Vancouver Pivots to Tech From Mining to Lead Canadian Growth

Vancouver's transformation from a 19th-century gold-rush and lumber town to a magnet for tech startups and animation design has made it the top-performing city in Canada. The city’s proximity to tech hubs in Seattle and San Francisco, where companies such as Google Inc. and Industrial Light & Magic are based, is attracting talent and investment in green technology, film-making and visual effects, allowing the former mining center to prosper even as commodity prices tumble, said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’re seeing capital flowing like never before, a startup ecosystem stronger than ever before, and a real buzz in creative industries that are coming of age.”

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