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Barack Obama to speak at BC event in March

A former president of the United States is coming to speak at a BC business event.

Barack Obama, the 44th man to hold the highest office south of the border, will appear at a convention in Vancouver on March 5.

He has been booked by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade for a late afternoon event at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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Earlier in the same day, Obama will speak to an audience in Calgary.

Iain Black, CEO and trade president of the board of trade in Greater Vancouver, said: "It is an honour for our organization to host one of the most respected world leaders in recent history, in light of his lifelong dedication to principled diplomacy and creating a more equal society.”

Tickets will be offered to board members first, but if there are any remaining afterwards they will be made available to the public on Feb. 1.

The event has been billed as a conversation with the first African-American to serve as leader of the United States.

Board chair Lori Mathison said BC business leaders have repeatedly called for Obama to speak in the province, adding that he is "quite possibly the most coveted speaker in the world”.

Tickets to Obama’s Calgary speech at the Saddledome are already on sale.

With files from the Canadian Press

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