Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum: Innovating International Travel

Event Description

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Community on Tuesday, September 15th held the first event in their fall 2020 virtual forum series: Innovating International Travel, co-hosted by Dr. Laurie Trautman of Western Washington University and Matt Morrison of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region and Co-chairs of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor's sub-committee on efficient cross-border movement.

Cross-border collaboration and international travel will support economic recovery in the Cascadia Corridor and for our respective countries. While the rapid adoption of new digital platforms enables ongoing collaboration, cross-border travel continues to be limited.

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. How can border regions help craft international health preclearance protocols? How can the assets of the Cascadia region be leveraged to create new solutions?

The first of our virtual forums featured conversations among the region's industry and academic leaders who explored these topics and the role of innovation in a safe economic recovery.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Laurie Trautman, Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University
  • Matt Morrison, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)
  • Dr. Chris Sands, Director, Woodrow Wilson Canada Centre
  • Solomon Wong, President and CEO, InterVISTAS
  • Gerry Bruno, Co-Chair, Future Borders Coalition and Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle
  • Greg D'Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia

This event is now viewable online on YouTube:

Also, mark your calendars for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor's upcoming virtual forums, 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 9: Hosted by the Transportation, Housing and Connectivity Co-chairs
  • Mid-November: Hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Co-chairs
  • January: Hosted by Life Sciences Co-chairs

To learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor steering committee members and focus areas visit

  • Location:Online via Microsoft Teams (link will follow to registered participants)
  • Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am