The British Columbia – Washington Transborder Atlas Collaborative (TAC) is a project supported by BPRI and designed as a resource for scholars, policy makers, students, and communities of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. CLICK HERE to access the digital platform.
The Salish Sea Governance Study is a baseline inventory, designed to identify and categorize the variety of actors and instruments that bear on the maintenance and revitalization of the Salish Sea. Learn more about the project here.
Forums, Conferences, and Symposia
Forum on Regional Cross-Border Collaboration Between the U.S. and Canada
October 24, 2018
The BPRI hosted 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.
This forum was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Research Grant ‘Borders in Globalization’ at the University of Victoria.
This 2 day symposium was co-hosted by Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College to bring together Tribal and First Nations leaders, government representatives, non-government organizations, academics, and private industry to address the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty.
Roundtable on The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County
November 18, 2015
A roundtable discussion featuring Chris Lawless (British Columbia Investment Management Corporation), Ken Peacock (Business Council of British Columbia), and Hart Hodges (WWU Center for Economic and Business Research).
Passenger Rail in Whatcom County
All Aboard Washington and Cascadia Academy joined WWU in promoting alternative transportation with an exploration of increased passenger rail in Whatcom County.
Beyond the Border: Making the Action Plan Work for You
October 23, 2012
The BPRI assisted the Vancouver Board of Trade with a Forum in Vancouver, BC. Ross Distinguished Professor Christopher Sands gave the breakfast keynote address, Associate Director David Davidson presented a paper on border metrics, and Director Don Alper moderated a panel titled “The Border Action Plan: How Will It Improve the Border?”
Conference on Beyond the Border at Age One
February 10, 2012
In February 2011 President Obama and Prime Minister Harper issued the “Beyond the Border” Declaration, launching an initiative to enhance security and trade flow between the US and Canada. In December 2011 a jointly crafted Action Plan was released, identifying specific programs and processes designed to bring the “Beyond the Border” vision to life in the coming years. In this conference, the BPRI, in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada – Seattle, invited prominent scholars and policy professionals to discuss and assess the plan’s implications and impact on Canada-US border management in the Pacific Northwest.
Seminar on Perimeter Security
June 20, 2011
The BPRI and the Seattle Canadian Consulate General of Canada convened more than 40 academics, policy makers and US and Canadian Government officials in Seattle to discuss how border security is envisioned and managed. Presentations were made by experts on border issues, followed by lively discussion among academics, law enforcement officials, policy leaders and businesspersons. The focus of the seminar was the concept of ‘Perimeter Security,’ which is being explored by high level government teams recently established by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, to strengthen trade between the two nations and improve continental security by pursuing smarter, more cooperative border policies. Download June 20th Proceedings here.
Seminar at Woodrow Wilson Center
April 12, 2010
The BPRI hosted a seminar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The seminar brought prominent scholars to D.C. to present practical policy recommendations about how to facilitate Canada – US trade. This event was a unique opportunity for federal policy-makers to have a dialogue with academia and to help steer the course of future research. Panelists included Chris Sands, Greg Anderson, William Anderson, Hugh Conroy, Kathryn Friedman, Paul Storer, Anne Goodchild, and David Davidson. Geoffrey Hale and Jason Ackleson were discussants. Download seminar Proceedings here.
Conference on Border Challenges and Regional Solutions: 2010 Olympics and the Pacific Northwest Experience
February 24, 2009
video and summary
The BPRI co-hosted a conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Canada Institute at Woodrow Wilson, the Canadian Embassy, and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER).
Conference on North American Perspectives on Borders and Security: Developing a Policy Narrative
January 12, 2009
agenda and summary
The BPRI was co-host of a conference at San Diego State University in cooperation with ACSUS (the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S.) and NACTS (the North American Center for Transborder Studies).
Conference on North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States, and Border Communities
January 12 – 15, 2008
The BPRI was co-host of the BRIT IX Conference with the University of Victoria. The conference theme was “North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States, and Border Communities.”
