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Surrey Board of Trade Wants to Restore Canada’s Competitiveness

Improving Canada’s competitiveness requires an ambitious, aggressive and innovative private sector. Strategic thinking and smart public policies are also needed to address long-standing structural impediments that hinder businesses at a time when they need much greater flexibility to compete.

“The need for action is urgent. The standard of living of every Canadian depends on how well we respond to the challenge. We must identify and implement real, tangible solutions for breaking down the barriers to our competitiveness and for creating more opportunities and greater prosperity for Canadian businesses and families,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The Surrey Board of Trade’s Strategic Plan, with its government advocacy, business and international and workplace development goals will continue to address each of these areas in 2015.”

Today, the Surrey Board of Trade, a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s network, announces a major advocacy initiative focused on harnessing the power of business and public policy to address the 10 key barriers to Canada’s competitiveness and our national prosperity. They are (more information at the bottom of this document):

  1. Silos in skills development
  2. Entrepreneurs lack capital for Canada’s fastest growing companies
  3. Lack of clarity regarding Aboriginal land title
  4. Internal barriers to trade
  5. Canada’s tax system is too costly and complex
  6. Canada’s export infrastructure is not meeting our needs
  7. Canada is uncompetitive in the world’s tourism sector
  8. Innovation rate is not sufficient to help manufacturing rebound
  9. Territorial businesses don’t have the tools they need
  10. Canada is missing out on foreign trade opportunities

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Surrey Youth Turn Their Passions into Business!


PechaKucha Night Surrey Vol. 2: Young Entrepreneurs
February 4
Centre Stage at City Hall
IN BRIEF: Centre Stage at City Hall (13450 – 104 Avenue) with the Surrey Board of Trade present PechaKucha Night Surrey Vol. 2: Young Entrepreneurs on February 4. Fast-paced presentations begin at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, with hard-rocking music by Surrey band Switch to Black. Tickets are $15, including all fees. For advance tickets call Surrey Civic Theatres Box Office at 604-501-5566 or visit . Tickets will also be available at the door.
You’ll be amazed at what some of Surrey’s most vibrant youth are up to during an evening of fast-paced presentations by young entrepreneurs who are turning ideas into reality. Centre Stage at City Hall with the Surrey Board of Trade present PechaKucha Night Surrey Vol. 2: Young Entrepreneurs on February 4. From 6:30pm to 7pm, Surrey band Switch to Black ( kicks things into gear with a hard-rocking set, and the quick-fire presentations start at 7pm, hosted by Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.
The young entrepreneurs include: 
Mattias Boon, President of Streetrich Hip Hop Society ( 
Glen Chua, Founder of the Surrey International Film Festival ( 
Kevin Cruz, Co-Founder of ORA Scents ( and 4th year student at SFU’s Beedie School of Business
Paige Glazier, Creator of the pro-social behaviour program Team Orange (  
Tyler Reid, Founder and Operator of Tyler’s Firewood Company ( 
PechaKucha is a presentation format where 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each. The images advance automatically as the presenter speaks, making each presentation fast and fun. The format was devised by Astrid KIein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in 2003 and has since spread to over 700 cities around the world. Centre Stage at City Hall is excited to be an Authorised City in the PechaKucha



Surrey Board of Trade Applauds Prime Minister Harper’s Announcement of the Canada Apprentice Loan Program

The Surrey Board of Trade was present at today’s announcement at BCIT/VCC Campus – Annacis Island where Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Canada Apprentice Loan program.

“This will enhance the much needed support for skilled trades training, ensuring our industries and resource sectors have the skilled labour that they need. If Canada is to successfully tackle its skills gap and ensure its economic growth, we have to give special attention to the largest cohort of labour force entrants each year: young people. There is a growing understanding that closing the skills gap means better aligning our education and training systems to our labour market needs. The Canada Apprentice Loan Program is an important ingredient in the overall recipe,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Canada is falling short in addressing the current and future skills requirements of the workplace. Critically, we need to increase training spaces to ensure sufficient qualified replacement workers for the retiring workforce and to meet anticipated growth in labour needs in BC. This initiative will help those already apprenticing to complete their training and encourage more Canadians to pursue a career in the skilled trades, allowing participants to take advantage of the many job opportunities across Canada.

The Canada Apprentice Loan Program, which was introduced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014, will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades across Canada with access to interest-free loans. These loans will help apprentices address the costs they encounter during technical training, including educational fees, tools and equipment, living expenses and forgone wages. The Canada Student Loans Program, within the Employment and Social Development Canada Ministry, will manage this initiative.

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship will be able to apply for loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship-training program, for up to a maximum of six years.

Those interested in applying for the Canada Apprentice Loan can do so through the Canada Apprentice Loan Online Service, which is available through

For more information:

•   Backgrounder – Canada Apprentice Loan



The 6th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards organized by the Surrey Board of Trade with Presenting Sponsor, Vancity, is taking place in March 2015. Nominations are now open. Help the Surrey Board of Trade celebrate the successful women in Surrey that make our business community such a vibrant place!  Nominate a Surrey businesswoman in one of the four award categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate/Leadership, Professional, or Not-for-Profit Leader.  

Click here to download the nomination form and find more details or go to  
Nomination Deadline:  Friday, February 6, 2015
For additional information about the event or assistance with completing a nomination, please contact Brianne Colbert, Event Marketing Coordinator at the Surrey Board of Trade, at or 604-634-0347.

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