Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum: Connecting the Cascadia Corridor

Event Description

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.

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Community on Friday, October 9th is hosting their second virtual forum of the series: Connecting the Cascadia Corridor, co-hosted by Kevin Desmond, CEO of Translink and Paula Hammond, SVP at WSP USA, Co-chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s sub-committee on housing, transportation, and connectivity.

Speakers include:

  • Alan Hart, Founding Principal, VIA Architecture
  • Kate Joncas, Director, Urban Strategy and Development, MIG
  • Gov. Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle, Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor and former Governor, Washington State
  • Greg D'Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of B.C. and Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor

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Also, mark your calendars for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor's upcoming virtual forums in 2020/2021, hosted by members of the steering committee, which will explore a number of the committee's focus areas. Registration will open in the coming weeks:

  • October 27: Wildfires and Urban Smoke, hosted by Higher Education and Research Co-chairs
  • November 20: Local Farms, COVID-19 and the Future of Sustainability, hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Co-chairs
  • January 2021 (Date TBD): Hosted by Life Sciences Co-chairs

To learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, visit

  • Location:Online via Microsoft Teams (link will follow to registered participants)
  • Date: Friday, October 09, 2020
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am