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Surrey International Trade Awards Nominations Now Open

 Surrey can be proud of its record of import and export achievements. The Surrey Board of Trade International Trade Awards provide recognition for this success, raise awareness of the vital contribution imports and exports make to B.C.’s economy, and act as a catalyst for companies to reach even higher levels of excellence.

Nominations are now being accepted in the following two categories:
1. Small Business – Under $15 Million Revenue
Large Business – Over $15 Million Revenue.
The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 10, 2015, by 5:00pm. Nomination forms and more information can be found at

Entrants can range from sole traders to large manufacturing organizations, and cover all sectors of Surrey’s diverse business landscape. The majority of business activities must be conducted in Surrey and/or the applicant must be a member of the Surrey Board of Trade. The goal is to recognize outstanding international trade achievement in Surrey. Applicants can be an import or export company, or both an import and export company.

The Surrey Board of Trade will be presenting the 7th International Trade Awards at a reception held on May 7, 2015.

The International Trade Awards Reception will feature an International Trade Show, keynote speakers, delicious appetizers and networking with Consulate Offices, Business Leaders and Government Representatives.


AFEX Opens Office in Surrey, Partners with Surrey Board of Trade

Partnership will expand AFEX’s reach, accessing energy, mining and other key industries in Western Canada

Woodland Hills, Calif. – February 17, 2015 — AFEX, one of the world’s largest non-bank providers of global payment, foreign currency and risk management solutions, today announced its expansion to Vancouver via a strategic partnership with the Surrey Board of Trade.  The new AFEX Vancouver office will be headquartered within the Surrey Board of Trade.

The partnership will take advantage of synergies between AFEX and the Surrey Board of Trade, a Vancouver-based non-profit that advocates for local businesses at all levels of government, facilitates networking opportunities, and provides cost-saving benefits and marketing opportunities.

Western Canada is a key strategic market for AFEX with an internationally engaged economy in diverse sectors such as energy, mining, finance, insurance, real estate and corporate management, and AFEX will seek to assist clients with a customized strategy to manage foreign currency exposure and mitigate risk.

“With our joint expertise, AFEX and the Surrey Board of Trade can help elevate local industries in western Canada in the competitive global landscape,” said Jay Fischbach, AFEX’s Canada Country Manager.  “We look forward to assisting clients with their global payment risk management needs in such a dynamic region that has immense potential for growth.”

The Surrey Board of Trade represents 6,000 local business member contacts, and over 60,000 employees, representing 2,100 businesses.  

“We’re excited about partnering with AFEX in their latest expansion in Canada, as it serves to enhance the Surrey Board of Trade's international trade goals,” said Anita Patil Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.  “We have a shared mission to enhance the local community and further the interests of businesses in the region, both locally and globally.” 

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STABLE BUDGET FOR THE BC ECONOMY - Surrey Board of Trade would like further clarity for Surrey investments  

“The Surrey Board of Trade applauds the BC Government for delivering a balanced budget in an unstable economy. The surplus of $878 million and the forecast of increasing surpluses for the next three years will serve the Surrey business community and our residents well,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “Now the government needs to clarify their strategic investments in Surrey.”


Balanced Budget

Fiscally responsible, a good foundation for future growth.

Support for International Trade

The establishment of the Renminbi Trade Hub will facilitate increased trade with China and the potential for increased jobs in BC. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognizes the potential for $6.2 billion in transaction costs savings over the next 10 years. Surrey and British Columbia will benefit greatly as a result.


Last year we saw some progress in terms of budget support to BC families. The Surrey Board of Trade supports the exemption of Child Support Payments from income assistance calculations. Further, Surrey families will appreciate the increase in tax credits for sports equipment.

Poverty Reduction

The Surrey Board of Trade recognizes some progress to reducing poverty in this budget such as the Early Childhood Tax Benefit and Community Living BC investments. However, we would like to see a more comprehensive strategic approach around reducing poverty in BC as, unfortunately, BC remains the leader in child poverty for Canada. A title we should plan to remove.


Will Surrey be the beneficiary of new investments in the areas of health care, post secondary education, skill and trades training capital spending? The Surrey Board of Trade, given Surrey’s growing population of 1500 people a month, would like to see greater detail on the BC governments infrastructure and investment plans for Surrey.


The Surrey Board of Trade’s Environment Advocacy Team will be reviewing the economic impact of the new water Sustainability Act, which will be in force in 2016.


We appreciate the funding of North Clayton Secondary School and the investment in Surrey. As the fastest growing large city in BC, we are looking forward to further funding announcements to address the overwhelming number of students being educated in portables.

Crime & Justice

We note that there is no discussion of the provincial Blue Ribbon Panel Report on Crime Reduction in this budget. The Surrey Board of Trade contributed to the study and supports the recommendations, which require strategic investments to strengthen crime prevention in Surrey.


The Surrey Board of Trade appreciates the concerted fiscal responsibility shown by the government in these uncertain economic times. We look forward to hearing more detail regarding how the budget will impact Surrey’s economy. 

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Surrey Women in Business Awards Finalists 2015 and Keynote Speaker Announced: Justin Trudeau

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 6th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon, with Presenting Sponsor Vancouver City Savings Credit Union.  This event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to the community. 

We will be joined by keynote speaker Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and MP for Papineau, Quebec.

Steve Darling of Global BC is back as Master of Ceremonies!

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Location: Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 Street, Surrey, B.C.)

Time: Registration and lunch - 11:30 a.m.; program - 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Admission (+GST): $55.00 each or $440.00 for a table of 8


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