Its post-secondary institutions funnel skilled techies into the region’s workforce.And the region is an obvious recruiting 18,750 “emerging” tech companies; British Columbia’s statistical agency tallied 9,010 established tech companies and 84,070 tech employees in the province in an April 2014 report.Many of these tech giants established outposts in Vancouver because of stalled immigration reform in the United States (where foreign nationals have been blocked from obtaining H-1B visas).Greater Vancouver is taking full advantage of its windfall: British Columbia boasts lower corporate tax rates than the United States, as well as lower personal income tax rates.
Bloedel Floral Conservatory A conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver; hosts 250 seated, 500-plus under tenting for a reception.
“We chose it because this is such an inspiring environment,” TED curator Chris Anderson says about the move, back in 2013.
“It is truly one of the world’s great cities, not just because of its beauty, but because it is walkable and forward-thinking, bursting with innovation.” Exactly.
SIGGRAPH, a prestigious computer graphics research forum with exhibitors from 60 countries, was held at Vancouver Convention Centre earlier this year, its second time in the city after a 2011 gathering.
Also this year, the multidisciplinary TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) flagship conference made Vancouver its home.
The Greater Vancouver region, with a population of 2.3 million, commonly encompasses the cities of Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody and White Rock.