The Future Is Cascadia

Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland have much in common: unsurpassed beauty; proximity to Asia; and market-leading capabilities in key economic sectors. By linking these cities, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor will create opportunity and prosperity beyond what they and their surrounding regions could achieve independently. Together, we can be the next global innovation ecosystem and a leader in solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. Together, we are the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

The Cascadia Vision

By maximizing the Greater Pacific Northwest’s competitive advantages and enhancing our position as a global hub of innovation and commerce, the vision of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is to become one innovative economic zone that generates a shared sense of identity and belonging as its centerpiece. With a focus on research, economic development and transportation, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is enhancing improved connectivity, productivity, health outcomes and innovation for the benefit of people living in the region, and beyond.

Building Cascadia

October 10

2018

WEST COAST WONDERS: B.C. & WASHINGTON CROSS BORDER SYNERGIES AND CONNECTIONS

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October 10

2018

WEST COAST WONDERS: B.C. & WASHINGTON CROSS BORDER SYNERGIES AND CONNECTIONS

This new report from the Business Council of British Columbia details strong regional growth in both British Columbia and Washington state, and provides new insights on the trading relationship between Washington and B.C. which is the solid foundation for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. See the report.

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October 10

2018

Regional Leaders Convene to Strengthen Canadian and US Cross-Border Ties in Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

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October 10

2018

Regional Leaders Convene to Strengthen Canadian and US Cross-Border Ties in Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

The third annual conference builds on cross-border connections over the past two years, including a Seattle to Vancouver seaplane service, ongoing feasibility studies of high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, collaboration among polytechnic institutions throughout Cascadia, and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative. See press release.

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September 13

2018

Announcing Cascadia’s binational steering committee.

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September 13

2018

Announcing Cascadia’s binational steering committee.

Bringing together regional experts who share a common vision: maturing the Cascadia Innovation Corridor into a single sustainable region, with a shared sense of identity, growth, employment and connectivity. View the full news release.

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August

2018

Report: The Future is Cascadia. Building Regional Competitiveness Cross Border Workshop

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August

2018

Report: The Future is Cascadia. Building Regional Competitiveness Cross Border Workshop

Facilitated by Simon Fraser University’s Public Square, key Cascadia Innovation Corridor partners and stakeholders came together for a half-day workshop on the future of the Cascadia region. View the full report.

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April 5

2018

New Daily Seaplane Service to Connect Seattle and Vancouver.

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April 5

2018

New Daily Seaplane Service to Connect Seattle and Vancouver.

“This new direct seaplane route between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. will be an important link in connecting the Cascadia Innovation Corridor,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft President. View the full news release.

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December 14

2017

Washington State conducts Ultra-High Speed Ground Transportation study.

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December 14

2017

Washington State conducts Ultra-High Speed Ground Transportation study.

Imagine traveling between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon in just a few hours. WSDOT is studying how ultra-high-speed ground transportation could make this concept a reality. Find out more.

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December 8

2017

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is launched.

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December 8

2017

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is launched.

Tech, research and investment partners from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest launched the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, which aims to match tech startups with funding and collaboration opportunities across borders. View the full news release.

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September

2017

The University of BC becomes member of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).

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September

2017

The University of BC becomes member of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).

GIX, a first-of-its kind graduate technology school in Bellevue, Washington that strives to develop leaders in innovation. The GIX was founded by the University of Washington and Tsinghua University with $40 million in support from Microsoft. Find out more.

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September 12

2017

Three Pacific Northwest Institutes of Technology Join Forces.

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September 12

2017

Three Pacific Northwest Institutes of Technology Join Forces.

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), and Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) will collaborate in multiple ways to leverage their extensive applied education offerings in high-demand STEM fields. View the full news release.

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September 12

2017

Second Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.

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September 12

2017

Second Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.

The conference was held in Seattle with a growing list of partners including Microsoft, the BC Tech Association, the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Tech Association. View the full agenda.

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September 10

2017

Seattle Times covers the 2017 Cascadia Conference.

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September 10

2017

Seattle Times covers the 2017 Cascadia Conference.

With messages from Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia and Brad Smith, President & CLO, Microsoft Corporation. Read the full feature.

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February 23

2017

Microsoft donates $1M to new cooperative of UW-UBC.

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February 23

2017

Microsoft donates $1M to new cooperative of UW-UBC.

The Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, a joint effort by the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington, will focus on using data to help local cities and communities in the region address challenges from traffic to homelessness. Read the full blog post.

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September 20

2016

Cross-border cancer research partnership formed.

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September 20

2016

Cross-border cancer research partnership formed.

The BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance form partnership, expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities. View the full news release.

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September 20

2016

The Province of British Columbia and Washington State sign MOU.

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September 20

2016

The Province of British Columbia and Washington State sign MOU.

In recognition of the long-standing special relationship between the Province of British Columbia, and the State of Washington, we jointly advance this Memorandum of Understanding to identify and define areas of future cooperation that will further innovation, enhance our partnership and support our mutual prosperity. Read the full MOU.

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September 20

2016

Report: Better Together: The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Opportunity.

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September 20

2016

Report: Better Together: The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Opportunity.

Boston Consulting Group delivers a report examining the opportunities to strengthen the global competitiveness of the Cascadia region by strengthening the connections between Seattle and Vancouver. Read the full report.

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September 20

2016

University of British Columbia and the University of Washington establish partnership.

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September 20

2016

University of British Columbia and the University of Washington establish partnership.

Partnership established between the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington. Read the full speech.

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September 20

2016

First Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.

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September 20

2016

First Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.

Business Council of British Columbia, Washington Roundtable and Microsoft co-host first annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver featuring Bill Gates. View the full news release.

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The Conference

COORDINATION. COLLABORATION. SYNERGY.
The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings 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.

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Cascadia Partners

Challenge Seattle and the Business Council of British Columbia have partnered together to realize the vision of Cascadia. Together the organizations have assembled the region’s top business, research and community leaders who share a common vision of maturing the Cascadia Innovation Corridor into a single sustainable region, with a shared sense of identity, growth, employment and connectivity.

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