Attracting Innovators to the World’s Best Place to Live
Nestled in southwest British Columbia, Canada, and surrounded by majestic mountains, mature forests and miles of beaches, it’s no wonder Vancouver is attracting the next generation of innovators and is often touted as one of the world’s best places to live.
Vancouver’s year-round moderate climate lends to an active lifestyle where cycling to work is commonplace. Bike friendly paths line the city, golf can be enjoyed all year round and skiing is only a 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Qu’s offices and laboratory are on one of the city’s many bike paths and are a short walk from bus stops and SkyTrain, the city’s light rail system.
Recognized as a clean and safe city, Vancouver attracts an estimated nine million visitors a year. First-rate community centres are accessible from all parts of the city, a legacy that followed hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition to the local skiing offered, some of the best skiing at Whistler Mountain Resort is a two hour drive north of Vancouver. Neighbouring city Seattle in the United States is only a 2.5 hour drive south of Vancouver.
The population of Vancouver and its surrounding area is nearly 2.5 million. Transportation in the region includes buses, a light rail system (SkyTrain) and short distance passenger ferries (SeaBus).
A collaboration of scientific talent
Commercial success in the life sciences community in British Columbia can be attributed to the strong collaborative approach amongst the universities, research agencies, government and industry. Federal and provincial government grants help to support early-stage scientific innovation. The University of British Columbia boasts top-tier research which has spurred many new technologies for development and the spin-off of more than 125 new life science companies. Vancouver is also recognized as one of the top life sciences clusters globally. In a recent report by JLL, Vancouver was named to the report’s Global Watch List: 10 Cities in the Spotlight.
Stanley Park is a natural rainforest in the heart of Vancouver
Vancouver is home to Stanley Park, a 1,001-acre natural rainforest in Downtown Vancouver, which attracts 8 million visitors a year and was recently named the “Top Park in the World” by TripAdvisor. A 10 kilometre seawall wraps around the park giving visitors some of the best views of the city.
Vancouver is home to culturally diverse dining
Foodies love the culinary diversity offered in Vancouver. As a Pacific Rim city, fresh seafood and Asian-inspired dishes make up a westcoast menu. A multicultural city, Vancouver is a mecca of food stops – there’s something for everyone.
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