Cascadia Innovation Corridor
Virtual Forums
Fall 2020

 

In lieu of a 2020 in-person conference, we are pleased to present a series of virtual forums bringing the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Community together to continue strengthening 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.

Regards,

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

ABOUT

The 2020 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.

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL FORUMS

October 27 

Wildfires and urban smoke know no borders – A cross-border collaboration on research and management approaches: On October 27th, join with forestry management researchers, government officials, conservationists and academics from all along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.A. for this timely discussion on wildfires and urban smoke.  The conversation will canvas 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. (Additional details below)

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November 20 (New Date)

Local Farms, COVID-19 and the Future of Sustainability, hosted by Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean of UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Co-chair of Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s sub-committee on sustainable agriculture.

Registration details coming soon.

2021 Date TBA

Life Sciences in Cascadia, co-hosted by Dr. David Grossman, National Senior Medical Director for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente and Lesley Esford, Life Sciences industry expert, Co-chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor sub-committee on life sciences.

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OCTOBER 27
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wildfire and Urban Smoke Know No Borders

 

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In 2018, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor sub-committee on Higher Education and Research established a cross-border working group on Wildfires and Urban Smoke with seven research universities in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Now with the intensity of 2020’s wildfires and urban smoke smashing all records throughout the West Coast, the existence of this Working Group becomes a more significant regional asset.

On October 27th, join with forestry management researchers, government officials, conservationists and academics from all along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.A. for this timely discussion on wildfires and urban smoke.  The conversation will canvas 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.

AGENDA

10:00 am – Welcome

  • Gov. Christine Gregoire, Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor

10:05 am – Overview: Higher education and research excellence in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

  • Gail Murphy, Vice President, Research and Innovation, University of British Columbia  & Co-Chair of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Sub-committee on Higher Education and Research Excellence

10:10 am – Introductions and agenda overview

  • Jonathan Fink, Professor of Geology, Portland State University, Visiting Professor of Urban Analytics, University of British Columbia

10:20 am – 11:05: Wildfire & urban smoke flash talks

  • Part 1: Balancing complex wildfire risks, forest management and human health
    • The balancing act of restoring Cascadia’s forests
      • Ryan Haugo, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon
    • Translating the science of wildfires to society
      • Chris Bone, Associate Professor in Geography, University of Victoria
    • Wildfire’s contributions to carbon emissions
      • Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Services, Natural Resources Canada
    • The health effects of wildfire smoke
      • Michael Brauer, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia
  • Part 2: Preparing for and mitigating the impacts of wildfire
    • Probabilities of wildfires in the wet forests west of the Cascades
      • Brian Harvey, Assistant Professor, Schol of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
    • How the BC Wildfire Service assists the public and government agencies
      • Natasha Broznitsky, Research and Innovation Officer, BC Wildfire Service
    • Municipal water contamination by wildfires
      • Erica Fischer, PHD, PE, Assistant Professor of Civil Construction Engineering, Oregon State University
    • WIFIRE: The future of wildfire monitoring
      • Jessica Block, Research Analyst, Calit2, University of California, San Diego

11:05 am – Audience discussion

  • Moderated by Jonathan Fink, Professor of Geology, Portland State University, Visiting Professor of Urban Analytics, University of British Columbia
  • Please use the chat function to pose your questions

11:20 – Closing remarks

    • Greg D’Avignon, Co-chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor

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PAST CONFERENCES & EVENTS

2020 Virtual Forums

October 9

On October 9th, the Cascadia community came together for a conversation on the opportunities presented in the 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.

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September 15   

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.

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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

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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