The 3rd largest city in British Columbia, Burnaby sits east of Vancouver and was incorporated in 1892, whilst achieving city status in 1992. The heart of the city is a freshwater lake and the city's urban growth has been attributed to the fact that it's a transportation link between Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the interior. Basically a bedroom community for those who work in Vancouver and Richmond, its urban sprawl is a mass of "mid-century Vernacular" homes that were put up to cope with the ever-increasing population. It's also home to many industrial and commercial firms and its ratio of parkland to residents is one of the highest in North America, which translates to "you have plenty of room to put down a picnic rug and have it all to yourself". Coworking venues have become the hangout place for its locals who have no desire to catch public transport to go to the big smoke to earn a living.
Canada is being touted as the business world's best-kept secret especially in the fields of artificial intelligence, clean technology and health care. Today it's competing on a global stage and is a major destination for commercial investment. The government is empowering new companies by hosting technology industry events featuring some of the world's best innovators and attracting international talent to work on world-changing innovations. The number of skilled foreign workers is skyrocketing and many scaling firms are actively hiring from overseas.
Burnaby may not be a tech hub per se, but it does sit in the region that is seeing a "brain-gain" rather than a "brain-drain" happening with students and scientists arriving in record numbers. The public and commercial sectors are supporting entrepreneurial communities via connecting them with the best academic institutions and businesses. Coworking venues are but one more space for the creatives to gather en masse in collaborative mode to get their stuff done with a grin on their faces.
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