Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to travel with business delegation to London
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson will be travelling to London this week as part of a $100,000 business mission with local green technology and creative companies.
Robertson will take part in the delegation with more than 25 local companies, with the goal of recruiting investment from the U.K and other businesses gathering in London during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
“My focus is all on business, and making sure we can attract jobs and investment back to Vancouver, and use the London games as a marketplace that we can access,” the mayor told reporters outside of Vancouver City Hall today (August 1).
The trip will cost the mayor’s office about $10,000, and another $90,000 will be covered by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). The companies participating in the mission will each be paying their own travel and accommodation expenses.
Robertson said the city’s focus is on the creative industries, including digital media and digital effects, and on the green economy and clean technology companies.
“Those are the two sectors where there’s the most interest from off-shore companies moving to Vancouver to locate, investors looking at Vancouver businesses to invest in,” he said.
The mayor’s office said Robertson and his chief of staff Mike Magee will not be attending any Olympic events while in London, and are sharing a hotel room to keep costs down. Other municipal officials travelling to London include city manager Penny Ballem.
The VEC will be partnering with the federal government to use Canada House in London as a venue for business meetings and for hosting events.
Companies participating in the London business mission, which takes place August 3rd and 4th, are: Allscenes Media, Disney, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Brightlight Pictures, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, Corvus Energy, Fenix Energy, Waste to Energy Canada, Goldtooth Creative Agency, Incognito Software Inc., Layer 7 Technologies, Ostara, Overinteractive Media, PNI Digital Media, Recombo, Reunion Pictures, SMART Pics, StratusCore Inc., StructureCraft Builders Inc., TradableBits Media Inc., TSO Logic Inc., Wyley Interactive, Xomo Digital, Fraser Milner Casgrain, LLP, and Spectrum HR Law LLP.
Other B.C. organizations taking part in the mission including B.C. Film and Media, the University of British Columbia, and the B.C. Technology Industry Association.