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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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Surrey Board of Trade Hosts Federal Election All-Candidates Business Dialogue, September 24

Candidates from five ridings will dialogue on their views on what’s best for Surrey.

The Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, is holding an Federal Election All Candidates Business Dialogue:

                  Date:                     Thursday, September 24, 2015

                  Time:                     5:30 p.m. Registration, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Program

                  Location:               Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152 Street, Surrey

                  Cost:                      Free, registration required at

Hear candidates from the Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Party, and NDP to answer questions from the business community. How will they address Surrey’s concerns on crime, transportation, international trade, social policy, environment, arts and health? What are their plans to support business – small and large? For specific industries such as manufacturer’s?

Surrey is a major consideration for the October 19th election as it is home to nearly 16,000 businesses and has approximately 46% of Metro Vancouver’s total vacant industrial land. Surrey’s growing population is projected to be 551,653 for 2016.

“Surrey is a major strategic economic area that needs to be paid attention to by our federal government,” said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

The Surrey Board of Trade wants to ensure that our members have an opportunity to engage with the federal candidates, consider their positions, and make the best choice for their federal representative.


Surrey Board of Trade and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music to Build Surrey’s Creative Economy and help Surrey’s At-Risk Youth

The Surrey Board of Trade will be welcoming Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist, Sarah McLachlan, on September 22, 2015 from 6:00-8:30pm at the Surrey Arts Centre (13750-88 Avenue) for an announcement and reception to welcome the Sarah McLachlan School of Music to Surrey.

“The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to introduce Ms. McLachlan and her School of Music to Surrey’s business community. We must work together to reduce crime and build Surrey’s creative economy. The work that the Sarah McLachlan School of Music gives our at-risk youth: reachable goals, realistic hopeful pathways, providing engaging school and community settings, and changing their expectations for their future”, said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“We are excited to expand our programming into Surrey for at-risk children and youth who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience how music education can build confidence, creativity, a sense of belonging and community,” said Rob Appleton, Executive Director, Sarah McLachlan School of Music. “We look forward to working with the Surrey Board of Trade members to ensure financial sustainability of our Surrey programming,” Appleton added.

Businesses can register by calling Deanna at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130 or by emailing her at Please note that only registered guests will be allowed into the reception.


Summer Sizzle Rooftop Reception at Sandman Hotel/Moxies Guildford 

The annual Surrey Board of Trade Summer Sizzle Rooftop Reception, hosted by the Sandman Suites Surrey-Guildford and Moxie’s Grill and Bar is coming up on August 25th. This popular event is a great way to wrap up the summer business season!  Enjoy great food, meet new people and win fabulous prizes! I encourage you to register early, as this event will sell out.

Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Moxie’s Grill and Bar – register in the lobby of the Sandman Suites (10608 151A St., Surrey BC)
Admission (+GST):  Members $25.00; Non-members $35.00
Sponsors:  Sandman Suites Surrey-Guildford and Moxie’s Grill and Bar
To register, contact Deanna at the Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130 or register online at  

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