The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. The BPRI focuses on research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.
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The BPRI benefits from the guidance provided by an External Advisory Board. The Board's principal functions are to help identify areas of research needs, to provide guidance on the applicability of research findings to policy makers at the local, regional and national levels, and to foster linkages with other organizations and stakeholders involved in transportation, mobility, trade, environmental, and security issues related to the Canada-US border. The Board also assists in identifying funding and other resources necessary to implement the goals of the BPRI. Members of the Board represent a wide range of groups and stakeholders involved in Canada-US border issues in and outside the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Boos is an immigration attorney and a partner in the law firm Chang & Boos Attorneys-at-Law.
Mr. Carlson is Assistant Director of the Mt. Baker Region of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Mr. Lawless is Chief Economist for the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.
Mr. Pettinger is the owner of International Market Access, a facility designed to allow Canadian firms to have a business presence within the U.S.
Mr. Okrainetz is the manager of the Environmental Quality Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment.