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We are pleased to announce the details
for the Cascadia Innovation Conference 2018!


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If you’d like to get your organization visibility with private and public sector leaders on both sides of the border, consider becoming a sponsor of this event. For more details, email info@cascadiaconference.com.

About

The 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's your chance 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. This year's conference will:

  • Showcase progress made over the past year
  • Celebrate new partnerships and initiatives
  • Chart a path forward for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

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 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference is an important step in that process.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

Agenda

Summary Agenda for the 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

Objective: In the spirit of unity that the Peace Arch symbolizes, bringing business, government and academic leaders together to identify and pursue initiatives that will drive regional growth and foster international collaboration.


Tuesday, October 9

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Cascadia Connect
A B2B matchmaking event hosted by the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Economic Commission
Pre-registration required


3:30pm – 5:00pm

Post-Secondary Education Idea-thon
(optional pre-conference session)


5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, October 10

7:30am

Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:00am

Opening Remarks – A Vision for Cascadia
Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, BCBC
Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle


8:20am

Building on Cascadia’s Technology Strengths
Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster


8:40am

Empowering a Future for the Cascadia Corridor
Mary Snapp, CVP of Microsoft Philanthropies


9:10am

The Creative Class and the Future of Cascadia
Richard Florida, International Best-Selling Author, Professor & Urbanist


9:50am

Networking Break


10:10am

Building Successful Regional Economic Partnerships
Charles Hayes, Former CEO of Research Triangle Park


10:40am

A Cross-Border Partnership Centuries in the Making

  • • Katherine Dhanani, Consul General of the US in Vancouver
  • • Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle
  • • Moderated by Bill Tam, Co-Founder and VP, Business Development & Partnerships, Digital Technology Supercluster

11:10am

Flash Talks in 6 Key Areas:

  • • Life Sciences
    • Steve Davis, CEO, PATH
  • • Financial & Retail Innovation
    • David Labistour, CEO, MEC
  • • Transportation, Housing & Connectivity
    • Kate Joncas, PlaceStrategic Consulting
  • • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Dr. Chad Kruger, Washington State University
  • • Transformative Technologies (AI, VR/MR, Cloud)
    • Edoardo de Martin, General Manager, Microsoft Vancouver
  • • Post-Secondary Education & Research
    • Vikram Jandhyala, co-CEO, GIX

12:00pm

Networking Break/Transition to Lunch


12:15pm

Lunch: Fireside Chat with Elected Leadership

  • • Premier John Horgan, British Columbia
  • • Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State
  • • Moderated by Sue Paish

1:30pm

Venture Capital – Enabling Innovation in the Cascadia Corridor

  • • Heather Redman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Flying Fish
  • • Gerri Sinclair, Kensington Partners
  • • Moderated by Gina Phillips, General Manager, WeWork Northwest

2:00pm

Transition to Idea-thon Sessions


2:10pm

Idea-thon Sessions
Participate in collaborative workshops to strategize next steps to grow in key areas in the Cascadia Corridor:

  • • Life Sciences
  • • Financial & Retail Innovation
  • • Transportation, Housing & Connectivity
  • • Sustainable Agriculture
  • • Transformative Technologies (AI, VR/MR, Cloud)

3:50pm

Report Out & Next Steps


4:15pm

Closing Reception
Join us for champagne and light hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the progress we have made!


5:15pm

Conference Concludes


Speakers

Premier John Horgan, British Columbia

John Horgan

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Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State

Jay Inslee

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Katherine S. Dhanani

Katherine S. Dhanani is a career Foreign Service Officer. Her most recent assignments were in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and in the Bureau of African Affairs’ Office of Regional and Security Affairs. Before returning to Washington in 2013, she served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India.

Katherine S. Dhanani

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Brandon A. Lee

Mr. Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, with accreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Brandon A. Lee

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Richard Florida

Writer, journalist and one of the world’s leading urbanists, Richard Florida is serving as University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a Visiting Fellow at Florida International University.

Richard Florida

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Charles Hayes

Previously serving as president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership for two decades, Charles Hayes is an expert in tactical and strategic economic development and public policy.

Charles Hayes

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Sue Paish

Sue Paish is a recognized community and business leader who previously served as President and CEO of LifeLabs, leading them through one of the most significant periods of growth. She is currently the CEO of Canada's Digital Supercluster and Chair at the Business Council of British Columbia.

Sue Paish

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Heather Redman

Heather is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies.

Heather Redman

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Gerri Sinclair

Dr. Gerri Sinclair is a Kensington Managing Director and the leader of the Vancouver office, where she serves as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee for their venture capital funds.

