Statement from Mayor Robertson on TED Conference coming to Vancouver 2014
The world-renowned TED Conference moving to Vancouver is great news for our tourism industry and validation of our work to make our city a world leader in sustainability and innovation.
TED talks are known around the world for being a source of inspiration, innovation and an opportunity to rethink some of our most pressing challenges. Millions of people watch the talks in person and online. Having the TED organizers choose Vancouver as their new home is a big vote of confidence in the creative entrepreneurs, social innovators and community leaders who make Vancouver a leading-edge city.
The City is proud to have excellent partners in the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre that worked hard to support the TED Conference coming to Vancouver. We will work with TED and our sponsors to ensure the conference is a success and that we enable a variety of spin-off events to capitalize on being the host city. We look forward to welcoming TED here in 2014 and showing them everything Vancouver has to offer.
The annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Long Beach, California hosts global thought leaders in science, business, the arts, and global issues. Past TED speakers include Former President Bill Clinton, Apple founder Steve Jobs, Huffington Post CEO Arianna Huffington, New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Vancouver’s Wade Davis.