A cross-border update luncheon will be held in the border city of Ferndale, WA on February 24 to promote the Canada/USA partnership in the Pacific Corridor.

The event will bring together business leaders from BC and Washington communities adjacent to the border to renew and develop business relationships and opportunities presented by the recently announced ?Beyond the Border Action Plan? agreed by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama.

In addition, information will be provided about ?Globe 2012?, a major international conference and trade fair on business and the environment to be held in Vancouver, BC March 14-16. Joint venture investment and business opportunities will be emphasized.

According to event organizer Jim Pettinger, ?The decade following 9/11 saw a ?thickening? of the border in response to security needs. The new ?action plan? between our two countries promises ?perimeter security? and greatly improved border access at all levels.?

Don Alper, the first of two keynote speakers, will provide attendees with an update on the recent Canada/USA border ?action plan?, which addresses ?perimeter security? and is intended to remove many major and minor barriers to trade and tourism. Alper is a professor and director at the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Cheryl Schell has been involved with the Globe series of biennial environmental conferences and trade fairs held in Vancouver, BC since their inception in 1990. She will highlight opportunities for individuals and organizations on both sides of the border to develop business, investment and joint-venture opportunities. Schell is the President of C/Schell Marketing Services, Langley, BC. Formerly, she was the Sr. Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, BC.

The update will be of interest to all persons involved with Canada/USA trade, tourism, investment, government, education and economic development.

Sponsors of the event include: Port of Bellingham, Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE), Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Business Monthly Online, and International Market Access, Inc.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm on Friday, February 24 at the Silver Reef Casino Hotel Spa, Haxton Way at Slater Road, Ferndale, WA. Cost for the event is $35 pre-registered or $45 at the door. For more information contact Carol Jackson at 1-800-799-8848 or visit our website to register.


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