Gerri Sinclair

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Gina Phillips

Gina Phillips is General Manager | Northwest at WeWork.

Gina Phillips

FAQs


What time is the conference?

The conference takes place on Wednesday, October 10th, with an opening reception on the evening of Tuesday, October 9th. On Tuesday, conference check-in opens at 2:00 PM for early badge pick-up during pre-event sessions and the reception. On Wednesday, the conference begins with a breakfast keynote address at 7:30 AM, and concludes with a lunch wrap-up keynote address ending at 4:00 PM.

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How do I purchase my ticket?

Please register and complete payment through the Cascadia Innovation Conference registration site. After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email and a receipt. To complete your registration go to our registration site.

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How do members of the press register?

If you are a member of the press, please contact info@cascadiaconference.com to get registered.

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Interested in sponsorship opportunities?

Sponsorships are available for both Canadian and US companies. For additional details, please contact info@cascadiaconference.com.

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How much does the event cost?

$400 CAD

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What is included in the event?

Your registration includes entry to all conference events on the agenda. Additionally, we an evening reception on Tuesday, October 9th, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, October 10th. Hotel accommodations are not included in your registration.

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What is the agenda for the conference?

Full agenda will be released as we draw closer to the event. Continue to check back for details.

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Can I reserve hotel accommodations?

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. If you’d like to reserve a room, you may do so through the registration website. All reservations must be requested before 3:00pm Pacific Time on Monday, September 24, 2018. After this date, space and rates are based on availability. Rooms are subject to availability so please book early to guarantee your room.

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What restaurants do you recommend for dinner?

Vancouver is known for a remarkable culinary scene.
Click here to view recommendations.

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Looking for things to do while you are in Vancouver?

Located in the heart of downtown, you’ll find it easy to take a stroll through Stanley Park, explore the colorful streets of Chinatown or shop on fashionable Robson Street. If family is in tow, go catch a game at Rogers Arena or BC Place, explore museums, or take a ferry boat to Granville Island.
Vancouver attractions

RESOURCES

2017 CASCADIA CORRIDOR MATERIALS

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Agenda
Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

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New partnerships advance the Cascadia Innovation Corridor
New cross-border initiatives to connect Washington state and British Columbia.

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Seattle Times Coverage

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BCG Powerpoint

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International Peace Arch

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Cascadia Innovation Corridor Highlights

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Cascadia - The New Cross-border Partnership

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Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

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Mixed Reality and Cross-Border Collaboration

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Today in Technology: The border that has an arch instead of a wall
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft

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

Suzanne Choney, Writer, Microsoft

2017 CASCADIA CORRIDOR LIVESTREAM

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2016 CASCADIA CORRIDOR MATERIALS

New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor

British Columbia and Washington leaders come together to strengthen collaboration, create cross-border opportunity

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, September 20, 2016 – The creation of a new global hub for innovation and economic development is the focus of a conference being held today in Vancouver. 

The Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings together business and government leaders to explore the potential for joint partnerships in education, transportation, university research, human capital and other areas. The conference is 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. 

At the conference, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a formal agreement that committed the two governments to work closely together to "enhance meaningful and results-driven innovation and collaboration." The agreement outlines formal steps the two governments will take to collaborate in several key areas including trade, research, transportation and education.

In addition, the BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to develop a new "master collaboration agreement" expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities for young scientists and researchers.

Seattle and Vancouver, the two cities at the heart of the new initiative, share a number of complementary strengths. These include a high quality of life, diverse communities, skilled and well-educated workforces, and strong economic and social ties to Asia. And yet, according to a new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study released at the conference, the level of connectedness between the two cities remains remarkably low for two cities so close together. While only 120 miles or 190 kilometers apart they behave more like cities that are thousands of miles apart. [Read More...]

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White Paper
Better Together: The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Opportunity
The Boston Consulting Group

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Working Paper
Cascadia High-Speed Rail Opportunity
David J Carol, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

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White Paper:
Innovation for Jobs and Productivity:
Fostering High-Growth BC Businesses, Creating More High-Paying Jobs
Jock Finlayson, Business Council of British Columbia

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Conference Partner News Release [PDF]
New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor

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Province of British Columbia and Washington State Memorandum of Understanding
News Release: Province of British Columbia
News Release: Washington State

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Blog: An idea whose time has come: A new Cascadia Innovation Corridor connecting Vancouver and Seattle
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft

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NEW BLOG: Next Generation Washington: Our perspective on this year's state legislative agenda (Includes update on Cascadia Corridor Initiative)
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
January 12, 2017

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