Past Conference

Montana and Canada: Reaching Across the 49th Parallel

May 13 & 14, 2009
Great Falls, Montana

Registration for this conference is now closed. Please call 406-994-0336 for more information.

Montana and the three Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan share 545 miles (877 km) of border along the 49th paralllel.   Although much of Montana's relationship with the Provinces is defined and controlled by the Federal government, there are State-to-Province discussions and interactions taking place on a daily basis.  The recent economic downturn has highlighted the importance of those interactions, for both countries.  What are the costs and benefits of our relationship?  Where do our respective interests lie?  What roles do we each play?  What are our responsibilities to each other in these uncertain times?

The Wheeler Center, in collaboration with the Canadan Consulate in Denver, will address the above, focusing on four areas of mutual interest:  the border, energy, trade and the environment.  The one day (plus an evening) meeting will take place in Great Falls, at the MSU College of Technology. 

We'll highlight our cross-border relationships through panel presentations and thorough discussion, including an all-attendee discussion at the end of the gathering.  The conference will be organized for those in both the public and private sectors.  Representatives in business, industry and government will be especially interested in participating.  Our goals are to continue to strengthen relationships, talk about our successes, identify areas of concern and bring new ideas and solutions to the table.  Please join us!

Past Events

From the Great Falls Tribune, 2/22/09
In speaking about the President's recent trip to Ottawa and the importance of his visit tto Canada, the Great Falls Tribune notes "... their issues matter to the new U.S. Administration.  Nowhere on this side of the border do those issues matter more than in Montana, which shares economic and cultural traits with western Canada, along with 500 miles of border."
Need more information? wheelercenter@montana.edu