The Canada Institute was awarded the Canadian Public Relations Society's (CPRS) Bronze Award of Excellence in the category of government relations. The Canada Institute, working in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Energy Information and Global Public Affairs, was presented with the award at the CPRS Annual Conference Gala dinner on June 10, 2008, in Halifax, Nova Scotia for their ninth Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues.

The CPRS annually recognizes outstanding achievements in comprehensive public relations projects or programs and the Canada Institute was eligible for the award through its partner's affiliation with the CPRS. The CPRS award in government relations was designed to recognize exemplary events and conferences that help foster a greater understanding of major political issues among government officials, industry representatives, and the general public, with the hope that such events ultimately contribute to more informed policy decisions.

The Institute's ninth Cross-Border Forum explored the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as an interim solution to reduce GHG emissions that both Canada and the United States are currently seeking. The forum took place on March 6, 2008 and began with a keynote breakfast featuring Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. It was followed by panelist presentations and a closed door dialogue session, and concluded with a keynote luncheon with remarks from the Wyoming Governor David Freudenthal.

The first Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues (presented as the Woodrow Wilson Center Forum on Cross-Border Issues), was held on March 2, 2004, and followed the Woodrow Wilson Awards
Dinner in Calgary. It dealt with the broad business relationship between Canada and the United States, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Since then, the Woodrow Wilson Center Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues has evolved into a regular, structured exchange of views on the challenges confronting the energy sector in North America. To ensure substantive discussion and interaction, the format for the forums revolves around a closed-door discussion among participants, who also hear presentations by guest panelists. Participation is limited to a select group of up to 50 industry and government representatives, whose knowledge of the issues and interest in the cross-border energy trade ensure a candid exchange of opinions and thorough discussion of key—and sometimes difficult—questions. As such, the forums are intended to foster and sustain an ongoing dialogue between stakeholders in each country's energy sector.