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At this morning's Annual Surrey Writers' Conference at the Sheraton Hotel, the Surrey Board of Trade presented the 22nd winner of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award to Laura Bradbury, in recognition of her work as a writer and her significant contribution to the community of writers.

Laura has been able to turn her experiences into great reading.  She was born in Victoria but her life adventures led her and her husband to establish a network of vacation rentals in France.  Her first book about this adventure was entitled ‘My Grape Escape’. It hit number 1 on in France, and was listed in the top 100 memoirs.  Now her second book in the series called ‘My Grape Village’ is in the top 10 at Amazon.  

The Surrey Board of Trade has sponsored this award for 20 years because business people are writers themselves, working as journalists, public relations or marketing professionals, technical writers, publishers, and of course a few booksellers. “We have an interest in the business of writing and publishing. In a literate society, cultures and peoples are best remembered by the stories that survive them,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. The purpose of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award is to honor writers who have made a significant achievement in their writing careers during the past year.

1.   The person chosen to receive the award must be nominated by someone other than himself/herself.

2.   The recipient must be commercially or self-published within the last year.

3.   Nominees are those who have contributed to the writing community will be given priority consideration.

4.   Works can include books, poetry, short stories, and/or articles. There is no restriction on genre or topic.


Surrey Board of Trade Hosts BC Employment Standards Workshop-October 30

The Surrey Board of Trade will be hosting the following workshop: Understanding the BC Employment Standards Act - Trending Topics in the Workplace. Managing your employees is vital to the success of your business. At this workshop businesses will learn about the important aspects of the Employment Standards Act in BC and how to safeguard your business from costly mistakes. Additionally, they will learn about the relevant Human Rights Code sections that could impact your business. Learn about dealing with long-term, aging employees (the baby boomers), pregnancy in the workplace, medical marijuana in the workplace and protecting themselves as an employer. This workshop is presented by Robert Rogers of Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation.

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  Surrey Board of Trade office (101-14439 104 Avenue, Surrey)
Registration – 7:45 a.m. Program - 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
$25 +tax – Members; $35 +tax – Non-members

Pre-registration is required as seats are limited. To register, go online to or contact Jo-Ann Huber at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130.


2014 Surrey Business Award Finalists Announced

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Surrey Board of Trade will recognize 6 of Surrey’s best businesses in different award categories at the Academy Awards style 16th Annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards. The SBOT’s 16th Annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards, with Presenting Sponsors Kwantlen Polytechnic University and TD Bank, will feature Pamela Martin as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s event will also feature a new Corporate Social Responsibility Award, recognizing a business that is operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Networking Cocktail Reception:
  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards Presentation:
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Ave. Surrey, B.C.)
are $110 (+GST) each or $1050 (+GST) for a table of 10.


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Kevin Falcon to speak at Greater Vancouver Home Builders and Surrey Board of Trade Lunch - Nov 5

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association and the Surrey Board of Trade are jointly hosting a lunch featuring keynote speaker, Kevin Falcon, Executive Vice-President with Anthem Properties and former BC Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

The relationship between the development industry and government. He will speak to how developers can engage more effectively with municipal governments, changes needed at city and provincial government levels to support a thriving home building industry and how cities and developers currently engage to produce market-based housing.  

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel-15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
Registration and lunch: 11:30AM
Program: 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Sponsored by: FortisBC

Registration and payment can be made by calling Jo-Ann Huber at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130.