Barack Obama to speak at Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Former U.S. president will be in the city a few weeks before his wife's own speaking engagement in Vancouver

Barack Obama is taking a cue from wife Michelle Obama and booking a date in Vancouver.

The former U.S. president will address the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) March 5.

The GVBOT revealed January 17 that the event, A Conversation with President Barack Obama, will be hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 4:30 p.m.

“At this moment in history, President Obama is quite possibly the most coveted speaker in the world. Repeatedly, his name has topped our member surveys as the individual that B.C. business leaders most want to hear from,” GVBOT chairwoman Lori Mathison said in a statement.

Tickets for the event go on sale for GVBOT members on January 25.

Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on February 1.

It’s not immediately clear how much tickets will cost.

But tickets for Michelle Obama’s March 21st appearance at Rogers Arena start at $243 (including taxes and fees) on Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.’s website and run as high as $923.

Update: A GVBOT spokesman tells Business in Vancouver there will be range of prices available for the Barack Obama appearance with the starting price set at $199.

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