OUR WORK: CASCADIA INNOVATION CORRIDOR

"Working together, we can build a globally competitive 21st century innovation corridor that connects and enhances both regions. This is a unique opportunity that can create benefits for people throughout the region for generations to come."

-Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft 

REIMAGINING CIVIC PARTNERSHIPS TO ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

As a region, we have strengths that are the envy of the world—dynamic companies, world-leading research institutions, unsurpassed physical beauty. Seattle offers a combination you won't find anywhere else: a game-changing drive to innovate, a richly diverse cultural scene, and an inspiring spirit of shared pride. 

We are working to combine these winning ingredients in new ways—leveraging the talent, resources, and expertise of our region’s public, private, and non-profit institutions to strengthen our civic fabric and ensure that our entire region thrives. By working together in innovative ways, we can ensure economic opportunity, good jobs, and a high quality of life to our residents for generations to come. 
 

A public-private effort led by Challenge Seattle and the Business Council of British Columbia, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Partnership will:

  • Facilitate cross-border knowledge exchange.

  • Jointly advance and integrate our common infrastructure needs.

  • Support strategies that accelerate the Pacific Northwest economy.

  • Create an innovative ecosystem that attracts capital and the world’s top talent.

  • Build a network of connected people, companies, capital, universities, colleges, and researchers.

Learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.

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BY 2021, WE WILL POSITION CASCADIA AS A GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB IN:
LIFE SCIENCES
TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
RETAIL INNOVATIONS
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
WE WILL DEVELOP WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS A STRONG CROSS-BORDER ECONOMY:
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, & CONNECTIVITY
BEST & DIVERSE TALENT
HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
EFFICIENT CROSS-BORDER MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE & GOODS
Life Sciences Bios

Steve Davis

President & CEO, PATH

Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, is a social innovator and global health problem-solver who has been both a human rights lawyer and internet pioneer. Before joining PATH, Steve was director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, CEO of the global digital media firm Corbis, and interim director of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Steve is a lecturer on social innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member of InterAction. He is a trustee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Challenge, serves on the stakeholder advisory panel for the global insurance and asset management firm AXA, and is a member of Medtronic Labs’ advisory board.

Lesley Esford

Lifesciences Expert

Michael Schutzler

??, Washington Technology Industry Association

Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, is a social innovator and global health problem-solver who has been both a human rights lawyer and internet pioneer. Before joining PATH, Steve was director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, CEO of the global digital media firm Corbis, and interim director of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Steve is a lecturer on social innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member of InterAction. He is a trustee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Challenge, serves on the stakeholder advisory panel for the global insurance and asset management firm AXA, and is a member of Medtronic Labs’ advisory board.

Edo De Martin

Director, Microsoft Vancouver

Transformative Technologies Bios

Debbi Hartley-Triesch

SVP NW Regional Manager, Nortdstrom

Debbi Hartley-Triesch is the Senior Vice President, Northwest Regional Manager at Nordstrom where she helps support the stores with the ultimate goal of creating a unique shopping experience for the Nordstrom customer. Debbi began her career with Nordstrom in 1989 as a salesperson and for the past 29 years has held numerous management jobs such as Department Manager, Buyer and National Beauty Director. In her previous assignment as a Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager she had the opportunity to develop the beauty strategy for the Vancouver store opening back in 2015 spending time getting to know the specific needs of the retail business in this market. 

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Retail Innovations Bios

Chad Kruger

Director, Western Washington, CSANR, WSU

Chad Kruger directs WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, the Puyallup Research & Extension Center, and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he completed an M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has served on the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup; the 2010 Washington State Climate Change Working Lands Technical Advisory Group; the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel; the Northwest Regional Biocarbon Initiative, and was a Commissioner on the Douglas County Water Conservancy Board. He is currently a member of the Washington Department of Natural Resources Expert Council on Climate Change, a steering committee member for the USDA Northwest Climate Hub, a board member for the Northwest Ag Business Center, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Northwest Environmental Forum. He was raised in Washington State and has family roots in agriculture in both Eastern (wheat and cattle near Spokane) and Western Washington (berries in Whatcom County).

 

Honors and Awards: WSU Earth, Ecosystem and Society Fellow (2012-2014), WSU CAHNRS Interdisciplinary Team Award (2011); USDA NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models (2009); WSU Extension Big Cat Award (2007)   Areas of interest: agriculture and climate change, agricultural energy, water for agriculture, farm and food waste management

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Sustainable Agriculture Bios

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