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10 February 2012: Beyond the Border, One Year Later

Canadian and American stakeholders from government, business, academia and public interest groups met in Seattle on February 10th to look at progress made so far and next steps needed to ease the movement of goods and people across the border under the Beyond the Border dialog. David Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security joined Paul Haddow of DFAIT's Beyond the Border Working Group to discuss the BTB Action Plan from national and Pacific Northwest regional perspectives. The event, jointly sponsored by Western Washington University's Border Policy Research Institute and the Canadian Consulate General in Seattle, with support from the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, featured panels that focused on ways that businesses and individuals in the Pacific Northwest could contribute to reaching Beyond the Border goals.

Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen was a keynote speaker, and used the forum to underscore support by Washington State and the Province of British Columbia for achieving Beyond the Border goals, highlighting a joint press release made by Governor Gregoire and Premier Clark in support of Beyond the Border goals.