Vancouver Sun: Cascadia leaders to 'swing for the fences' on problems facing region, world


When political and business leaders from B.C., Washington state and Oregon gather this week in Seattle, their agenda will include some lofty subjects, everything from revolutionizing how global trade is conducted to curing cancer.

The Pacific Northwest is “an ecosystem that now, up-and-down the coast, has some of the world’s biggest companies, some of the world’s most progressive approaches to policy, and has been the birthplace of both environmental activism and social-policy activism that the rest of the world now takes for granted,” said Greg D’Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of B.C.

“Those things were all happening because of the entrepreneurial spirit and, frankly, the innovation and leadership capacity the people of the Pacific Northwest hold,” D’Avignon said. “So why wouldn’t we be the place that goes and swings for the fences for those other next-generation opportunities?”

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