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Third Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference (October 10)

On October 9-10th, 2018, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brought 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.

Regional, national and international experts engaged 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. The conference focused on:

• Showcase progress made over the past year

• Celebrate new partnerships and initiatives

• Chart a path forward for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Speakers included:

Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, BCBC; Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle; Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster; Mary Snapp, CVP of Microsoft Philanthropies; Richard Florida, International Best-Selling Author, Professor & Urbanist; Charles Hayes, Former CEO, Research Triangle Park; Katherine Dhanani, Consul General of the US in Vancouver; Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle; Premier John Horgan, British Columbia; Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State; Heather Redman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Flying Fish; Gerri Sinclair, Kensington Partners; Gina Phillips, General Manager, WeWork Northwest

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.