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“The upcoming Columbia River Treaty negotiations: What do they mean for Canada and the U.S.?”
May 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
May 15 Luncheon featuring the Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia River Treaty
Covering an area the size of France, the Columbia River basin is the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty signed in 1964 between Canada/BC and the United States has an equally dramatic social, economic and environmental footprint in both nations.
The treaty laid the foundation for the construction of 14 dams and reservoirs to control flooding and generate power. While it is not up for renewal until 2024, efforts to modernize the 54-year old treaty are expected to begin this year.
The outcome of negotiations will have a profound impact on both sides of the border.
Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn. She is the Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia River Treaty.
Successful in both community and career endeavors, Katrine has enjoyed careers as one of B.C.’s first female power engineers, as an early childhood educator, administrator and college instructor, and as a small business person.
The luncheon is open to the public. Reservations are required by 1200pm Friday, May 11.
Reservations: Phone (250) 370-1837 or reserve on Eventbrite