IMC is proud to congratulate Jim Horsman on being recognized as the co-founder of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER)


The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region is a statutory public/private non-profit created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

At PNWER's 26th annual summit, held in Calgary on July 17-21, 2016, Jim was recognized for his achievements and hard work. Jim’s service to Alberta includes his many contributions during five consecutive terms as a Member of the Legislative Assembly and 14 years as a Minister of the Crown, his efforts to strengthen post-secondary education in the province, and his distinguished service representing Alberta and Canada on the international stage. He has been a driving force behind many programs and institutions that shape the quality of life enjoyed by Albertans. He was asked to speak to the history of PNWER, and the developing changes it provided to the region. 


In 1988, the Pacific NorthWest Legislative Leadership Forum (PNLLF) was formed which was the precursor of PNWER. Leaders from the legislatures of the original 7 jurisdictions designed the organization to be statutory, and enabling legislation was drawn up. PNWER was established in 1991 by statute in the organization's original seven jurisdictions –Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska in the United States, and British Columbia and Alberta in Canada. The proposal establishing PNWER passed with 701

out of 703 sitting legislators voting for the enabling legislation during the 1991 sessions.


To read more about the history of PNWER, please click here.