The Canada Relations Committee strives to strengthen the understanding, ties, and collaboration among legislators of the thirteen U.S. Western States and the Western Canadian Provinces. Participating legislators have the opportunity to engage with key federal and private sector shareholders from both countries to address issues of common concern and identify shared solutions. The Committee facilitates dialogue on a wide range of binational issues, including, but not limited to, agriculture, border crossings, economic competitiveness, energy, health, security, trade and transportation.



Senator Sue Malek



MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas






The Canada Relations Committee will convene at 9:00-11:45a.m. Thursday, August 17th during the Annual Meeting. Based on the latest annual data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Energy Information Administration asserts Canada is the United States’ largest partner for energy trade. With that in mind, the committee will look at current energy markets while Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and innovative components will be shared with the group. Additionally, Economic Development Strategies in First Nation/Indigenous Communities in Canada and the United States will be discussed during this binational session.


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Committee Roster



Senator Cathy Giessel

Representative DeLena Johnson

Representative Sam Kito, III

Representative Louise Stutes



Representative Tony Rivero

Representative T.J. Shope



Senator Connie Leyva

Assemblymember Ash Kalra

Assemblymember Philip Ting



Senator Bob Gardner

Senator Cheri Jahn

Senator Kent Lambert



Representative Ken Ito

Representative James Kuane Tokioka



Senator Lee Heider

Senator Dan Johnson

Senator Mary Souza

Representative Robert Anderst

Representative Mat Erpelding



Senator Mark Blasel

Senator Dee Brown

Senator Patt Connell

Senator Brian Hoven

Senator Albert Olszewski

Senator Diane Sands

Representative Brad Hamlett

Representative Ellie Hill Smith

Representative Tom Jacobson

Representative Wendy McKamey

Representative Andrea Olsen



Senator Scott Hammond

Senator Becky Harris

Senator David Parks

Senator Julia Ratti

Senator Tick Segerblom

Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel



Senator Steven Neville

Representative Angelica Rubio



Representative Susan McLain



Senate President Wayne Niederhauser

Senator Gene Davis

Senator Lincoln Fillmore



Senator Lisa Wellman



Senator Fred Baldwin

Representative Tyler Lindholm



2015-2016 Canada Relations Committee


2013-2014 Canada Relations Committee



For more information on the Canada Relations Committee, please contact CSG West staff: Martha Castañeda by phone 916-553-4423 or email: