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Surrey Board of Trade, BC Innovation Council and Mitacs Partner to Present Commercialization Funding for Businesses

There is a wide-range of government and government-funded programs available that are supporting innovative companies across the province. Programs include:

  1. Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. WINN’s first intake resulted in support for 27 projects in western Canada, with 12 B.C. companies receiving over $8 million in funding commitments
  2. Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). The most recent BCIP call for proposals resulted in 72 pre-qualified innovations, with 9 innovations from B.C. companies
  3. Mitacs full suite of programs, which placed over 400 grad students and post-doc fellows in internships with B.C. companies over the last three years.

Businesses are invited to learn more about commercialization funding, and how these programs can help your business move its next great idea from the workbench to the marketplace.
Attend to learn more about:

·       The timeline for each program’s next call for proposals
·       Information on who is eligible to apply
·       The application and evaluation processes
·       What makes a strong proposal

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 15808 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Admission: Free
Register now


Surrey's Local Immigration Partnership Council Appoints Co-Chairs

Surrey’s newly formed “Local Immigration Partnership” (LIP) Council has appointed Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve and Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman as its co-chairs for the 2014-2016 termThe LIP Council has been tasked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to develop a strategy to strengthen the role of local communities in integrating newcomers 

“We want to ensure immigrants and refugees who chose to settle in Surrey lead successful and productive lives.  It is vital that all residents feel included and have opportunities to contribute and succeed, ” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Building on the City’s Welcoming Communities Project, the City is proud to provide leadership for this collaborative initiative with over 25 stakeholders and to partner with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).”


The City of Surrey signed a Contribution Agreement with CIC in March 2014 and will receive over $606,014 to establish a Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). Deliverables from 2014-2016 will include:


·         establishing a LIP Council;

·         conducting research and consultations; and

·         developing a Surrey Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Strategy and Action Plan.


“We are proud to collaborate with over 25 community stakeholders including the School District, Health Authority and our universities in the Local Immigration Partnership Project,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, who also chairs the City’s Social Policy Advisory Committee. “Together we will support the development of a coordinated and comprehensive approach to newcomer integration tailored to fit the unique needs of Surrey and further our goals as an inclusive and welcoming city.”


“Newcomers to Surrey often bring with them a wealth of knowledge, education, and skills, and it is to the city’s benefit to tap into these resources,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “The Local Immigration Partnership will examine not only how to make newcomers feel more welcome in our community, but how we can help prospective employers attract and retain these skilled employees into our workforce.”


Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Local Immigration Partnership program supports community-based planning around the needs of newcomers.  For more information about the Surrey LIP visit


Surrey Board of Trade Announces 2014 Environment and Business Awards Winners  

On Thursday, September 11th, the Surrey Board of Trade will present three winners with the Environment and Business Awards. The awards are presented to Surrey Board of Trade members or Surrey-based businesses that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental leadership and/or issues. The award recipients are guided by a sense of respect for the environment and demonstrate this initiative consistently. 
This year’s winners are:
Small Business – TBF Environmental Technology Inc.
Medium Business – Novex Delivery Solutions
Large Business – Guildford Town Centre
The Surrey Board of Trade will hand out the awards at its 8th Annual Environment and Business Awards Luncheon event featuring:

  • Waste Management Solutions Panel - Success and Challenges for Business - MMBC, Bylaw 280 and Organics Waste
  • Presentation by Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne - Green Surrey Program
  • Presentation of the Surrey Environment and Business Achievement Awards in 3 categories: Small Sized Business, Medium Sized Business and Large Sized Business

Date:  Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location:  Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 St. Surrey)
Time:  Lunch and Registration 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Program 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $40 + GST each (member) or $55 + GST each (non-member)
Presenting Sponsor: Stantec Consulting
Award Sponsors: Century Group and Levelton Consultants Ltd.
Media Sponsor: The Leader Newspaper
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New Partnership formed between Surrey Board of Trade and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters-BC

A three-year cooperation agreement has been signed by the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters – British Columbia (CME-BC). The agreement was signed on August 7th, in the presence of Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who was speaking to the Surrey Board of Trade at a business lunch.

CME and SBOT will collaborate to mutually support and fulfill both organizations’ mandates, which are complimentary and aligned to British Columbia, and more specifically Surrey’s manufacturing and exporting sectors.

Each organization will leverage each other’s resources and services to enhance their international trade, workplace/skills development, and government advocacy portfolios. In addition, promotion of initiatives like the Funding Portal and NRC’s Concierge service will be promoted to Surrey’s businesses as part of the joint efforts to enhance business competitiveness.

“As the Surrey Board of Trade builds its International Trade Centre, the Surrey Board of Trade is taking action to find opportunities to leverage international connections for both small and large businesses. The partnership between CME and the SBOT allows us to leverage each other’s resources to support the manufacturing industry sector. By focusing together on improving business competitiveness through policy change, workforce skills development, productivity and innovation programs, market growth and support for SME’s, the Surrey Board of Trade can tap into 10,000 leading companies nationwide through various initiatives in this partnership”, said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade

“Surrey is home to hundreds of the province’s manufacturing firms. Having a local partner, like the Surrey Board of Trade, will help broaden the reach of our training programs which we plan to deliver in Surrey” said Marcus Ewert-Johns, CME’s Vice-President in BC. “This partnership will also strengthen the flow of business intelligence for CME’s national and provincial policy advocacy initiatives as we tackle competitiveness challenges small and medium sized business face.”

“As trade associations, we have complementary goals and value propositions, that when combined, bring substantial benefit to companies” stated Kevin Davis, Director of Membership and Strategic Partnerships for CME British Columbia. “We look forward to growing the manufacturing base in Surrey and number of companies exporting from Surrey.”

The organizations are also collaborating to promote a broader awareness of the significant contribution manufacturing makes to the provincial economy. The partners will be coordinating a number of events and industry tour in October, which is Manufacturing Month across Canada.

In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest contributor to provincial GDP, the third largest employer, more than 55% of B.C. exports, and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government.

For More information, please contact:

Marcus Ewert-Johns

Vice-President, BC

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

+1 (604) 713-7803


Anita Huberman


Surrey Board of Trade

+1 604 340-3899

About the Surrey Board of Trade

The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT), founded in 1918, provides businesses and organizations with economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy and business connections. The Surrey Board of Trade has 2100 members, representing 6,000 business contacts.

About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association focuses on improving business competitiveness through policy change, workforce skills development, productivity and innovation programs, market growth and support for SMEs.

Founded in 1871, CME represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide, and – through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies and 2 million employees from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, international trade, and service-related industries. More than 85 per cent of members are small and medium-sized enterprises.

Collectively, CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports.