An Update to the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Community Regarding our 2020 Conference

We hope you have been staying healthy and safe in these challenging and evolving times. As our economies and businesses reopen, we know there will be long term and permanent impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope your industries and organizations are in a position to contribute to a renewed Cascadia economy.

While our collective energy has been focused on the immediate challenges, work continues on the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and we remain optimistic about the future of the Corridor and its role in our respective countries’ economic recovery.

However, we have made the decision not to proceed with the 2020 Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference. While this is disappointing, it is the right decision given the need to protect the health and safety of participants and in the context of the uncertainty surrounding cross-border travel and large gatherings.

Despite this decision, our steering committee and sub-committees continue to advance projects and strengthen cross-border collaboration. As our respective state and provincial governments, as well as local business, academic and community partners develop recovery plans, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is looked upon as an asset, particularly given the increased focus on technology, digitization and remote workplaces, and more regional supply chains in a post-pandemic economy.

While an in-person conference is not feasible for 2020, we will be creating opportunities this fall to connect as the Cascadia Innovation Corridor community through online activities and presentations. We anticipate there will be interest in exploring how the Cascadia Innovation Corridor can advance economic and community renewal, emerging regional partnerships, as well as the new realities of the workplace, education, health care and research. We look forward to sharing those plans with you in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and for all your individual and collective efforts addressing the challenges facing our organizations and communities.


Chris Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle
Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia
Co-chairs, Cascadia Innovation Corridor Steering Committee


The Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings together business, academic, and government leaders from both sides of the border to explore new strategies for the region to come together, maximize our shared competitive advantages, and elevate our global economic position. It is an opportunity to engage with regional, national and international experts on how we can work together to strengthen Cascadia’s position as an international hub for innovation, spur job creation, and enhance our already high quality of life.

Those working on these initiatives and other innovative partnerships are committed to continuing to share best practices; enhance the region’s physical and intellectual infrastructure; create exciting new opportunities for young people in both countries; and bring the benefits of technology developments to underserved populations. The annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference is an important component of this work.

To learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Initiative, please visit the Connect Cascadia website.



2019 Conference Speakers Included:


– Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft

– Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Washington

– Kevin McAllister, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

– Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines & Chairman of the Board of Airlines for America

– Sue Paish, CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

– Lisa Brown, Director of Washington State Department of Commerce

– Marilyn Strickland, CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

– John Cook, Co-Founder & Publisher of Geekwire

– Farhan Mohamed, Editor-in-Chief & Partner of Daily Hive

– Emily Parkhurst, Publisher & Market President of Puget Sound Business Journal


Additional speakers to be announced


2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference Materials

Regional leaders convened for the third annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, held in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 9-10, 2018. The conference built upon cross-border connections that have been developed over the previous two years. Highlights included: a Seattle to Vancouver seaplane service, ongoing feasibility studies of high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, collaboration among polytechnic institutions throughout Cascadia, and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative.


     Press Release: Regional Leaders Convene to Strengthen Canadian and US Cross-Border Ties in Cascadia Innovation Corridor


     Agenda: 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference


     2018 Conference Speakers


2017 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference Materials

The second annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference was held in Seattle, Washington on September 12-13, 2017 with a growing list of partners including Microsoft, The BC Tech Association, The Business Council of British Columbia, The Washington Roundtable, The Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Tech Association.


     Agenda: 2017 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference


     Media Feature: Seattle Times


     Blog: Today in Technology: The border that has an arch instead of a wall


     Article: Students’ create something really incredible in broader aim to help two cross-border cities thrive together



2016 Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference Materials

The Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia brought together business and government leaders to explore the potential for joint partnerships in education, transportation, university research, human capital and other areas over the weekend of September 19-21, 2016. The conference was jointly hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable and Microsoft Corp.

Leaders on both sides of the border acknowledged the opportunity to create a single interconnected region that could be more competitive in today’s global economy and took immediate action today to deepen relationships and strengthen partnerships.


     Press Release: New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor


     Working Paper: Cascadia High-Speed Rail Opportunity


    Province of British Columbia and Washington State Memorandum of Understanding


     News Release: Province of British Columbia


     News Release: Washington State


     Blog: An idea whose time has come: A new Cascadia Innovation Corridor connecting Vancouver and Seattle


     Blog: Next Generation Washington: Our perspective on this year’s state legislative agenda


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