BC Showcase also featured multinationals

The provincial government allowed General Electric Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to host several private and one media event at its BC Showcase during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In an interview, a spokesperson for the ministry of small business, technology and economic development explained the government invited all of the Olympic sponsors and supplier to use that space at no cost. But the two firms were the only companies that took them up on that offer. General Electric hosted two events. The first was a media reception showing off its partnership with independent power producer Plutonic Power Corporation Inc. The second was a private luncheon for guests of the company's healthcare unit - which sells medical imaging and information technologies. Among the unit's most prominent provincial clients: Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, which purchased $30 million worth of equipment from the company in 2008.

As for Sun Microsystems - which was bought by Oracle Corp. on January 27, 2010 - the computer technology firm had two private get-togethers for its executives and guests at the BC Showcase. The events were disclosed by the government as part of a 216-page report on its 2010 integrated hosting program - which was meant to promote the province's core industries and investment opportunities during the Games.

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