Subnational Leaders Gather at 2018 North American Summit

WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association (NGA), in conjunction with the National Conference of Mexican Governors (CONAGO) and the Council of the Federation (COF), hosted a summit for North American governors and premiers, May 4-6.

At a time when economic ties between the United States, Canada and Mexico are more relevant than ever before, the summit presented a real opportunity for governors and premiers to hear from one another, exchange ideas and create a stronger economic region. During the two-day event, governors and premiers, along with their trade representatives and economic advisors, discussed issues including: energy, agriculture, labor mobility and workforce development.

“The North American Summit’s success reinforces the devotion of subnational leaders in working collectively to overcome shared challenges and I thank them all for attending,” said NGA Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. “It was an honor to join with our Mexican and Canadian counterparts for this historic convening.”

The summit, the first event hosted by the NGA Global program, afforded governors and premiers an opportunity to hear from leaders in industry and trade experts from all three countries.

During the summit:

  • Peggy Philbin, CEO of 2100 Global, the Honorable Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and others gave their perspectives on how subnational engagement in international affairs supports investment and operations in all three countries at a business leaders roundtable.
  • Dr. George Mathew, CEO and chairman of Krespy and Dr. Russel Girling president and CEO of TransCanada, led a dialogue on the region’s role in a globalized economy.
  • Ambassador Early Anthony Wayne, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and Mary Moran presided over a session also focused on labor mobility and the workforce of tomorrow.
  • Presidents and CEOs of companies including the Organization for International Investment, Toronto Global and the Perryman Group, highlighted the importance of investment to job creation and economic growth.
  • Attendees also learned about the role of integrated supply chain and working together to build our region’s infrastructure during a session.

“Subnational leaders are key transformation agents in the global arena,” said NGA CEO Scott Pattison. “They all have common goals of creating jobs, ensuring a healthy economy and enhancing North American competitiveness.”


NGA Global, a new office that focuses on the relationship between states and the international community, creates opportunities for governors to convene and collaborate with their counterparts across the globe.