They say it’s all about Technology, Entertainment and Design and the TED 2015 conference, themed Truth and Dare, is the second of a three-year commitment to Vancouver.
Says the TED website: “This week in Vancouver, thinkers, dreamers and mavericks meet at TED2015 to talk about our world — and what’s coming next.” Headliners include Bill Gates and Monica Lewinsky.
I dared to find out the truth of what, if anything, TED is paying to use the Vancouver Convention Centre for its high-priced thinkfest (tickets: $8,500!). Initially, B.C. Pavilion Corporation wanted to give me nothing. I pushed it to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. PavCo coughed up the document below, but you can see it is still withholding the most-important parts of the contract.
TED and PavCo might be dreaming if they think they can keep the contract secret forever. PavCo is the same maverick, public-owned company that operates B.C. Place Stadium, home of the B.C. Lions. After more than three-and-a-half years, the OIPC ordered PavCo to release the Canadian Football League team’s entire contract by April 21. Read about that in my story for The Tyee.