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The role of Chief Information Security Officer is ever-changing, as the position itself evolves and organizations understand the importance of organization-wide IT security strategies. 

We will host a panel of expert CISOs from the public and private sector to discuss the changing role of the position and the future of our organizations and virtual world. What have we learned and where are we headed? What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how organizations are assessing cyber risks, security, and workforce challenges? How is the role of CISO evolving? What does leadership need to know about communicating and positioning organizations to succeed? How do we create more resilient organizations, manage risk, and foster a culture of cyber resilience?
Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed to inform:
  • Policymakers
  • Emergency managers
  • IT professionals
  • Cybersecurity directors & managers
  • Law enforcement
  • Business continuity professionals
  • All private and public sector stakeholders with an interest in cybersecurity

Join us for an dialogue with regional utility CEOs on the market demand and move towards decarbonization, the future of our energy infrastructure, and the need for energy resilience.
  • How will the western region address the rapidly changing energy landscape (i.e. 1,000MWs reduction in the region’s power resources due to the closing on fossil fuel power plants, etc.)
  • How can the region work together to develop viable solutions?
  • How do you see the need for large-scale energy storage? 
  • What is the future of stored renewable hydrogen to support the region’s power to gas opportunity?
Moderator: Bob Rowe , President and CEO, NorthWestern Energy

  • Paul Browning, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
  • Lisa Grow, President and CEO, IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power
  • Maria Pope, President and CEO, Portland General Electric
  • Jason Thackston, Senior VP, Avista
  • David Bennett, Director of Communications, FortisBC
Over the past few months, we have witnessed many unforeseen impacts of COVID19 on food production, processing and supply chains. Many of these short term impacts will continue to have cascading effects across our agriculture sectors for many months and years to come.

  • What are the long term implications of COVID19 on our food supply? 
  • What steps are being taken to ensure we have high levels of food safety during the crisis and beyond? 
  • How will COVID19 impact trade and exports? 
  • What are success stories and best practices that have taken place in your jurisdiction?
Moderator: Patrick Kole , Idaho Potato Commission, PNWER Co-Chair

  • Hon. David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture
  • Dr. Tahnee Szymanski, Assistant State Veterinarian, Montana
  • Ryder Lee, CEO, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
  • Rep. Mary Dye, Washington State Legislature

While the rest of the world was shut down, construction workers in British Columbia were able to stay on the job with few COVID cases and no related hospitalizations.

Join PNWER for a webinar exploring how close coordination between WorkSafeBC and the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) resulted in clear, effective guidelines for construction work continuity during this pandemic. This webinar will explore how the public and private sector can work together to guarantee the safety of their workers, effective timelines for collaboration, and the best practices that can be carried forward as we move towards a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. 
Moderator: Charles Kelly , President, Great Northern Management Consultants

  • Mike McKenna, Executive Director, British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)
  • Dr. Dave Baspaly, President & CEO, Council of Construction Associations (COCA)
  • Chris Atchison, President, British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
  • Chris Back, Director, OHS Consultation & Education Services, WorkSafeBC
Visit our website for details on our ongoing series, register for upcoming webinars, and check out recordings for past webinars.
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Ed Conroy (center) and his wife, Hon. Katrine Conroy (right), receive the Hot Potato Award from OR Sen. Arnie Roblan (left), former PNWER President, during the 2018 PNWER Annual Summit in Spokane, WA.

Ed and Katrine received the award for their valuable work on bi-national issues including the Columbia River Treaty.

Katrine Conroy, serves as current MLA for Kootenay West, Minister of Children and Family Development, and Minister responsible for the Columbia River Treaty.
In Remembrance

PNWER is saddened by the loss of former BC Minister and MLA Ed Conroy.

Ed was PNWER's first Vice President from BC from 1999-2001 during which he provided exceptional regional leadership. He served as MLA for Rossland-Trail from 1991-2001 and was the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries for BC and the Minister Responsible for Rural Development from 2000 to 2001.

Ed and his wife, Katrine, resided on a ranch in Pass Creek where they bred prize-winning Polled Hereford cattle. He and his wife raised four children and have nine grandchildren.

We deeply appreciate all the Ed has done for BC, for the region, and for PNWER. He will be greatly missed.
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