Vancouver hopes to attract tens of millions of dollars in new business during the Games in a tent with recycled carpets and drapes made from used street banners.
The city lifted the flaps yesterday on Vancouver House, which it hopes will “shine a spotlight” on the city’s best and brightest green innovators and entrepreneurs, said Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“They will see that Vancouver means business — green business,” he said.
The pavilion, located within LiveCity Yaletown, will host meetings with business leaders from 70 companies as part of the multi-city initiative, Metro Vancouver Commerce.
The program is modelled on an initiative from Sydney, Australia, that attracted $3 billion worth of investment in the eight years following its Games. Robertson said Metro Vancouver Commerce is working on a smaller scale than the Sydney program.