Borders in Globalization research program. See the event page on their website.