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Wednesday
Apr092014

Surrey Board of Trade appoints Arvinder Singh Bubber as Honorary Director 

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to announce the Honorary Director appointment of Mr. Arvinder Singh Bubber to its Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Mr. Bubber will assist with special projects and provide advice on the Surrey Board of Trade’s advocacy initiatives and position papers. The Surrey Board of Trade, in accordance with their bylaws, can appoint up to 2 Directors to their Board.

“I am pleased and honored that the Surrey Board of Trade has provided me an Honorary Director’s appointment. I look forward to working together with them in building an economically stronger Surrey, locally and internationally,” said Arvinder Bubber.

Most recently Kevin Falcon was also appointed as an Honorary Director.
Previous Surrey Board of Trade Honorary Directors include Wally Oppal, Jock Finlayson and Michael Levy.

Arvinder Bubber – background 
Current: Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Member of SFU’s India Advisory Council, SFU
Winner: 2010 Surrey Business Person of the Year
Past Board associations:
Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Trade Council, Government of BC
Director, Fraser Health Authority
Chair, Board of Governors, Kwantlen University College
Member Finance and Audit Committee, Kwantlen University College

Arvinder Singh Bubber began his education at the University of Punjab, in India where he earned his undergraduate degree in the faculty of science. After moving to England in 1971, he received his chartered accountant designation and became a member of the largest professional accountancy group in England and Wales. Upon moving to Canada in 1976, Bubber worked in the financial field while earning his Canadian chartered accountant status.

Mr. Bubber spent 15 years working with various levels of government before relocating to Vancouver in 1991, to establish his own practice, A.S. Bubber and Associates. Appointed to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Board of Governors (then Kwantlen University College) in October 2001, Mr. Bubber chaired the Board from 2002-2007. His term expired in July 31, 2008.

He has mentored several others in the business world, participated in numerous fundraisers, and guided young people through the Junior Achievement Foundation of British Columbia. As the founding president of SPARK Education Foundation, he continually donates his talents to raise funds to promote academic achievement by helping students who are challenged economically or culturally to remain in high school and attain their dream of a post-secondary education.

In 2005, Arvinder Bubber was appointed as Vice-Chair, Premier’s Asia Pacific Trade Council, and in 2006, he was appointed to the Simon Fraser University Presidential Advisory Council on India.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Surrey Board of Trade completes Ottawa advocacy trip - Focus on the Fraser River 

Photo Cutline:  Ray Hudson, Policy Manager, Surrey Board of Trade,  Jasbir Sandhu, MP Surrey-North and Jeff Scott, CEO, Fraser Surrey Docks.

The Surrey Board of Trade’s Policy Manager, Ray Hudson, travelled to Ottawa last week with Jeff Scott, CEO, Fraser Surrey Docks who was leading a delegation of customers and supply chain partners. The purpose of the advocacy delegation was to familiarize and underscore the critical importance of the Fraser River to the Canadian economy.

Meetings were held with: The Prime Minister’s office, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Deputy Minister and Staff for Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel’s political staff, Agriculture Canada, International Trade, Minister of National Revenue, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt as well as numerous MP’s of all political backgrounds.

Key messages delivered by the delegation were that Fraser Surrey Docks is the largest multi-purpose terminal on North America’s west coast, currently handling 250 deep-sea vessels and that millions of tonnes of cargo move through the terminal each year

The Fraser River still has significant land to develop within an industrial setting, which can help support the growth and expansion necessary as the regional population continues to grow (another 1 million people expected in the South Fraser by 2025).

“We wanted to be in Ottawa to underscore just how important the Fraser River is and that it is as significant to the Canadian economy as is the St. Lawrence Seaway,” said Scott. “With the growth of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, it is critical that the federal government remains aware that the river’s infrastructure requires support and assistance from all levels of government to ensure that this critical asset can continue to meet the growing market demands and contribute to Canada’s economy.”

