For 2021, we are continuing with the virtual forums launched in the fall of 2020 to bring together the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Community strengthen cross border collaboration and advance the work and commitment of our steering committee.
As we look to the future and ways to restore our economic health, we must remain open to strategic collaboration across the entire Cascadia mega-region. The Cascadia Innovation Corridor is a recognized asset, particularly given the increased focus on technology, digitization and remote workplaces, and more regional supply chains in a post-pandemic economy. This series will explore opportunities to leverage this region and its strengths for the economy of tomorrow.
Now more than ever is the time to work together to bring these long-term goals to life for the benefit of all who live in the region.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and for all your individual and collective efforts addressing the challenges facing our communities and our organizations. We hope you will join us for our virtual forums and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with you.
Chris Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle
Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia
Co-chairs, Cascadia Innovation Corridor Steering Committee
The 2020-2021 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forums build upon the four years of gatherings and work to strengthen collaboration across the Cascadia mega-region. Like the conferences before, the virtual forums bring 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 restore our economic health in the context of today’s challenges, particularly COVID-19.
The Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s first virtual forum of 2021, Cascadia life sciences leading in the global fight against COVID-19, was co-hosted by David Grossman, M.D., M.P.H. National Senior Medical Director for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente and Lesley Esford, Ph.D., life sciences industry expert, and Co-Chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Sub-Committee on Life Sciences. The forum featured many local life sciences leaders from the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, including two panel discussions, one of which focused on Cascadia’s involvement in the development of COVID-19 diagnostics, R&D and testing implementation experiences in the region and the second focused on vaccine research and therapeutics development for COVID-19 happening in B.C. and Washington State.
Researchers, life sciences companies and health care professionals in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor have played a leading role in the global fight against COVID-19. The development of treatments, diagnostics, vaccine technology and the coordination of vaccine trials continues to advance at a rapid pace due in part to local leadership and collaboration across the Pacific Northwest.
On Friday, November 20th, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s hosted the Sustainable Agri-foods and Agri-tech in Cascadia virtual forum. The forum explored COVID-19’s impact on supply chains for local producers, buyers, and our emergency food system, as well as how the growing agri-tech sector is expanding opportunities for local farmers.
The session was hosted by the Co-chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor sub-committee on sustainable agriculture, Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean of UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Chad Kruger, Director, Western Washington College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences.
Wildfires and urban smoke know no borders – A cross-border collaboration on research and management approaches: The October 27th forum featured forestry management researchers, government officials, conservationists and academics from all along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.A. for a discussion on wildfires and urban smoke. The conversation canvassed topics including the risk of wildfire in urbanized wet forests, how universities can help guide the translation of forest management science into climate-smart public policy, and how to minimize future carbon emissions, wildfire damage and smoke impacts on health while also supporting a growing bioeconomy.
Cascadia Vision 2050 report which offered recommendations on how the mega-region can serve as a global model for sustainable growth.
With new analysis from Boston Consulting Group, the report and forum examined challenges faced by today’s high-growth mega-regions associated with maximizing opportunity while managing environmental impact, the availability of affordable housing and congestion. Forum participants explored a bold approach to sustainable growth in Cascadia which proposed building hub cities on underdeveloped lands and connecting them to the larger centers via high-speed transit.
This report and forum examine how the Cascadia region can sustainably manage its growth while continuing to elevate its global significance as a center for opportunity, inclusivity, innovation and investment. Cascadia can build a more sustainable future and set a global example by being the first to address these challenges with a cohesive, mega-regional approach to growth.
Innovating International Travel, co-hosted by Dr. Laurie Trautman of Western Washington University and Matt Morrison of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Co-chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s sub-committee on efficient cross-border movement. As we collectively manage the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our region, Cascadia is well-positioned to provide leadership and build confidence in the development of new, safe global standards for international travel. The first of our virtual forums explored how the assets and ongoing pilot projects in the Cascadia region can be levered to create new solutions and the opportunity for border regions to help craft international health preclearance protocols.
– 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
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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2019
Cascadia Innovation Corridor Pursues Bold Vision for the Future
April 25, 2018
Seaplane service offered between Seattle, Vancouver
February 21, 2018
September 19, 2017
Vancouver, Seattle seek closer ties to cultivate capital
September 12, 2017
Downtown Seattle could soon be a quick seaplane flight from Vancouver
On Reflection: Creating the Corridor
March 16, 2017
B.C. to spend $300,000 to study high-speed link with Seattle
September 21, 2016
Airlines aim for Seattle-to-Vancouver seaplane service