The BPRI benefits from the guidance provided by an External Advisory Board. The Board’s principal functions are to help identify areas of research needs, to provide guidance on the applicability of research findings to policy makers at the local, regional and national levels, and to foster linkages with other organizations and stakeholders involved in transportation, mobility, trade, environmental, and security issues related to the Canada-US border. The Board also assists in identifying funding and other resources necessary to implement the goals of the BPRI. Members of the Board represent a wide range of groups and stakeholders involved in Canada-US border issues in and outside the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Boos is an immigration attorney and a partner in the law firm Cascadia Cross-Border Law.
Dr. Brunet-Jailly is a professor at the University of Victoria and principal investigator for Borders in Globalization SSHRC Research Program.
Mr. Carlson is Assistant Director of the Mt. Baker Region of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Mr. Conroy is Planning Director of the Whatcom Council of Governments and facilitator of the International Mobility & Trade Corridor (IMTC) program.
Mr. Lawless is currently an executive-in-residence at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business and was formerly the former Chief Economist for the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.
DHS Attaché Lawson is the Secretary of Homeland Security’s personal representative within Canada, the Homeland Security Advisor to the US Ambassador and the Senior DHS representative in country.
Mr. Okrainetz is happily retired and formally served as the manager of the Environmental Quality Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment.
Ms. Vance-Sherman has served as a regional labor economist for the Employment Security Department for eight years. The region she covers includes Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Anneliese works closely with economic and workforce development partners throughout the state, providing local labor market intelligence to help inform strategic decision-making.