“The Surrey Board of Trade along with our neighbouring Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, has an enormous stake in the Fraser River as an international Marine Highway contributing to the growth of the regional, provincial and national economy,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “We participated in the recent meetings in Ottawa to underline the importance of Fraser Surrey Docks and the need for infrastructure improvements in the Fraser River.” 

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Wednesday
Mar262014

Surrey Board of Trade Says No to Recycling Program

The Surrey Board of Trade is not supporting the new recycling regime under the direction of Multi-Materials of BC.

“The position was taken due to a rising number of concerns being raised by small businesses, which comprise a large percentage of our membership,” said Anita Huberman, CEO.  “We’re concerned that the financial and administrative impact on business will result in much higher fees required to comply with the law, or administrative loads necessary to comply with these additional levels of red tape. This will increase the cost to business and in effect our economy.”

The Surrey Board of Trade is concerned that as businesses continue to struggle with a still fragile economy these additional fees and administrative pressures will force prices up, and create another level of bureaucracy imposed with little consultation, much ambiguity and no consideration for the problems now coming to light.  Certain sectors such as the printing and publishing industries are facing serious consequences, which threaten their ability to continue in business at all. "This is not good for Surrey at all", said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

There is considerable unhappiness with the way the program has been developed and imposed, with little apparent regard for the economic health of the business sector, as well as little regard for programs, such as newspaper recycling which is already highly successful.  Some businesses have charged that the changes will result in additional charges for this collection, which currently returns about $120 per tonne.

At last year’s UBCM, the program was hotly debated and a number of communities rejected the financial incentives proposed by MMBC. 

“Despite the May 19th deadline to enroll, the program is clearly not ready, and we strongly urge the provincial government to impose a delay in its implementation or stop it all together until these problems are resolved,” said Huberman.  “The Surrey Board of Trade is prepared to participate with the provincial government assisting with stakeholder consultations and workshops to help resolve some of these issues.  Of course we will also assist in disseminating program information, facilitating workshops and communicate to the monitoring table for this program."

The intent of this program was to reduce waste, to reduce the packaging used in consumer goods. Instead business is now faced with actual added costs – and that is not acceptable.

Tuesday
Mar182014

Surrey's Ronald McDonald Family Room to Open in June 2014 - Need to raise $240,000

<Photo inclusion>:  from left, Steve Stew, Matcon Contracting, David O’Sullivan, Surrey Board of Trade, Lois Carefoot, Volunteer, Robbin McManne, McDonald’s, Aubrey Kelly, SCDC, Bawa Singh Kehal, Bestway Mortgage Corp, John Kearns, Sheraton, Karen Gauvreau, SD Pharmaceuticals, Dave Hayer, Conservative MP Nomination, M.S. Dhaliwal, Bestway Mortgage Corp., Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade, Richard Pass, Ronald McDonald House BC, Bill Rempel, Blackwood Partners, Joe Hargitt, Ronald McDonald House BC.

This month, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman and other community leaders toured the site of the new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital, made possible by generous support from the Surrey Board of Trade and its members. It will open in June 2014 to serve families from Surrey and the Fraser Valley.

A Ronald McDonald Family Room is a special place of respite, relaxation and privacy for families with hospitalized children. When a child is critically ill, parents are reluctant to leave the hospital. Yet, they may desperately need a break from the ongoing stress of beeping monitors and busy intensive care units. They may have other children to care for or simply need a hot meal and a shower while remaining close to their sick child.

Located outside of the Neonatal ICU in the Hospital’s new Critical Care Tower, the Family Room will keep families together during times of medical crisis. Amenities include four bedrooms with showers, kitchen and laundry facilities, TV and internet access, a play area and a comfortable lounge.

The Capital Campaign for the Surrey Family Room is now in the final push. Thanks to your support, the campaign has raised $480,000 so far! Ronald McDonald House BC needs your help to raise another $240,000 by the time the Family Room opens this June. You can contribute by visiting www.rmhbc.ca.

A sneak peek at the Family Room and a series of information sessions are planned for the coming weeks. If you would like more information, please contact Joe Hargitt at joe@rmhbc.ca or 604-736-2957.