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Surrey Board of Trade Roundtable with Federal Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Michelle Rempel

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Registration and light lunch: 11:30am Program: 12:00-1:30pm

Surrey Board of Trade Conference Room (#101, 14439-104 Avenue, Surrey, BC)

Seating is limited, please register early.

This Ministry works to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of the West and the quality of life of its citizens by supporting a wide range of initiatives targeting inter-related project activities – innovation, business development and community economic development.  These programs and services are supported by WD's policy, advocacy and coordination activities. Together, these priorities create a foundation to build the prosperity and competitiveness of the West in the 21st century.

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Labour Shortages - Survey 

Did you know that many BC employers will be experiencing labour shortages over the next five years? According to the BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook, baby boomers are now starting to retire in large numbers and there are not enough new entrants in the labour market to fill these roles. Surrey receives over 7,000 newcomers per year that can help Surrey businesses avoid future labour shortages.

The Surrey Board of Trade is requesting your participation in the survey commissioned by the City of Surrey on behalf of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership. By participating in this survey you will help us learn from your experiences, challenges and best practices in hiring and working with immigrants. The survey is open to employers operating in the City of Surrey.

Take Survey

This survey is a part of the larger Immigrant Labour Market Research project conducted by Human Capital Strategies. The project aims to find new ways to make our community and workplaces more welcoming and inclusive for these newcomers who will fuel the growth of our economy.

The results of the survey, combined with other research findings, will help the Surrey LIP understand immigrant labour market integration challenges and successes specific to Surrey and develop recommendations to assist Surrey employers connect with and better utilize local immigrant talent.

Once you complete the survey you will be entered into a draw to win one of the following:

  • $100 Gift Card to My Shanti by Vikram Vij
  • iPad Air (valued at $500)
  • Two tickets to the Surrey Business Excellence Award Dinner, courtesy Surrey Board of Trade (valued at $220)

We look forward to your support with this project and if you win the contest we will be in touch with you in August.

For further information about the Surrey LIP, visit

Thank you for taking the time to consider our survey.


SBOT International Seminar: Republic of Turkey - Trade | Investment | Cooperation | July 28, 2015 - Guest speaker - Mr. Murat Ozdemir

The Surrey Board of Trade in cooperation with the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) -Vancouver and the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of the Republic of Turkey (ISPAT), the official organization of the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry in charge of international investors, are pleased to invite you, our members, and your associates to this seminar on business and investment opportunities offered by one the of the most dynamic countries of the Eurasian region - the Republic of Turkey.

Our Honorable guest speaker - is Mr. Murat Ozdemir, the Country Advisor of ISPAT who will offer information about the industrial interests and sectors with the most potential for cooperation with Canada in general and British Columbia in particular.

The Surrey Board of Trade invites all companies, organizations and individuals who are active in the Eurasia region or planning to expand their business in that part of the Globe to join this event to establish connections and update their knowledge of this economically strong and promising market.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28th, from 1:00-3:00pm (registration starts at 12:45pm)

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Surrey Board of Trade Disappointed with Transit Plebiscite Results – Transportation to Remain a Key Priority for Surrey

The Transit Plebiscite Results are:

% of valid votes voting Yes-38.32%
% of valid votes voting No-61.68%

The Question was: Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors' Council transportation and transit plan?

The Surrey Board of Trade, its Directors and Transportation Team, will work with the City of Surrey, the Province and the Federal Government’s, and other partners to ensure that Surrey gets the Transportation and Transit improvements that it needs.

“Transportation, in addition to Education, is a key foundation of driving an economy”, said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

Further, the Mayors’ Council will now have to discuss what options are available to them. The Mayor’s need to continue working collaboratively with the provincial government.

“Surrey is a strategic economic area for this province. Light Rail Transit (LRT) and other projects will remain a key priority for the Surrey Board of Trade”, said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

If the tax would have passed, these monies would have been used to pay for more buses, roads, a new Pattullo Bridge and a light rail line, transit exchanges, increased SkyTrain, West Coast Express and SeaBus service and new bikeways.

For the full Results go to: