Cut-Knife Turtleford MLA Larry Doke has assumed the role of Pacific Northwest Economic Regions president.
He assumed the role at this year’s PNWER summit in Spokane, Wash.
“I am thrilled to take on this new role as PNWER president,” Doke said.
“Through PNWER, we can strengthen relationships, build upon successes and create connections that will benefit us all. I am honoured to have the opportunity as president to lead important discussions that will guide our work in promoting our economic interests and achieving our goals as a region.
“I also look forward to hosting the PNWER summit in Saskatoon next year and showcasing Saskatchewan’s economic strength and growth to my PNWER colleagues.”
The organization’s 2019 summit will be held in Saskatoon from July 21 to 25.
The summit will explore shared challenges, discuss best practices and promote regional relationships among those in the Pacific Northwest, according to a government press release.
According to the release, PNWER is a statutory public/private non-profit organization which aims to increase the well-being and quality of life for citizens of the Pacific Northwest and to maintain and enhance the natural environment of the region. PNWER provides a platform for regional and bi-national co-operation and collaboration among public, private, academic and non-profit stakeholders, it states.
“MLA Doke's leadership and commitment to building cross border relationships and co-operation among our states, provinces and territories is essential at this important time in Canada-U.S .relations,” PNWER CEO Matt Morrison said.
PNWER state membership includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories represent Canadian PNWER membership.
Saskatchewan last hosted the PNWER summit in Saskatoon in 2012.