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At today's Surrey Board of Trade 2016 Economic Forecast Lunch, the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) launched their Youth Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Action Plan (YEAAP).

"One-third of Surrey's population is under the age of 19. As a business organization we have a responsibility to support our youth in entrepreneurship activity. They are our future workers and entrepreneurs," said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The SBOT Youth Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Action Plan encompasses the following fundamentals:

1.  It is an economic and social imperative to address youth unemployment challenges

2. Boosting youth enterprises deliver substantial benefits both for the entrepreneur and for the economy

3. Entrepreneurship is not for everybody, but for many it can provide a long-term route out of poverty

4. Making entrepreneurship work is not the responsibility of one sector alone; it requires dedicated actions from all sectors of the community

5. Young people need to be encouraged and supported to take advantage of the opportunities of entrepreneurship

While some programming and collaborative activity has existed, the YEAAP creates structure in the overall Surrey Board of Trade objective on the Workplace Development Strategy for Youth.

The Surrey Board of Trade Youth Entrepreneur Team, comprised of business leaders and youth, will tie services, programming and events into the SBOT's Business Centre as a hub for young entrepreneurs. The Youth Entrepreneur Team will engage in:

  1. Grades 4 to 8 Students: Surrey Board of Trade PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs® Program
  2. Grades 10-12 Students: Surrey Board of Trade & Junior Achievement of BC Youth Leaders of Today Program (in its 9th year)
  3. Post-Secondary-University & College Programming which include marketing services in collaboration with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
    and University and College Business Plan Competitions (including ongoing participation in the SFU Venture Connection Program)
  4. Mentoring
  5. Work Experience Program
  6. Youth Business Events which include the SBOT's Top 25 under 25 Awards and Youth Innovator Award
  7. Youth Entrepreneur Business Centre Services

For more information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade at or at 604-634-0342



Surrey Board of Trade Introduces the 1st Surrey Mayor's Breakfast Series, featuring Canadian Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi

 The inaugural SURREY BOARD OF TRADE MAYOR'S BREAKFAST SERIES, featuring Canada's Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 - Registration and 7:15 am - 9:00 am - Surrey City Hall-Council Chambers (13450-104 Avenue, Surrey BC)
General Admission: $40 + tax 

The Surrey Board of Trade is connecting the business community to Surrey City Hall
Join Mayor Linda Hepner in this high-profile breakfast series where issues vital to Surrey's prosperity and quality of life are presented. The purpose of the Mayor’s Breakfast Series is to continually engage businesses and provide ongoing updates and initiatives from Surrey City Hall.
 The Mayor’s Breakfast Series is anticipated to be a popular event where guest speakers will include high-profile political, business and community leaders.

Municipal update: Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner
Federal update: Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
The Minister wants to work in a collaborative way, with an appreciation that provincial and territorial governments are key partners in successful infrastructure projects. The Minister will engage with municipal governments as key partners in the development of plans.
Sponsored by: Cascade Aerospace

Please call Deanna at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130 to register.


Surrey Board of Trade Supports the Replacement of the George Massey Tunnel and Wants a Coordinated Regional Tolling Policy

The Surrey Board of Trade is initiating an education and advocacy program in support of Mobility Pricing as the preferred option for funding future infrastructure and transit projects and calls for a coordinated regional tolling policy for all existing transportation infrastructure and all future transportation infrastructure.

“Coordinated regional planning for infrastructure and tolling policy is desperately needed to ensure that no area is unduly penalized by unequal tolling practices,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “The movement of goods and services will be severely impacted when business and commuters are driven to use the only non-tolled options because the alternative is too expensive for small business bottom lines and average family budgets."    

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Last week the loonie dropped below US$0.70 and is expected to dip even further. Now, more than ever, I encourage you to attend our annual Surrey Board of Trade Economic Forecast Lunch. Our panel of expert speakers will provide an overview of what’s expected for our local, provincial, federal and international economies - information you will need as you plan your fiscal year. A question and answer period will be included in the program.
Sponsored by
Tien Sher Construction Group Ltd. with Media Sponsors: CKNW and the Now Newspaper.


  1. Ken Peacock, Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Council of BC
  2. Robert Levy, Managing Director, Border Gold Corp. and Financial Commentator, CKNW
  3. Eamonn Percy, Founder, Percy Group Capital & Business Advisors
This event will also feature a presentation on the Surrey Youth Vital Signs Report, which focuses exclusively on discovering the experiences of youth aged 12 to 24 who live in Surrey. This report strives to provide information that helps to select, craft, and fund intelligent policy and program plans that meet the current and future needs of youth.
In addition, the Surrey Board of Trade's Youth Action Plan will be launched.

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: Registration and lunch - 11:30am; Program - 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 Street, Surrey)
Admission (+GST): General Admission $65 each or $390 for a table of 6; **SBOT Member Price $50 each or $300 for a table of 6

To register, go online to or call 604-581-7130.