Conference on Fostering Mobility at the BC/WA Border: Perimeter Clearance, WHTI, and Real ID
February 15, 2007
The BPRI hosted a conference titled “Fostering Mobility at the BC/WA Border: Perimeter Clearance, WHTI, and Real ID.” The conference benefitted stakeholders involved in a formal effort by the governments of B.C. and Washington State to promote the use of driving licenses as an acceptable form of ID for the purpose of crossing the border.
Roundtable on Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
March 24, 2006
The BPRI hosted the “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Roundtable.” A group of invited panelists from Washington State and Canada participated in a discussion with Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen regarding the impacts to people and businesses in this region that might result from implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Jim Williams, Director of US-VISIT, Department of Homeland Security and Frank Moss, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, Department of State attended the event to hear the concerns particular to the region.
“A Protectionist in the White House: TPP, NAFTA and Trade Policy in the Trump Administration”
May 8, 2017
Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), based in Washington, D.C., discussed international trade policy under the Trump Administration. Mr. Alden is the author of the book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.” Alden’s previous book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 was published in 2009.
“Continuing International Trade during the Trump Administration”
Dr. Chris Sands, Ross Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, discussed the future of international trade under the Trump presidency, with a particular focus on the relationship between Canada and the U.S.
“The Fence & the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity along the Canada – U.S. Border”
May 10 – 11
Dr. Nicol from Trent University spoke about her book on the historical development of the Canada – U.S. border security relationship. In her book, Nicol argues that prominent security motifs, such as themes of free trade, illegal immigration, cross-border crime, and terrorism are not new, nor are they limited to the post-9/11 era. They have developed and evolved at different times and have become part of a larger quilt, whose patches are stitched together to create a new fabric and design.
“The Economic Impact of Cross-Border Retailing in Whatcom County”
Senior Economics student Daniel Edgel presented the results of his honor’s thesis, which examined trends in cross-border retail shopping. His observational analysis explores the factors that influence British Columbians to cross the border to shop, how significant same-day cross-border shoppers are to Whatcom County’s economy, and the impact that changes in the exchange rate and U.S. domestic policy have on cross-border shopping and the local economy.
“Borders in the European Union”
October 5 – 6
Fulbright scholar and Polish national Dr. Wojciech Michnik hosted a brown bag lunch discussion focused on the continuing refugee and immigrant crisis in Europe.
“Maintaining Walls: Re-Examining the Environmental and Social Impacts of the U.S. – Mexico Border Fence”
Dr. Martinez discussed research conducted in Eagle Pass, Texas that explored both the social and environmental impacts of the border fence. Co-hosted with Huxley College Speaker Series.
Steven Globerman and Paul Storer
“Future Bilateral Trade Scenarios and Their Implications for Border Infrastructure”
Professors Globerman and Storer presented findings from a BPRI funded research project on changes in North American trade patterns and transportation infrastructure at land ports of entry along the U.S.- Canada border.
“Neighbors in the North: Canada, the U.S., and the Arctic Council”
May 14, 2015
Experts from the U.S. and Canada discussed the transition of the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada to the U.S., occurring in April, 2015.
Eric de Place of Sightline Institute
“The Thin Green Line”
Eric de Place spoke about the energy market and the development of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. This event was co-sponsored by Fairhaven College.
Washington State Representative Gael Tarleton
“Resilient Economy, Resilient Communities”
Representative Tarleton shared perspectives on how we sustain open borders and expand trade with Canada while protecting the security of our people and communities.
Alan Bersin, Andrew Brown, Eduardo Baca-Cuenca, Matt Morrison, David Bradley, and Chris Sands
“Beyond NAFTA: Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness”
With two decades of NAFTA behind us, and with the “Beyond the Border” agenda near the end of its phase-one timeline, the BPRI asked speakers to produce ideas about what should next be done in order to foster cross-border mobility.
World Issues Forum
Paul Storer Memorial Lectures
Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
October 17, 2017
Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada
“Cross-Border Trade Integration and Monetary Policy”
September 16, 2016