High-growth companies debate allure of Vancouver

Business In Vancouver | Tyler Orton 

Vancouver – the weather is mild, the mountains are beautiful, and it keeps landing on global top-10 lists.

Then again, it’s Vancouver – a relatively small outpost on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where the talent pool is sometimes limited and the cost of living is high.

Panellists at the Vancouver Board of Trade’s B.C. Tech Forum swung back and forth on a rainy morning March 20 about the merits of headquartering their high-growth companies on the West Coast.

Axine Water Technologies CEO Jonathan Rhone told the roughly 400 people inside the Westin Bayshore’s Grand Ballroom that he appreciates the access to young talent coming from top universities in the region.

“A big grief in our sector, though, is the ability for us to recruit people from outside [B.C.],” he said.

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