Vancouver Mayor To Highlight Pulse Energy’s Success at European Conference
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson gave a preview of his keynote address to the New Cities Foundation next week. The international convention, hosted in Paris, will hear about the city’s work with leading technology companies, including Cisco Systems and Vancouver-based Pulse Energy.
From The Globe and Mail:
Vancouver mayor heads to Europe to share secrets of success
By Frances Bula, May 10, 2012
Vancouver and its mayor will be the stars at an international convention in Paris next week that touts the city as the entrepreneurial, high-tech model for the new urbanism of the 21st century.
With his way paid to Paris by a recently created organization that gets money from both non-profit groups and corporations hoping to sell new technologies to those cities, Mayor Gregor Robertson will be delivering the keynote address at the New Cities Foundation with a message about his “entrepreneurial approach to running a city.”
“I’ll be telling the Vancouver story about partnership with the private sector to accelerate adoption of new technologies,” Mr. Robertson said on the eve of his departure for the first-ever conference of the foundation.
He is also the only politician on the foundation’s board, which includes everyone from noted architect Daniel Libeskind to executives of such major corporations as GE, Ericsson and Cisco.
Mr. Robertson said Vancouver is pushing to become the world’s greenest city and to transform itself into a hub for green jobs by working with private companies in two ways.
One is by partnering with global companies that have new technologies to offer. For example, Vancouver has a partnership with Cisco and local company Pulse Energy to try out new energy-management software in city buildings.