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Surrey Board of Trade Dialogues on Critical Education Investments for Surrey Businesses

The Surrey Board of Trade is asking why should business be concerned about investments in Surrey’s education. Surrey is recognized as the fastest growing city in Canada and will be the largest city in BC within a decade. Much of the growth is reflected in a younger population than nearby cities and the potential of development of businesses, manufacturers and industry. A thriving city needs a thriving economy, and that takes investment in a variety of inputs, including an educated workforce.

“I look forward to hearing the questions Surrey businesses will pose to our experts,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade, “as we all could do with a rationale and continued dialogue on what we need for our business sector and how to prepare our youth for future needs. These dialogues feed into the Surrey Board of Trade's government advocacy policies.”

A panel of experts led by SFU Provost, Dr. Jonathan Driver, will discuss:

1. If we determine that education truly is an investment that benefits the economy, what should our priorities be?

2. What return on investment are we currently receiving in Surrey?


  • Dr. Jane Fee, Vice-Provost, Students, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Ben Hume, President, Sheppards Building Materials Inc
  • Dan Reader, President, Murray Latta Progressive Machine
  • Richard Sakaki, Vice President of Human Resources, Mainroad Group

Event Details:

Date:   Friday, November 20, 2015
:  Registration, 7:30 a.m.; Program 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
:  Free, registration required with


Surrey Board of Trade Announces 2015 Surrey Business Award Winners 



Surrey, B.C. – On Thursday, November 5, 2015, the Surrey Board of Trade recognized six of Surrey’s best businesses at the 17th Annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards, with Presenting Sponsors Kwantlen Polytechnic University and TD Bank, and media sponsor the Leader Newspaper, with 400 people in attendance.  The VIP Reception was sponsored by BDC and our supporting sponsor wwas the City of Surrey. Master of Ceremonies, Kirk LaPointe, guided guests through the evening. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Surrey Board of Trade Surrey Business Excellence Awards! 

“The Surrey Board of Trade focused on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. They are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization to the very innovative student entrepreneurs,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. The judging team’s evaluation assessed the following competencies: Organizational profile, Leadership, Strategy Development and Planning, Customer focus and market knowledge, Employee Learning and People Focus, Process Management, Supplier/Partner Focus, Community Involvement, Overall business performance. The winners are:

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City of Surrey Road and Traffic Improvement Survey

The Surrey Board of Trade is seeking input from our membership about improvements to transportation infrastructure in the City of Surrey.  While CEO Anita Huberman is chairing the Surrey Light Rail Committee in conjunction with Surrey and the Business community, this survey is specific to the Surrey Budget planning process and not inclusive of regional transportation or Light Rail issues at present.  
Please answer the following questions and respond by email to
1. What road and traffic improvements would you like to see the City of Surrey undertake in the 2016 budget?
2. Which intersection or road requires the most immediate upgrades for safety or traffic management?
3. What recommendations would you make to Surrey for long term traffic management and budget focus?
Please respond by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 4th. Thank you in advance for your time and attention.


At the October 23-25th Annual Surrey Writers' Conference at the Sheraton Hotel, the Surrey Board of Trade presented the 23rd winner of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award to Sean Cranbury, in recognition of his work as a writer and his significant contribution to the community of writers.

The winner of the 2015 Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award is a writer who is a long time friend of the conference. He has been everything from a bookseller to a bartender, but has always been involved with the literary arts in Canada. He manages a bar in Vancouver, and he still manages to run the Real Vancouver Writers Series, the Stormcrow Reading Series and produce the Books on the Radio show and podcast, all while running the Giller Lite and Griffin Poetry Vancouver bashes.

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