Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, will be attending the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference today in Vancouver.
Among B.C. Premier, Christy Clark, the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, and Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadellaare, will also be in attendance.
The conference will have a heavy focus on increasing connections between Vancouver and Seattle, with talks about “education, the workforce, health care, transportation and natural resources”, according to CBC.
Organized by the Business Council of British Columbia, the conference will hopefully allow for our province to establish a better link to places like Seattle, in order to work closely as one region.
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Economic Development Minister told reporters that we need to “recognize that we live in a globally connected world.” With global companies becoming local competitors, Bains emphasized that having a stronger connection to the U.S. will create more networks.
The conference will also focus on how immigration is the key to innovation, and by investing in institutions and research funding, “the best and brightest” will be attracted to Canada to help us grow as a whole.
He stressed that immigrants will not be taking precedence over Canadians in the workplace.
The conference comes after the government took some slack for loosening immigration rules, making it easier for Microsoft’s new Excellence Centre in Vancouver to hire foreigners.
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