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At our plenary meeting in Calgary in October 2004, participants concluded a substantive discussion of the TBWG's accomplishments, its structure, and future directions.  It was agreed at that time that a more focused Subcommittee should be formed to examine options for implementing change within the TBWG, and for charting new directions.   Following the meeting in Calgary, the new Subcommittee produced an Options Paper that contained fifteen recommendations for improving the TBWG.  One of the key recommendations implemented from the Options Paper was the formation of a representative Steering Committee.   The new Steering Committee confirmed its membership in June 2005, and held its first conference call that same month. 

Guided by the TBWG’s Terms of Reference and Annual Action Plan, the mandate of the Steering Committee is to aid in fulfilling the TBWG’s mission by providing for the inclusive, productive, and efficient coordination and communication of TBWG activities.  As such, the scope of the Steering Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • The planning of bi-annual plenary meetings in Canada and the U.S.;
  • The management of the official TBWG website;
  • Consultation and communication with TBWG Subcommittees; and
  • Coordination and communication of information between the TBWG and other organizations and regions.

The Steering Committee is permanently co-chaired by representatives from Transport Canada and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, and is comprised of 4 additional seats:  two permanent seats are extended to representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in recognition of the lead role that those agencies occupy in the area of border management; two rotational seats are reserved exclusively for state and provincial partners.  Membership on the Steering Committee, whether new or renewed, is confirmed annually at the spring plenary meeting.  Transport Canada and the Federal Highway Administration each provide Secretariat resources to help organize the Steering Committee. 

The Steering Committee is co-chaired by:

Tom Oommen
TBWG Co-Chair
Transport Canada
Tel: (613) 998-0674
Kenneth Petty
TBWG Co-Chair
U.S. Federal Highway Administration
Tel: (202) 366-6654

Steering Committee members include: Subcommittee/Discussion Group Co-Chairs and representatives from: Transport Canada, U.S. Department of Transportation, Canada Border Services Agency; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Eastern Border Transportation Coalition; and Whatcom Council of Governments.

We invite you to contact our TBWG Co-Chairs directly for more information on the TBWG, its meetings, and activities.