Virtual Forum: Cascadia's Transformative Tech: Innovating Across Borders

Event Description

The 2021 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 region has a deeply rooted reputation as a hotspot for tech and innovation from aerospace to personal computers to gaming, cloud computing and virtual reality. Today, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is a global cluster of tech talent and capital and has grown leading firms in quantum computing, blockchain and augmented reality.

All of these technologies serve a global – and local – client base and enable innovative solutions and economic growth across sectors including agriculture, resource development, life sciences and transportation.

On Wednesday, June 2nd, join with the Cascadia Innovation Corridor community for a virtual conversation with tech leaders whose firms exemplify the benefits and opportunities created by the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. Together, we will explore how quantum, blockchain and augmented reality are defining the region, how these technologies are supporting our traditional sectors and the environment, and how they are influencing the workplace as we transition through the pandemic.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrew Chrostowski, Chairman and CEO, RealWear
  • Mickey Maher, Senior Vice President, Partnerships, Dapper Labs
  • Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Founder and Chief Quantum Officer, Photonic Inc.
  • Ray Walia, CEO, Launch Ventures
  • Pamela Saunders, Public Relations and Social Impact, Microsoft Vancouver and Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor Sub-Committee on Technology
  • Governor Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle and Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor
  • Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia and Co-Chair, Cascadia Innovation Corridor

To learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, visit

  • Location:Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2021
  • Time: 9:00am - 10:30am