PNWER Conference Comes To Yellowknife

You and members of your organization are invited to the premier conference on Canada-United States cross border regional economic development and opportunities in the North!

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), the Government of the Northwest Territories and their partners are bringing a major regional economic conference to YellowknifeNov. 16-17 followed by a comprehensive mining policy tour scheduled for Nov. 18.

The Regional Economic Leadership Forum is an opportunity for local, provincial/territory and state legislators and leaders in the private and public sectors to carry out focused, in-depth discussions on key subjects affecting our regional economy.

The meeting brings together legislators and government representatives from 10 jurisdictions in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest U.S., as well as leaders from private industry, academia and the non-profit sector.

We are offering an incredible opportunity for Northwest Territories stakeholders to be involved in this unique event with a special registration rate for Northwest Territories organizations and their members.

If you live or work in the Northwest Territories, you can enjoy a special $100 one-day registration by using the code “NWTONEDAY” during the registration process – a considerable discount compared to the standard $200 price of a one-day registration or $425 for the whole event.

Learn more about PNWER and our upcoming Economic Leadership Summit

See a detailed agenda of the event

Register for the meeting

On the agenda for Monday, Nov. 16:

– Address by Honourable Robert McLeod, premier of the Northwest Territories, at an evening reception

– Arctic Governance session: Panel will show perspectives on the importance of sustainable development in the Arctic and economic security for its people.

  • Institute of the North & the Arctic Economic Council; Drue Pearce, Senior Policy Advisor, Crowell & Moring LP
  • State of Alaska Arctic Policy: Perspectives from the Alaska Legislature; Alaska Representative Bob Herron

– Aboriginal Economic Development session:

  • Aboriginal participation and ownership models; Darrell Beaulieu, Chief Executive Officer of Denendeh Investments 
  • Resource-Community Partnerships, a win-win relationship; Sean Willy, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Cameco Corporation, Saskatchewan 

On the agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 17:

– Breakfast Plenary on the Impacts of the Federal Election; Colin Robertson, Senior Advisor, Dentons LLP

– Luncheon Keynote by Brendan Bell, CEO, Dominion Diamond Corporation

– Energy Development in the North & Energy Efficient Buildings session

  • Moderator: Representative Deb Boone, Oregon State
  • Utilizing Innovative Strategies for Energy Systems in the Arctic; Paul Manson, Chairman, SeaBreeze Power Corporation
  • Roadmap to Resilient, Net-Zero Buildings in the Northwest -Introduction to energy efficiency, Net-Zero construction & deep retrofits and examples of programs and policies within the PNWER region.
  • Overview of energy opportunities in the Northwest Territories; Robert Sexton, Manager of Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Efficient Buildings in the North; Jim Martin, Vice President, Northwest Housing Corporation

– Mining session

  • A look at the impact of global commodity prices and its effect on Pacific Northwest region.

Mining Tour; Wednesday, Nov. 18

Time: 7:30 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free! Generously sponsored by the Northwest Territories Mineral Resources Division

– Overview of the NWT & Nunavut Mining and Exploration Industry by Pamela Strand, Director of the Mineral Resource Division of the GNWT. Ms. Strand will accompany and guide the tour.

– Surface tour by bus that will highlight both Yellowknife’s gold history as well as our active diamond mining industry.

Stops will include:


– The NWT Diamond Centre, where you will hear about the stories of Diavik, Ekati and the Snap Lake Mine – located 300 kilometers north of Yellowknife – you will see this story told in an interpretive exhibit, showcasing the fascinating geology of kimberlite deposits, the technology of mining in the sub-arctic, and the process used to turn a rough stone into a beautiful diamond.

– Robertson Headframe at the past-producing Con Mine, currently closed and undergoing reclamation by Newmont Mining. The NWT Mining Heritage Society will present facts from our rich mineral history.

– Giant Mine Remediation Project, a joint project to clean up the surface, stabilize and secure the underground and maintain and monitor the site for the future.

– Aerial tour of Yellowknife by Twin Otter on skis and take off from the frozen waters of Great Slave Lake.

The Economic Leadership Forum begins on Monday, Nov. 16 and coincides with the last day of our Legislative Leadership Academy, which will bring together legislators from Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest U.S. and Alaska. More than 25 legislators graduated from our last academy in 2013.

Feel free to call 206-443-7723 or email Mark Stayton at if you have any questions or require additional materials.

We hope to see you in Yellowknife!

2015 PNWER Meeting Agenda

PNWER meeting brochure

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