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Climate Change Action Panel Presenting at Surrey Board of Trade Environment Lunch

On Thursday, September 10, the Surrey Board of Trade’s 9th Annual Environment and Business Achievement Awards Lunch, features a Climate Change Action Panel.   

Climate Change Action Panel:
1. Jas Johal, LNG Alliance
2. Nancy Olewiler, SFU School of Public Policy
3. Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada
4. Mike Starchuk​, City of Surrey Councillor   

This event also features the presentation of the Environment and Business Awards.   

Event Details:
Date:               Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time:               11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:          Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152 Street, Surrey
Admission:       Members - $40 +tax; Non-members - $55 +tax
Registration:    Contact Deanna at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130 or at


Surrey Board of Trade Supports Minimum Wage Increase on September 15

The Surrey Board of Trade supports the decision of the British Columbia government to tie the minimum wage level to the Consumer Price Index. The measured increase should provide a small improvement to low wage employees’ living standards without causing a dramatic impact on SME employers.

In 2010 the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) passed a policy statement on the provincial government's planned series of increases to minimum wage. In brief, the Surrey Board of Trade supported the staggered increase to allow the BC minimum wage to be more reflective of the cost of living in B.C., and to catch up to other provinces in Canada, as BC had the lowest minimum wage at the time.

In March 2015 the BC government decided to tie increases in the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). As of September 15, 2015 the BC minimum wage will increase, in accordance with the 2014 CPI of approximately 2% from $10.25 to $10.45 per hour. 

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Surrey Board of Trade Announces 2015 Environment and Business Awards Nominees

On Thursday, September 10, the Surrey Board of Trade will present three winners with the Environment and Business Awards. The awards are presented to Surrey Board of Trade members or Surrey-based businesses that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental leadership and/or issues. The award recipients are guided by a sense of respect for the environment and demonstrate this initiative consistently. 

This year’s nominees are:

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‘Surprising’ Talent Gap Survey Results to Be Announced on Webinar-September 15

When Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman recently asked members to complete a Talent Needs Test Survey, “surprising” was a word she never expected to use to describe the responses…until now. 

That’s why she and Skills International CEO Rohail Khan have announced a one-hour joint web conference open to all SBOT members and Surrey employers on Tuesday, September,  15 at 11 am to reveal the results. 

“To be honest, I expected the survey to reveal a growing talent gap problem in Surrey, but not to be as severe as it appears to be,” she says.  “And the responses to two questions were actually very surprising.”

Huberman says web conference attendees will get the survey results, but “more importantly, they will also learn about a ‘zero cost’ solution to their talent gap challenges that’s readily available but largely untapped.”

To register for the webinar, employers can click on the link below:


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