The Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers traditionally rotates its location every year between Eastern Canada and the New England region with each jurisdiction having the opportunity to host. The Conference itself can range from two to three days in length and cover a variety of topics including energy, environment, trade, and infrastructure. The theme of the conference is different every year and is determined by the host jurisdiction; although the focus remains on regional issues. Governors, premiers, governmental staff, and business leaders gather for panel discussions, networking opportunities, and signing of resolutions and reports.
2021 NEG/ECP Conference
After a two-year hiatus, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) met virtually on May 17 to build on their relationship, and they discussed COVID-19 and economic recovery, climate change, and U.S. Canada relations.
A major topic of discussion among Governors and Premiers was coordination on vaccine supply in the region. They agreed to write a letter inquiring about the transfer of surplus vaccinations from the states to the provinces as soon as possible to help expedite reopening their borders. A copy of the letter is available here.
The NEG/ECP has a long, successful history of working together to promote shared cross-border priorities and their closely integrated economies.
2020 NEG/ECP Conference – Canceled
The impact of COVID-19 around the globe and particularly in our region has created some unique challenges for everyone. With expert opinions about a potential second wave during flu season anticipated to start up around the time of the scheduled 2020 New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) Annual Conference in September, the co-hosts (Connecticut and Nova Scotia) have both agreed that it would be problematic to convene hundreds of people in person.
Therefore, the 2020 NEG/ECP conference was not held in Connecticut as previously planned. After much consideration, the decision was not made lightly, but the governors and premiers take the health and safety of the public very seriously and feel this is the right choice for this time.
The staff of Coalition of Northeastern Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers are working jointly to plan for a meeting of the governors and premiers in 2021. All jurisdictions remain committed to continue their work in the various NEG/ECP committees that contribute to the annual meetings’ success.
We appreciate everyone’s interest in the annual conference and thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.
2019 Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) – Canceled
Unfortunately due to Hurricane Dorian, the 2019 Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) in New Brunswick had to be canceled.
The devastation and impact of the hurricane is yet another example of the importance of regional collaboration in reference to climate change and adaptation, ironically one of the panel topics of the conference. Climate change can be linked to the increase in ocean temperature and water vapor in the atmosphere which in turn, created a perfect environment for Hurricane Dorian. More information on this correlation can be found here.
We are pleased to announce that the 43rd NEG/ECP Conference will be held on the beautiful Connecticut Shoreline on September 20th-22nd 2020. Please check back for more information or visit NEGECP.org for all conference details.
42nd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
CONEG Chairman and NEG/ECP Co-Chair Governor Phil Scott of Vermont hosted the NEG/ECP 42nd Conference in Stowe, Vermont on August 12-13, 2018. Session topics at this conference focused on energy storage, electric vehicle innovation, and trade in the region with attention on shaping the region’s future relationship.
The following material from the conference is provided below.